Giants 2013: Defensive Positional Grades

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Dec 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) gets away from New York Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Linebackers

The “stabilizing force”, otherwise known as Jon Beason, recorded 65 tackles in 11 games with Big Blue. While he had his moments diagnosing and chasing down run plays, Beason was abused in coverage situations. He rated 52 of 55 inside backers with a -11.2 grade.

In 707 defensive snaps, former undrafted FA Spencer Paysinger finished second on the team with 35 stops. He doesn’t possess the natural ability to regularly impact plays, but he was decent in coverage and didn’t miss tackles (3).

Jacquian Williams is missing the physicality quotient to mix it up at the point of attack, but his fluidity plays well in coverage — 5.3 grade. Keith Rivers was the polar opposite earning a 3.7 run grade but tight in space.

Grade: C

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  • Joseph Bulger

    This is a solid defense missing just a few key players to become top 5… most notably a top shelf CB opposite Prince, and a big time WILL. I’m thinking there are FA fills for both. Drafting 12th could present JR with an opportunity to go for Darqueze Dennard, but as tempting as that is, JR is committed to fixing the offense first and foremost. If he goes CB with 12, and then tries to compensate with a top Guard at 43, he may end up with no starting o-line draft talent in 2014, and he can’t afford to fix multiple holes with FAs. That’s too expensive… 1st round pick Justin Pugh costs less than $2M in 2014 CAP, whereas 2nd round FA acquisition Center Baas is a $8M 2014 CAP hit. In essence JR could go top tier OT and top OG on day 1, with starter level talent in 2014, and the total cap hit for both would be HALF of what it would be to get just one FA lineman. JR should go get WILL Wesley Woodyard, but he’ll be expensive. Nonetheless, Williams-Beason-Woodyard is a solid LB corps.