NY Giants : 5 edge rushers to target in the draft

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Potential Giants draft pick Nick Coe
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4. Nick Coe – Auburn

If the NY Giants decide to not resign Leonard Williams in the offseason, a player that they could look to replace him with in the draft is Nick Coe. At 6’5″ and 290-pounds, Coe is a large edge rusher that is best suited for a 3-4 defensive scheme.

After a breakout season in 2018 with Auburn, in which Coe registered 23 tackles, 13 and a half tackles for a loss, seven sacks, and two forced fumbles, he had an extremely disappointing follow-up in 2019 with 15 tackles, no sacks, and no forced turnovers.

As a result, Coe is expected to see his draft stock fall and is projected to be available between the third and fifth rounds of the draft. If his 2019 season was an aberration, he could present an absolute bargain for the Giants in that part of the draft.

Coe has extremely long arms and is disruptive in the passing game. He is a prototypical bull rusher who has strong hands with a great punch, to go along with being a tough player. He has a wide tackling radius due to his long wingspan, which allows him to be productive against the run.

Additionally, Coe is a good athlete with a solid first step for a man of his stature. However, he will need to improve upon his technique and add some moves to his arsenal if he hopes to excel at the next level. Coe also could use some improvement in play recognition.

With the size and athleticism to play either defensive end or defensive tackle, Coe projects to fit best in a 3-4 defensive scheme. If Williams does walk in the offseason, Coe could represent a player who pairs well with fellow former SEC defensive linemen Dexter Lawrence, B.J. Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson along the NY Giants defensive line.