1) DL Leonard Williams
Williams was easily the NY Giants’ most disruptive defensive lineman, most consistent pass-rush presence, and looked every bit the top-10 talent that he was as the Jets’ selection with the No. 6 overall pick in 2015.
Seemingly finding a new gear in his first season playing for Giants defensive line coach Sean Spencer, Williams generated pressure on 42 snaps, including producing a career-high 11.5 sacks with 12 hurries and 18 more quarterback knockdowns.
Given the value of dominant defensive-line play, as illustrated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, and others that were aided by the relentless pressure generated by their defensive front, locking Williams up long-term must be the Giants’ top priority. Especially if the two sides can come to terms on a contract that spreads the guaranteed portion of the money spread out over the next two-to-three years.