2020 NFL Draft: New York Giants may shy away from linebacker early

The Giants have had success during this offseason. Do you think the Giants should draft a linebacker with their first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft?

The New York Giants have has this huge hole at linebacker for years now. Last season, they traded with the Rams for Alec Ogletree, that never worked out. Ogletree has cut this offseason by the Giants and is now a free agent. In last year’s draft, they drafted a linebacker Ryan Connelly in the fifth round. Half of the way from through the season, Connelly tore his ACL. Will this keep them from pursuing a linebacker early in the 2020 NFL Draft?

Before this year’s free agency, it looked like New York would have a very rough time on the defensive side of the ball. New York was able to sign former Packers linebacker Blake Martinez for a three-deal to patrol the middle of the defense, the Giants also ended up signing his former Packer teammate Kyler Fackrell that can play SAM right next Martinez and also can rush the passer. The Giants got Fackrell on a one-year deal. What does that mean for the the G-Men? Do the Giants jump early and grab a linebacker or do they wait a bit longer in the draft before pulling the plug?

Let me put it this way, New York has Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, and Kyler Fackrell as the outside linebackers and have Blake Martinez, David Mayo, and Ryan Connelly. Is there a place to really draft a linebacker early? If we are talking about Isaiah Simmons, the Clemson beast than I think the Giants should think long and hard about adding this stud into their defense. Simmons has the potential the become a Pro Bowler for the Giants.

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If the G-men want to go with an offensive tackle on the first day of the draft then the Giants need to either get an EDGE rusher or a linebacker. Why not get a player that can do both at pick 36? Zach Baun of Wisconsin would be huge for the big blue defense if they can snag him at the top of the second round and they would not have to trade back up in the first round to get him.

FUN FACT: Baun and Connelly both played with each other in Madison.