6. ILB Cory Littleton
Another player that is coming off of his rookie deal after playing his best ball in 2019, ‘former’ Rams linebacker Cory Littleton would fill a huge void in the middle of the NY Giants’ defense. After coming into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2016, Littleton quickly worked his way up to the 2018 All-Pro team and followed that up with another impressive season in 2019.
Known more for his pass coverage than his run defense, Littleton could be a perfect fit in the Big Blue defense. With the Giants possessing a group of mammoth defensive lineman and Ryan Connelly, Littleton would be free to roam sideline-to-sideline and do what he does best — effect the opposing quarterback.
After watching Alec Ogletree for the past two years, Littleton would be a welcomed addition in that regard. Linebackers that can be assets in coverage are few and far between and Littleton has that part of his game solidified. Via PFF, Littleton put up back-to-back seasons with coverage grades of 82 and 83, making him inherently valuable in a 34 defense.
With the NY Giants being devoid of a true difference-making off-ball linebacker since the Antonio Pierce days, there’s no telling just how big a difference Littleton could make. It’d be important to pair him with a solid run-stuffing linebacker, but Big Blue figures to have that in Connelly and David Mayo (should he be brought back).
Due to the inside-linebacker position being sightly undervalued these days, the Giants could actually land Littleton on a reasonable deal.
If it happens, hopefully, Litteon doesn’t turn out like the last Rams inside linebacker that came to play for Big Blue.
Chance it happens: Moderate
How much could it cost: 4 years/$40M