4. Daryl Williams – Tackle, Carolina Panthers
Daryl Williams has been a suggested target for the New York Giants previously, as he would be a seemingly excellent fit to upgrade the offensive line. Williams, who is 28-years-old has the flexibility to play either tackle position, as well as guard.
At 6’6″ and 330 pounds, Williams is a giant, making it more difficult for pass rushers to get by. Despite his massive frame, Williams has proven to be extremely athletic and productive for the Carolina Panthers.
In 2017, Williams was named to the Pro Bowl. However, in 2018, he missed most of the season due to a torn MCL injury, that caused him to need surgery and be placed on the injured reserve. Given the fact that the Panthers drafted Greg Little in last year’s draft, it is likely that the are willing to allow Williams to walk in favor of the younger Little.
The Giants have struggled at both tackle positions. Mike Remmers is on a one year deal with the team and Nate Solder, currently one of the highest paid offensive lineman in football, has struggled mightily at left tackle since coming over from the New England Patriots.
Bringing in Williams would allow the Giants to potentially move Solder to right tackle (or get rid of him all together) in an effort to help mitigate the quarterback pressures that he has been giving up to defenders, while attempting to protect the blind side of quarterback Daniel Jones.
Signing Williams allows the Giants to use valuable draft capital on other needs outside of tackle, where the draft class is somewhat weak outside of the University of Georgia’s Andrew Thomas. Instead of paying a high price for Thomas due to position scarcity, signing Williams – at what figures to be an affordable rate- allows them to go after the best player available.