5. Shaquille Quarterman-University of Miami
If the NY Giants want an old school style linebacker later in the draft, Shaquille Quarterman of the University of Miami would make an excellent selection. The 6’1″ and 240-pound linebacker is one of the most physical players available at his position in the upcoming draft.
Quarterman epitomizes high effort and is guaranteed to be going full-tilt on every play. He possesses great athleticism and is extremely aggressive. In addition, Quarterman is a fundamentally sound tackler who dishes out bone-jarring hits on ball carriers.
His athleticism and short-area quickness make him difficult to block when he is pass-rushing, making him a highly effective option to blitz the quarterback. However, Quarterman is not a viable option in passing situations, as his coverage skills are not optimal. As a result, he is not likely to be an every-down linebacker in the NFL but will thrive in run defense and in the blitz.
Quarterman comes into the draft playing all four seasons at Miami and is among the all-time statistical leaders in Miami history at linebacker, which is a bold statement given that its the school that produced linebackers such as Ray Lewis, Dan Morgan, Jonathan Vilma, and former Giants Micheal Barrow, Jon Beason, and Jessie Armstead.
Last season Quarterman had 107 total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and five pass deflections. He will need to refine his game if he hopes to become an everyday starter in the NFL.
Currently, Quarterman projects as a fourth to sixth-round selection in the upcoming draft. He represents a linebacker option that the Giants could take a chance on later in the draft who at the very least represents a solid situational linebacker against the run and an excellent special teams addition.