Now that the draft is behind us and the dust has settled, the Giants currently only have two reliable safeties on the roster in Xavier McKinney and Julian Love. They did draft safety Dane Belton out of Iowa in round 4, but are the Giants comfortable with him currently 3rd on the depth chart and Julian Love as a starter? Many football experts have expressed that GM Joe Schoen should consider looking for a suitable starter outside their current roster as the current safeties on the Giants roster might not be the answer. Let’s take a closer look at the team’s options:
- Julian Love: Solid role player, but can he excel as a starting safety in the NFL.
- Dane Belton: Unproven commodity who has potential, but needs time to develop.
- Yusuf Corker: UDFA signing who was rated higher than Belton, but also needs time to develop.
Free Agent Options:
- Landon Collins: Former Giants seems like the obvious choice for a reunion, but what will it cost? Would Collins take a discount to return to the team that drafted him?
- Jaquiski Tartt: Tartt a better option than who the Giants currently have in-house? But would Joe Schoen consider him?
- Tashaun Gipson: Does Gipson fit into Martindale’s system and is he a better option than Julian Love?
Another option for Joe Schoen could and should be watching the waiver wire as prominent players at the safety position could become available at a fraction of the cost and should fill that gap for the Giants on a 1-year deal as the younger players develop and are not expected to take on a more demanding role. Schoen be patient here and wait it out and let the situation unfold by not pushing the panic button.
Throughout the off-season GM Joe Schoen focused on what the Giants have been lacking for the past number of seasons and that’s lack of depth in the trenches. Schoen has brought in 10 offensive linemen, 4 Tight Ends, 5 Defensive Linemen and 3 Linebackers/EDGE. That’s a total of 22 players to compete on both sides of the ball and my gut tells me he’s not finished yet as we should see quality players getting released or cut from now and until the start of training camp.
The Safety position is certainly one to keep an eye on and arguably lacking the most talent and depth on the current roster and one position I expect Schoen to address before training camp begins. Keep an eye out for my next article on the current cornerback position.