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Make the Case: QB Darnold vs. LB Edmunds


NFL Draft Experts debate if USC's Sam Darnold or Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds would be a better fit for the Giants.

"Make the Case" is now in session on

In this series, we look at projections provided by two draft experts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on what the Giants should do with the second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Today, we look at two scenarios -- draft one of the top quarterbacks, or trade down and pick up a dynamic linebacker? Let's take a look.

Be sure to vote and Make YOUR Case in the comments below!

Sam Darnold, QB, USC

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. projected Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen going first overall to the Browns, setting up the Giants to take Sam Darnold. The USC quarterback became the first Trojan ever with more than 4,000 yards passing in a season. He went 20-4 as a starter during his time at USC and led the school to its first conference title in nine years.

"Darnold won't have to play early, giving him time refine his mechanics and footwork," Kiper wrote. "Unless the G-Men get a trade offer they can't refuse."


Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Todd McShay had the Bills moving up to the Giants' selection in exchange for their 12th, 22nd and 53rd overall choices. That would be in addition to the 34th pick that the Giants already hold. With the 12th pick, McShay had the Giants taking 6-foot-5, 253-pound linebacker Tremaine Edmunds out of Virginia Tech. Edmunds, the son of two-time Pro Bowl tight end Ferrell Edmunds, was a first-team All-ACC selection last season.

"With their first pick in the draft after the trade with Buffalo, the Giants get a versatile player who can play any linebacker spot in their new 3-4 defense," McShay wrote. "New York hasn't taken a first-round LB since Carl Banks in 1984, but Edmunds breaks the streak."

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