RD 3 (from Chargers): EDGE Curtis Weaver
After missing out on a linebacker with positional versatility who possesses solid coverage skills, run defense, and pass-rushing abilities in Isaiah Simmons, the New York Giants opt for a lesser version of Simmons by selecting Curtis Weaver out of Boise State University in the third round.
While Weaver has the skills to help in every facet of the game, the Giants draft him for his ability to get after the quarterback. Weaver projects as a player who should be able to provide double-digit sack totals after totaling 34 sacks in the past three seasons with the Broncos.
In addition to his high sack totals at Boise State, Weaver also was able to record 200 total tackles, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions, showing that Weaver is able to be a solid all-around producer on defense.
Weaver projects more as an outside linebacker edge rusher in a 3-4 defense but has also shown the ability to put his hand in the dirt along the defensive line. His versatility bodes well for new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who is reportedly considering a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defensive scheme based on opponent and the strengths of the players on the roster.
The Weaver selection gives Graham another versatile hybrid style player for Graham to expand his defensive playbook with and it gives New York another solid pass-rushing option to pair along with the newly added Gross-Matos who was selected in the previous round.
Adding a franchise tackle and two excellent pass-rushing prospects fills two massive areas of need on the Giants’ roster. With their second pick in the third round that they received as a compensatory pick for Landon Collins leaving in free agency, the New York Giants select: