Giants 2013: Defensive Positional Grades

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Corners

Prince Amukamara allowed ONE touchdown pass and a long gainer of 45 in over 1,100 snaps at RCB. He shoots the gap on run plays and his physical brand of football is endearing. Amukamara will be a free agent in 2015 and the Jints need to get him locked up.

Replacing the injured Corey Webster, 5’9 Trumaine McBride played to a 6.6 pass coverage rating at LCB — albeit, much of his accolades were obtained in week 17 with two interceptions and six passes defensed. He certainly was not exposed.

Terrell Thomas often struggled in slot coverage, but he has a nose for making winning plays. All in all, not too shabby for an athlete coming of THREE torn ACL’s.

Grade: B-

Safeties

Antrel Rolle claims he made game changing plays on a weekly basis; the evidence of that claim is hard to ascertain. Rolle assembled a rock solid season on all fronts, but the “wow” moments were few and far between. He was embarrassed by Cole Beasley on the season’s biggest play.

Will Hill was the Giants highest rated performer by Pro Football Focus — 15.7. Hill accumulated 60 solo tackles in 12 games and graded out at 10.4 in coverage. Activity, athleticism and form tackling. If he stays the course away from the gridiron, the Giants have a gem who’s only just beginning to tap into his potential.

Former sixth round pick Ryan Mundy had a rough go in week 16 at Detroit (3 missed tackles), but he otherwise played satisfactory ball in emergency usage.

Grade: A-

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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.