New York Giants: Top 5 takeaways from the Senior Bowl
By Henry Buggy
#5 – Darius Leonard, Shaquem Griffin, Harrison Phillips Potential Draft Fits
There were multiple defensive standouts at the Senior Bowl this week. But three players, in particular, showcased skill-sets that could help Big Blue.
The Giants are in need of a clear upgrade at linebacker. South Carolina State’s Darius Leonard showed why he climbing up big boards this draft season. The 6-foot-2, 229-pound inside linebacker racked up a game-high 14 tackles and has drawn comparisons to Jaguars Pro Bowl linebacker Telvin Smith.
UCF outside linebacker Shaquem Griffin and Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips also stood out both in practice and in the game on Saturday. The Giants need to add some young talent at outside linebacker under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher.
The G-Men looked set at the defensive tackle position with both Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson. But they may need to add another defensive lineman up front with the switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme. Bettcher is known for switching up his defensive packages, making Phillips a potential mid-round target. The 6-foot-3, 303-pound defensive lineman has the ability to play both defensive tackle in a 4-3 front and defensive end in a 3-4 front at the next level.