No. 5 – Romeo Okwara
Either Romeo Okwara or Avery Moss could have taken this spot. Both enter training camp on the roster bubble, but Okwara likely has more to prove entering his third season.
The Giants did move on from Jason Pierre-Paul this offseason, but the additions of Lorenzo Carter, Kareem Martin, and Connor Barwin have arguably improved their pass rush.
Moss is likely Okwara’s biggest competition to make the 53-man roster. However, there’s no guarantee either will make the team.
The Giants may elect to keep just four outside linebackers. They could also opt to keep five edge rushers and cut their roster elsewhere.
Moss showed promise in his rookie season, ranking third among New York’s edge defenders in terms of pass rush productivity, according to Pro Football Focus.
Okwara also showed promise in his rookie year. He recorded 25 tackles, two passes defended, and a sack in 2016. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound edge rusher displayed the ability to play at both outside linebacker and defensive end at Notre Dame.