6th round target: Tanner Muse- S – Clemson
Why would he be a good value for the NY Giants in the 6th round? The Thorpe Award semifinalist played 57 career games for Clemson and never took a play off. Voted permanent captain by his teammates, Muse has every intangible the G-Men should be looking for. His hustle singlehandedly kept Clemson in contention vs. Ohio State in the semi-final game.
The Clemson Tiger earned playing time as a freshman by excelling on special teams, and he can do the same thing for Big Blue. After being awarded special teams player of the year for the Tigers, the two-time national champion barely left the field in three seasons. A very productive player, Muse finished his time at Clemson with 237 career tackles (10.5 for loss), 15 passes broken up, 4.0 sacks, and 7 interceptions.
What does he excel at? Muse spent much of his time at Clemson in single-high safety looks. He demonstrates excellent awareness in zone coverage and is always around the football. His processing skills, size, and tackling ability make him an effective run defender as well.
Clemson’s captain surprised people at the combine by running a 4.41 40-yard dash and putting up 20 reps on the bench press. His athleticism and size means he can contribute to Patrick Graham’s defense in multiple ways. If the Giants pass on Isaiah Simmons, Muse could be an option for their sub-package linebacker role.
Why the NY Giants might hesitate: Tanner struggles at times in coverage and might have trouble keeping up with explosive pass-catchers at the NFL level. Despite playing deep safety for the Tigers, he does not have enough range or agility to do the same for the G-Men. He did not play as fast as his testing numbers would indicate.
Personal excitement level if drafted: (9/10) I have watched a lot of Clemson football, and Muse was someone that was always in the right place at the right time. At best, the Clemson Tiger could develop into a Harrison Smith type of player. At worst, the Giants would be drafting an excellent special teams member and a leader for the locker room.
Player Comparison: Harrison Smith (but less agile)
Likelihood he will fall to pick #183 : (6/10)