NFL Draft 2022: New York Giants’ 3 Under the radar needs

Kenny Golladay #19 of the New York Giants (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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New York Giants, Dexter Lawrence
New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) /

New York Giants Nose Tackle

Under the previous regime of former general manager Dave Gettleman, the New York Giants invested big money into defensive tackle Leonard Williams.

Williams has two years left of his contract with a potential out in 2023 which would save the Giants $18 million in cap space.

The New York Giants also have to come to a decision this year if they want to keep another interior defensive lineman, Dexter Lawrence.

If either of these players are here beyond 2022, then the Giants should look to make an upgrade between those two players at the nose tackle position.

Williams saw a dip in performance in 2021, whereas the year prior was the best season of his career with a big 11.5 sacks.

A reason for this could be due to the downgrade at the nose tackle position from Dalvin Tomlinson in 2020, to Danny Shelton in 2021.

Nose tackle is an under-the-radar move the Giants could make to improve their run defense, which allowed the eighth-most rushing yards per game last season.

With a bigger threat at the position, the G-Men should see a boost in Leonard Williams’ performance where he sees fewer double teams against him.

This environment was one where Williams thrived in back in 2020, if he or Lawrence are to remain beyond 2022, nose tackle should be looked at for improvements.