The coronavirus pandemic has threatened numerous sporting leagues around the world, including the potential for scouting and evaluating incoming professional prospects, but the New York Giants seem to have a clear choice with the No. 4 pick.
But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the 2020 NFL Draft will go on in late-April as originally scheduled, meaning teams have little more than three weeks to get their boards in order.
As for the Giants, all indications are they will be selecting Isaiah Simmons out of Clemson (via Matt Miller of Bleacher Report):
“As mock drafts begin to come together, many NFL scouts believe the New York Giants will select Clemson linebacker/safety Isaiah Simmons at No. 4 overall.”
Simmons had a monster year in his redshirt junior season with the Tigers. He had 104 combined tackles and 16.5 tackles for a loss to go with 8.0 sacks and three interceptions.
The hybrid defender can play up in the box and rush the passer, or he can roam in the secondary looking to make breaks on the ball in the passing game. He has a big body at 6-4, 230 pounds, and he figures to be a similar archetype to New York Jets star strong safety Jamal Adams.
New York’s defense ranked 27th in football in terms of defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA), and they were 31st in pass DVOA, per Football Outsiders.
Selecting Simmons would give the Giants a wrecking ball of a playmaker who must be accounted for because of his pass-rushing and coverage skills.
Much of the narrative surrounding the Giants has revolved around the development of quarterback Daniel Jones, but the defensive might see significant improvement with Simmons joining the fray.