RD 4: LB Troy Dye
After the New York Giants spent a bunch of money in free agency to sign former Packers linebacker Blake Martinez and to bring back David Mayo, the team is in dire need of a linebacker who can provide adequate coverage in passing situations, as both Martinez and Mayo present liabilities in coverage.
As a result, New York uses its fourth-round pick to select Troy Dye out of the University of Oregon with the 110th overall selection. By nabbing Dye, the Giants get an undersized linebacker who is ideal in coverage situations and can make plays in open space.
While he struggles against the run and possesses only modest tackling power, Dye has the athleticism and length to adequately cover running backs, tight ends and slot receivers from the linebacker position.
In four years with the Ducks, Dye amassed 398 total tackles, 15 sacks, five interceptions, and four forced fumbles. In doing so, he showed his ability to be a game-changing playmaker for Oregon. With his fourth-round selection, the Giants hope that his college success translates to the NFL.
Best case scenario New York lands a long-term three-down linebacker. Worst case scenario, they land a situational linebacker who can play in passing down situations and limit the coverage exposure issues of Martinez and Mayo.
After taking a high reward coverage linebacker in Dye in the fourth round, the New York Giants use their fifth-round pick to select: