Giants rumors: New York more than likely targeting pass rusher at No. 6
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Giants rumors: New York more than likely targeting pass rusher at No. 6

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It seems the New York Giants have a pass rusher on their radar with the No. 6 in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft.

This was what a team source told SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano at the NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix, Arizona on March 26.

There are a ton of great defensive players in the draft. As much as we need a young quarterback, I honestly don’t know how we can pass on one of the pass rushers at six.

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur echoed this sentiment to Vacchiano during the annual coaches breakfast at last week’s NFL Owners Meetings.

We all want pass rush. And we all want guys that can affect the quarterback. Being an offensive coach, I know how difficult it is for a quarterback to function when he’s being rushed. So on the flip side of that, it’s safe to say we need to get someone that will affect the quarterback.

Among the most coveted pass rushers in the draft include Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Nick Bosa, Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen, Alabama Crimson Tide defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, LSU Tigers linebacker Devin White, Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive end Montez Sweat, and Michigan Wolverines defensive tackle Rashan Gary.

Many experts predicted teams will draft Bosa, Allen, and Williams second, third, and fourth, respectively, behind coveted 2018 Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray.

After that, it’s pretty much a free-for-all on which teams select the best pass rushers. For the Giants’ part, they are in a great position to select one in the mold of a Michael Strahan or Lawrence Taylor at the sixth spot.

The Giants, who finished last in the NFC East in 2018 with a 5-11 win-loss record and missed the postseason for the second straight year, need to plug some holes in their defense. New York finished 24th overall in the NFL in total team defense with 5,942 yards allowed. They also allowed 25.8 points per game to finish 23rd in that category.

The Giants, who have the rights to the 17th overall pick in the draft, are also on the lookout for a quarterback to succeed 38-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. According to Vacchiano, Ohio State Buckeyes signal-caller Dwayne Haskins remains a viable option.

The 2019 NFL Draft will take place at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Ten. from April 26 to 28.