We're doing a series to provide an outlook on the Giants' roster until training camp arrives. Episode 7, the edges
As much as the Giants were a disappointing team last season, one can't deny that their front seven was really interesting to analyze. This year's group has the potential to be even better.
Getting Kayvon Thibodeaux with the fifth overall pick was a great deal. He was the best pass rusher in the draft and his arrival should get better opportunities for all the edge players simply because of the attention he's going to attract from the offensive line every time he's on the field. Thibodeaux has huge potential, athleticism and quality and should be the best pass rusher on the team from day one.
Other young guys such as Oshane Ximines and Azeez Ojulari are set to take a step forward in their development, but this is an important year for them. They need to prove their worth to the new defensive staff; with the number of blitzes utilized by new defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, there's going to be a handful of opportunities to get to the quarterback. Let's see if they can take advantage of these.
The cream of the crop, though, is Thibodeaux. Being the fifth overall pick was a slide for him. He had enough potential to be the first guy off the board and he's going to be a superstar in the league from the moment he steps on the field.
Edge room grade: 4/5. With the blitzes called by Martindale and guys like Ojulari and Thibodeaux there, rushing the passer will be a strength for this Giants team.