2. Brodric Martin, DL, Western Kentucky
The Giants interior defensive line depth wore down as the 2022 season winded down, which makes adding depth to that group imperative. Yes, the Giants just signed A'Shawn Robinson to a one-year deal on Monday, but Schoen wants to bring in more bodies to help out Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence.
Martin is a Day 3 pick who could contribute right away. He is a monster of a man, standing at 6-5, 330 pounds. Martin has three sacks, two hits, three batted balls, and 29 hurries over the last three seasons. He almost exclusively plays inside, splitting time between the A-gap and B-gap.
1. Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame
The Giants let defensive captain and starting safety Julian Love depart to Seattle this offseason, creating a big void at the safety position. Xavier McKinney is locked in as one of the Giants two starters, but the second starting position is wide open. Jason Pinnock, Dane Belton, and Bobby McCain will compete for the job, but why not add another player into the mix?
Joseph would be a beautiful fit for Wink Martindale’s defense. Joseph has a ton of versatility. In his last three seasons of college football, two of which were at Northwestern and the final for Notre Dame, Joseph played 708 snaps in the box, 666 as the deep safety, 467 snaps in the slot, and even played 16 snaps on the D-Line plus another 10 at corner.
Joseph is 6-0 and weighs 202 pounds, a pretty solid build for a modern safety. He was targeted 73 times in his college career and he intercepted 10 of those targets. None were cooler than this wild one handed interception while covering Garrett Wilson in the 2020 Big Ten Championship. Bears QB Justin Fields threw the pass.