NY Giants : 5 edge rushers to target in the draft

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Potential Giants draft pick Terrell Lewis
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2. Terrell Lewis – Alabama

Assuming that the NY Giants decide to stand pat with the fourth pick or select anything other than an edge rusher in the first round, Alabama’s Terrell Lewis could be an option for them in the second round of the upcoming draft.

Lewis has an explosive first step and an extremely impressive wingspan that makes him an ideal edge rushing prospect in the NFL. In addition, he is extremely mobile and is effective when playing in run defense. However, he has shown the tendency to be easily handled by tight ends and running backs in blocking situations at times, neutralizing his abilities.

He is highly mobile, has an excellent tackling radius due to his long arms and is not afraid to deliver bone-jarring hits to the ball carrier. Lewis needs to improve on his counter moves in order be become elite at the next level. Additionally, he needs to improve in coverage and does not seem to read the offensive playcalling that well.

Had he not had an injury to a ligament in his elbow in 2017 and an ACL tear in his knee in 2018, there is a good chance that he would be selected much higher in the upcoming draft. However, after the two injuries claimed a significant portion of two of the past three seasons for Lewis, injury concern will likely cause him to slip a bit in the draft, making him a high upside pick.

The 6’5″ and 260-pound Lewis is ideal as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme. He is expected to be selected in either the second or third rounds of the draft. With the Giants possessing only a compensatory pick in the third round, they would likely need to draft Lewis in the second round if they hope to get him.