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“He fits [at] inside [linebacker] or outside [linebacker]. Or safety,” one coach said. “The only reason I say all that is because the dude can just run. Having guys that can flat-out run, there is something to that, especially in the middle of the defense.” ...
The comparisons from coaches and executives ranged from former Pittsurgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier to Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tyrann Mathieu to Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James to Lions linebacker Jamie Collins. Simmons sees himself as a combination of Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller for his pass-rush ability, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey for his coverage and Mathieu for his versatility.
This is former Giant Geoff Schwartz answering a mailbag question as to whether or not the Giants should select Isaiah Simmons at No. 4:
Offensive tackle, 100 percent. Offensive tackle is one of the most vital positions in the league. It’s hard to win without two of them, and we’ve seen the importance of right tackles pick up over the last decade as elite level pass rushers have moved over to the left defensive end spot.
This is the best draft season for offensive tackles in years, and at No. 4, the Giants will get their pick of them. They could draft Jedrick Wills out of Alabama and put him at right tackle for years. With a young quarterback like Jones, having an offensive line that’s set for years is a huge plus for development.
Besides the value of an offensive tackle, I think there’s some concern about Simmons in the NFL. I’ve heard from scouts and other people I trust who watch film that Simmons is a major boom-or-bust prospect. It has nothing to do with his immense talent and his playmaking ability, but rather he might be positionless in the NFL if not handled correctly.
As he showed at Clemson, Simmons can play linebacker, pass rusher, safety, and wherever else you want him. And that’s the issue. If you draft him and just try to figure out what he does when he gets on the field, you’ve now lost the value of that draft pick. If you’re drafting a player that high, you must know exactly where he fits in your defense and put him there.
In my opinion, he’s a linebacker. He’s not a safety. But he’s versatile enough to run with running backs and tight ends at linebacker. But again, you best have a position-specific role for him when he’s drafted. Floating all over the defense isn’t going to work.
Davis, a safety, could be a mid-round target for the Giants.
It’s about science, and safety.
“We will not have sporting events with fans until we have a vaccine,” says Zach Binney, a PhD in epidemiology who wrote his dissertation on injuries in the NFL and now teaches at Emory. Barring a medical miracle, the process of developing and widely distributing a vaccine is likely to take 12 to 18 months. ...
O.K., but what about empty stadiums?
“The idea of a quarantined sports league that can still go on sounds really good in theory,” says Binney. “But it’s a lot harder to pull off in practice than most people appreciate.”
We know has has said he is “open for business,” but that he doesn’t want to drop too far.
This is a nice breakdown of the entire class.
Can Love be the free safety the Giants need?
“Oh, definitely, that thought crosses my mind every day,’’ Love told The Post from Chicago, where he is living back home with his parents during this pandemic. “I want to be the safety of the future for the Giants.
“I believe I’m the guy. If I didn’t feel that way I wouldn’t say that. But I do feel like that. I’ve been working real hard. I want to go there and get everything in motion and really have a dominant year.’’
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