Jerry Reese and the New York Giants have had their hands full this offseason as they’ve welcomed a new coach in Ben McAdoo, dealt with the Draft and re-signed players such as Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz to friendlier contracts. While Reese has been diligent in taking care of players on both sides of the ball, the defense remains a doubt and still needs to be shored up. One risk-less way to do this is by looking at undrafted free agents…
Kassan Messiah, LB/TE, Massachusetts- A 6-4, 240-pound New Jersey native, Messiah is a potential dual threat in areas that the Giants don’t have a superstar. He hasn’t played tight end since his senior year in high school, 2001, but put up solid numbers as an outside linebacker for the Minutemen in 2015 with 64 tackles, four sacks and 6.5 total tackles for loss. Exactly the type of player a team seeks as an undrafted free agent.
Ishaq Williams, DE, Notre Dame– Williams is the definition of a gamble given that he hasn’t played organized football since 2013 after getting kicked off the Fighting Irish due to an academic dishonesty investigation. He’s a 6-6, 271 pounder and former Gatorade Player of the Year meaning the natural talent and athleticism is there, what’s less clear is if he can put the past behind him and overcome the extended lay-off.
Nick Woodman, DE, Utica College – Woodman is 6-5, 240 pounds and a home-grown legend at D-3 Utica. He had a school-record 29.5 sacks in three seasons and could get the nod based on how poor the Giants were last year in rushing the passer. Not only would Woodman fill one of the Giant’s biggest needs, he would do so cheaply, allowing the Giants continued financial and roster flexibility.