The Giants want to bring back both of their free agent defensive ends, and will need help at either end should one – or both – get away. They also need help in the middle, and have virtually no linebackers.
Normally, if Jaylon Smith were available at number 10, the Giants might think they were being punk’d. However, with the Notre Dame stud looking like a long shot for 2016, if ever, the G-Men will have to address their front end needs here.
DeForest Buckner may be the most versatile defensive lineman available this year, and will ensure New York has an answer wherever they need it after the contracts start getting signed.
As a 3-4 end, Buckner has the strength and speed to gain penetration, but as a 4-3 interior lineman he can disrupt the pocket and stop inside runs before they get started.
Playing next to Johnathan Hankins for the Giants, Buckner would give them a combo on the front line which could measure up to be one of the best in the league. If Jason Pierre-Paul or Robert Ayers escape New York, Buckner can stay outside and be a fine replacement for either man.
If there is a better prospect suited to help the Giants in their current situation, he hasn’t presented himself yet, and they don’t even have to trade up to get him.
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