New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen had his hands full coming into his first offseason on the job. He was replacing Dave Gettleman, who left the team in a worse place than when he inherited it a few years ago.
New York’s salary cap is a mess, as they were near the bottom in available money to spend. That meant the team would be limited in what it could do in free agency. A few signings were made, mostly to help bolster an offensive line that has been in shambles seemingly since the Giants were winning a Super Bowl.
Another need for the Giants is going to be in the secondary. Schoen needs to clear more cap space and the easiest way for that to happen is to trade James Bradberry. That would leave the Giants needing some help at cornerback, but at the safety spot, they could also use an infusion of talent.
Veteran Logan Ryan was released earlier this offseason, leaving a void on the depth chart. Xavier McKinney looks like the real deal and is entering his third season in the NFL. In Don ‘Wink’ Martindale’s defense, he should be able to thrive and take his game to another level.
Finding a long-term pairing for him would be ideal. Sporting News believes the Giants will dip into the safety market again in the second round and come away with Penn State standout, Jaquan Brisker.
Brisker would offer the Giants some insurance with Julian Love being a little bit shaky thus far. With Ryan and Jabrill Peppers no longer on the roster, they could certainly use some more depth back there.
The versatility that Brisker brings to the table would be a great fit for what the Giants want to do defensively. Need him to come down into the box and help in the run game? He is more than capable when healthy. Have a tight end to slow down? Brisker earned an 89.5 coverage grade in 2021.
Brisker has the size, skill and instincts to develop into a high-end starter. The Giants need more building blocks on the roster and Brisker would present a very good one for New York on their defense.