Giants look to address key issues with sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft


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The New York Giants have the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. After an 11-5 record in 2016, the Giants have won just eight of their last 32 games. Last season, they finished 16th in scoring a 23.1 per game and 23rd in points allowed at 25.8 points per game. Draft needs include quarterback, offensive tackle, safety, corner back, linebacker and guard. Here at the top prospects the Giants should consider.

Drew Lock - QB (Missouri)

As a freshman, Lock struggled as a starter over the final eight games, completing less than half his passes for four touchdowns and eight interceptions. His play was significantly better the following season, throwing for a conference high 3399 yards, 23 touchdowns and only ten interceptions. Lock's numbers improved even more as a junior in 2017, throwing for nearly 4000 yards and 44 touchdowns. As a senior, Lock connected on nearly 63 percent of his passes for almost 3500 yards and only eight interceptions.

Lock has good NFL size and arm strength, but struggled at times with his accuracy. This was particularly evident against the better competition. His decision making must improve, as well as his ability to handle pressure while in the pocket. The skill set is there for Lock to succeed on the NFL, but needs time to improve and refine his game to reach his potential.

Deandre Baker - CB (Georgia)

Baker appeared in 11 games as a freshman, but stepped up as a sophomore, recording 31 tackles, two interceptions and a sack. As a junior, Baker had 44 tackles with three interceptions, most notably one in the championship game against Alabama. Baker solidified himself as a top talent his senior season, making All-SEC team and Jim Thorpe Award winner as best defensive back in the country. All told, Baker had 10 passes defensed and two interceptions as a senior.

Baker excelled as a press corner in college and has the quickness and football savvy to excel in man-to-man coverage. His lack of size could be problematic against bigger receivers, but Baker should be able to remain competitive against all types of receivers given his overall skill set.

Taylor Rapp - S (Washington)

Rapp started ten games in 2016, recording 53 tackles and four interceptions. His play was recognized being named Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year. The following season, Rapp was All-Pac-12 after registering 59 tackles, two sacks and an interception. Last season, Rapp also had 59 tackles, including five sacks to go along with two interceptions. His efforts earned him All-Pac-12 honors and All-American.

Rapp possesses great football smarts, determination and durability. While not the biggest player at his position, Rapp is versatile and can play all over the field. His run defense and tackling are his best skills, while he needs some work in his coverage skills. Rapp should be a solid NFL player and a good pick with little risk.

Quinnen Williams - DL (Alabama)

Williams appeared in all 14 games as a freshman, recording 20 tackles and two sacks. He upped his game as a sophomore earning first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC, recording 70 tackles and seven sacks. He also was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and was a clear star for the Alabama's defense during the 2018 season.

The biggest weakness for Williams is his relative lack of size compared to NFL linemen. However, he has quick feet, adequate strength and ability to defeat his opponent at the point of attack. Williams is equally strong against the run and the pass and should be a starter in his first season in the NFL.

Devin Bush - LB (Michigan)

Bush was mostly a back up and special teams player as a freshman in 2016 and became a starter in 2017, recording 102 tackles, five sacks and an interception. Bush earned a spot on the All-Big Ten team and Butkus Award finalist for his efforts. As a junior last season, Bush had 80 tackles, five sacks and six passes defensed, earning honor as Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year.

The one negative on Bush is his relative lack of size, which may keep some NFL teams hesitant to draft him. However, Bush has good speed and ability to cover running backs on pass plays. His size issues could keep him from making some tackles that biggest linebackers will make, but his skill as a cover man will make him an asset for some NFL team.

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