Three Top-40 Targets To Help Replace Olivier Vernon In New York

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The Giants have been busy this off-season. But in trading away talents like Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon, have they been getting better? A lot of that depends on how the team elects to use their 2019 NFL Draft capital. We can expect the Giants to invest one of these picks in their quarterback of the future.

(Editor's note: "Future" is a fluid term...we're not sure how long-term the Daniel Jones pick will be. But I digress.)

But at least the Giants have other valuable weapons on their roster in RB Saquon Barkley, TE Evan Engram and WR Sterling Shepard. New York's pass rush is now, how do we say this? Let's just say "compromised". The Giants, with three picks in the top-40, need to come away with a pass rusher.

So what I've done is run 10 simulations through The Draft Network's Mock Draft Machine. And I've highlighted three pass rush prospects, one for each of New York's first three selections (6, 17 and 37 overall).

In order to make the list, prospects had to be available in at least 7 out of 10 simulations.

The odds are in your favor, New York. Now you just need to make it happen.

6th overall: Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat

Sweat was available in 8 of 10 simulations. The other two, he went to Oakland. So the odds are quite strong that we'll see Sweat available for the Giants. The only thing that can derail this pick is if New York wants to get their quarterback first (bless their hearts).

And while I don't love Montez Sweat, I do have appreciation for his explosiveness and how well he plays the run. I actually think he's a much better run defender than he is a pass rusher, maybe not unlike Olivier Vernon at one point in his career.

17th overall: Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell

For me, personally? This is the best value of the bunch. Ferrell is a top prospect in my book despite not having an elite first step. He gets off the ball well enough and can reduce his rush angles or win with hand counters and length. Ferrell in the teens is a steal, and would allow the Giants to address one of their other pressing needs inside the top-10.

Ferrell was here in 9 out of 10 simulations -- the one time he was gone, he went one pick before the Giants to Carolina at 16.

37th overall: Michigan DE Chase Winovich

Winovich is the most high variance of this group -- he was here only 7 out of 10 tries. He'd gone in the late 1st-round in all three attempts in which he didn't slide to 37.

This would require some guts from the Giants. If you wanted to grab a quarterback and a right tackle, you're really risking not getting your guy in Winovich and you better be ready to jump up a few picks to seal the deal. But then again, he was there more often than he wasn't and the drop off to Winovich vs. the diminishing returns you'll see at some other positions is hard to look over and not contemplate taking the risk.

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Kyle Crabbs

Director of Content

Director of Content & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Former NDT Scouting Overlord.

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