Senior Bowl Participants to Watch as a Giants Fan
The New York Giants just had easily their most successful season since their last Super Bowl run in 2011. They went 9-7-1, won a playoff game, and showed more promise than any Giants fan could have possibly dreamed of.
They are also a team full of holes. Their playoff loss to the Eagles really exemplified their weaknesses, specifically offensive line, defensive line depth, and the linebacking core. With a solid draft, they could really make a push to start truly competing inside their division, a part of their schedule that they really struggled with this season finishing with a divisional record of 1-4-1.
With the Senior Bowl taking place, this could be a week where the Giants can get an idea of what their draft board will start looking like, and could possibly even find some guys they had previously never thought of drafting. Here are two guys that the Giants have shown interest in so far:
Isaiah Foskey, Edge, Notre Dame
Isaiah Foskey is a guy who has garnered a lot of attention not just from the Giants, but league wide. According to sources inside of the Senior Bowl, the Giants had 5 representatives at Foskey's press conference on Monday, and they appear to be big on him. An elite athlete with the body of a modern day edge rusher, Fosky has a chance to land in the top 20 of this year's draft.
While the Giants already have a dynamic duo off of the edge with Kayvon Thibodeux and Azeez Ojulari, Ojulari’s health concerns have made it so that the Giants will certainly be taking a look at other edge’s in the draft. Even if Azeez were to stay healthy, imagine what a trio of Thibs, Azeez, and Foskey might look like in 2-3 years time. That’s the stuff quarterbacks have nightmares about.
Along with his elite measurements and athleticism, Foskey put on a show yesterday during practice, specifically on this play against Michigan tackle Ryan Hayes.
With exhibits of his ability like this, Fosky surely will climb up many teams draft boards, and he is definitely a name to keep in mind.
John Michael Schmitz, IOL, Minnesota
Schmitz is another player that, according to people inside the Senior Bowl, the Giants have shown severe intrigue in. After a season where their interior offensive line was essentially a revolving door with rotations of Ben Bredeson, Nick Gates, and John Feliciano, it is no secret that the Giants are going to look to improve.
Schmitz, who is projected to be a mid-round pick by many, is a guy who could instantly slot in to a starting role at center or either guard position and instantly provide a boost to an offensive line that left Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley running for their lives at many points last season.
Schmitz is a guy who, much like Foskey, really impressed on monday during practice. Here is one of his many reps from yesterday.
As a guy who has had “Nasty” Nick Gates as his team's center for much of the last 3 years, I can’t help but love the push at the end, which shows he’s got some fire under him.
With the draft still over 2 months away, along with the rest of the Senior Bowl and the combine coming soon, there will certainly be more players who the Giants are not shy about their love for. However, as it stands early in the draft process, these are 2 guys Giants fans should definitely keep and eye on.
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