5 priorities for NY Giants GM Joe Schoen starting right now

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Jan 22, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (49) looks on during warmups before an AFC divisional round game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (49) looks on during warmups before an AFC divisional round game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Add a veteran inside linebacker

The Giants inside linebacking core was horrendous last season. Jaylon Smith, Tae Crowder, and Micah McFadden took the majority of inside linebacker snaps last fall, and all were all rather terrible. Out of 81 inside linebackers, PFF ranked Smith 60, McFadden 77, and Crowder was ranked last before the Giants ultimately released him in December.

That group was dreadful, but luckily the inside linebacker market is a stocked with big time options. David Long Jr., Tremaine Edmunds, and Lavonte David are the top options on the market, but Schoen could also look to add cheaper veterans like Kyle Van Noy, Kwon Alexander, Anthony Walker Jr., or Devin Bush.

The best case scenario for Schoen: sign one of the top-tier inside linebackers, sign one of the cheap veterans, and draft another one in the later rounds.