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Writer Dan Duggan highlights the Giants offseason with his superlative rankings.
The Giants already have two starting-caliber tight ends on the roster in Evan Engram and the newly signed Kyle Rudolph on his two-year deal. Neither player is likely to factor into the Giants’ long-term plans at the position.
Rudolph will turn 32 years old next season, and Engram will be playing on the fifth-year option on his rookie contract in 2021. Injuries and inconsistent play have led to disappointing results for the former Ole Miss Rebel throughout that contract.
Freiermuth is a clear tier below Pitts in this tight end class, but he’s also a tier above any other tight end available as the 43rd-ranked player on PFF’s Big Board. The next-closest tight end prospect is Miami’s Brevin Jordan at 97th overall. Freiermuth has the size and ball skills to contribute early in a passing attack over the middle of the field, and he was a strong run-blocker for much of his collegiate career at Penn State.
His addition in the second round would allow the Giants to run plenty of varied personnel groupings with three capable tight ends in 2021 while giving them a young, cheaper option at the position moving forward.
Certainly an “out there” option given the presence of 2020 Pro Bowler Evan Engram and recent free agency signing Kyle Rudolph, Freiermuth is certainly a talented tight end who would likely be the top TE prospect in a normal draft class (though Kyle Pitts is an Engram-level athlete with more reliable hands). While he’d serve well learning from Rudolph and Engram, Freiermuth would likely be a second round pick if the Giants wanted him and that is just too high a value for a well-stocked position.
Writer Cody Benjamin goes in depth on how the Giants might address their needs over all seven rounds in April’s Draft.
Given the Giants’ recent signing of Danny Shelton, the team may still feel they can add from the free agent pool if the right talent is there for the right price and fit. Would you like to see any of these guys on the Giants?
2022 NFL Free Agents: Top free agents by position potentially available - Pro Football Network
Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram lead the way at their positions among the top potential free agents in 2022.
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