Ranking the 7 most important NY Giants players on defense

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2. LB Bobby Okereke

For the first time in years, the Giants finally have a starting-caliber linebacker manning the position. Okereke may not have been the best player at his position available this offseason. However, the deal Schoen signed him too alongside what he brings to the table is a match made in heaven for both sides.

Gone are the days of Tae Crowder and Jaylon Smith. Now, the Giants have a bonafide star manning the linebacker position and fans couldn't be more excited. Through 17 games last season, Okereke racked up 151 combined tackles, six tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles. In addition to this, Okereke isn't a complete liability in coverage. He certainly isn't a specialist, but by no means is he a bad coverage 'backer.

The lack of a starting-level linebacker has been one of the biggest issues on the Giants' defense and it has finally been solved. Okereke will make a massive impact on the defense as a whole. Adding the sort of player to what the Giants already have on defense could turn their core into one of the best in the league.

Okereke will make the lives of Williams and Lawrence so much easier. This could allow them to put more of an emphasis on their pass-rushing abilities. This would be absolutely terrifying for opposing offenses. The Giants already had a great pass-rushing core last season. Allowing two of its best players to put more focus on attacking the QB could have incredible results.