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Make the Case: Chase Young vs. Isaiah Simmons

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"Make the Case" is in session on Giants.com.

In this series, we look at projections provided by two analysts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on what the Giants should do with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) projected Ohio State DE Chase Young: "This is a great scenario for the Giants, who get the best pass-rusher in the draft in Young and fill an immediate position of need. The Giants really need playmakers all over the defense, and Young's 96.1 overall grade last season is the best we've seen since we started grading in 2014. He had a ridiculous 56 pressures (18 sacks, seven quarterback hits, 31 hurries) on just 320 rushes last season."

The 6-foot-5, 264-pound Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks, a total that broke the school record. While LSU quarterback Joe Burrow ultimately won college football's highest award, Young became just the ninth defensive Heisman Trophy finalist since 1982. Young still won the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which both recognize the nation's outstanding defensive player. Young also led the nation in forced fumbles (six) while becoming a unanimous All-American. 

Todd McShay (ESPN) picked Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons: "New York has three options in my mind here at No. 4: The Giants can trade out of it, they can look at one of the excellent offensive tackles on the board or they can draft Simmons as a do-it-all linebacker. General manager Dave Gettleman will hear some interesting offers, but because I'm not doing the same with this mock, I'm going with Simmons. Remember, the Giants allowed 28.2 points per game last season, third worst in the NFL."

According to Pro Football Focus, Simmons, who measured 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds at the combine, played more than 100 snaps at five different positons for Clemson in 2019. He lined up 299 times at inside linebacker, 262 at slot cornerback, 132 at free safety, 116 at outside linebacker, and 100 at strong safety. He was asked at the NFL Scouting Combine what position he plays. "Defense," said Simmons, who won the 2019 Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker, the first player to do so in Clemson history.

View photos from the college career of Ohio State DE Chase Young

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