The New York Giants have several needs they have to address in this year’s draft, and one of them is a strong side linebacker. Keith Bulluck is most likely going to retire and the Giants just don’t trust the personnel on the roster to fill the hole he would leave.
Akeem Ayers has been linked to the Giants in several mock drafts, but after the combine people were questioning that stance. He improved his stock with a good pro day and the rumors of him going to New York have started to resurface.
Ayers ran a 4.69 at his Pro Day that featured him and fellow possible first round pick Rahim Moore. This was a drastic improvement over his 4.82 time at the combine, which raised some eyebrows to say the least.
He had something to say about that time and said teams should focus more on his film and his Pro Day time.
“You can see what I can do,” Ayers said. “Obviously I’m not on the field running a 4.8. If you look at the film, you just see what type of football player I am and gauge from there. At the end of the day, turn on the film, watch me play, see what I can do as a football player, which is what I’m going to be doing on Sundays with whichever team drafts me.”
I completely agree with him, and his film is nothing short of spectacular. He is all over the field and has a nose for finding the ball, whether it’s in a running back’s hand or in the air from a pass.
He made a living causing turnovers; he had eight forced turnovers in his last two seasons at UCLA.
The Giants are seemingly the only team that’s interested in him that don’t run a 3-4 defense, and most people have said that his best attribute is rushing the passer so he fits best in a 3-4.
The Giants don’t get caught up in that, proved by 2009 second round pick Clint Sintim, who actually played in a 3-4 in college. Ayers has elite size at this point and would be a good fit at the strong side linebacker spot. A lot of linebackers come in the NFL in the 230-240 range and bulk up; he is currently 6’3”, 252 lbs with room to add muscle if he wants to.
Ayers would be an instant defensive upgrade and make the Giants one of the elite defenses in the NFL.