2015 NFL Draft: New York Giants Must Draft For Defense


As we look forward to a new exciting New York Giants defense under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo there are lots of concerns to address. After losing Mathias Kiwanuka and Antrel Rolle this year, Justin Tuck the year before and Osi Umenyiora in 2013, the Giants should look to add some fresh young talent to their defensive roster.

Defensive end Randy Gregory of Nebraska would compliment the Giants 4-3 defense nicely. He’s a big guy at 6-5 and 235 lbs. with very long arms, power and speed. Gregory is an explosive player. He has a playing style similar to Jason Pierre-Paul.

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In his Junior year at Nebraska he had a team high of 7 sacks. He’s a very strong and athletic player who would be a great asset to the Giants defense.

Defensive Tackle Arik Armstead of Oregon is 6’7″ 292lbs. His solid great body frame and strength give him a big advantage over opposing teams. Armstead is very light on his feet and can beat avoid blocks with his quickness.

Sep 13, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Colby Kirkegaard (11) steps back to throw the ball as Oregon Ducks defensive lineman Arik Armstead (9) reaches to block the pass at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

At the NFL Combine Armstead ran the 40 yard dash in 5.10 seconds. This season he had 16 quarterback pressures, 4.5 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The Giants can use a guy of this size and athleticism on their defense.

Under the great Spagnuolo, Armstead can become a great pass rusher from the defensive tackle position. These are just two players that the Giants can target in the 2015 NFL Draft. The bottom line is that the team would benefit from drafting for the defense.

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