4 Day 2 linebackers the NY Giants can target in the NFL Draft
By Reese Nasser
Heading into the NFL Draft, the NY Giants will look to round out their roster and make improvements on both sides of the ball. It goes without saying, but wide receiver, cornerback and a new center will be a focus.
In the first round, the Giants could look to address several major needs. If they go with either a wideout or interior offensive lineman at No. 25 overall, then the second or third round could be where they add a linebacker.
Following the free agent addition of Bobby Okereke, the team has already added a potential star at the position. With other players such as Micah McFadden and Darrian Beavers heading into Year 2, they have young talent at the position. But even with the current makeup of the position, they could still add a strong LB2. With that said, here's four players Joe Schoen could target on Day 2.
4. Washington State LB Daiyan Henley
Heading into the draft, Washington State linebacker Daiyan Henley could be one of the most well rounded prospects at his position. This kid will surely be one to watch later this month.
Henley spent the first five seasons of his collegiate career at Nevada. Over this stretch, he took the field in 38 total games. In total, he recorded 150 total tackles, 93 solo tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three defended passes, and four interceptions.
Following the 2021 season, Henley made the move to Washington State. In his lone season with the Cougars, he set career highs across the board. He finished the year recording 106 total tackles, 54 solo tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, one defended pass, one interception, and three forced fumbles. In addition, he missed just five tackles throughout the entire year.
Henley has found success up to this point with his fast style of play. He can fly around the field, while also being a more than capable defender against the pass. With his coverage skills, along with his ability to stop plays in the backfield, he could quickly become a force at the next level.