THE CARDINALS TRADE ISAIAH SIMMONS TO THE GIANTS

The 2020 NFL Draft saw the New York Giants take left tackle Andrew Thomas from Georgia fourth overall. The groans and hateful comments could have been heard coast to coast as Giants fans repeatedly cursed former GM Dave Gettleman.

Fans wanted to see the highly versatile, all-world Clemson Tiger phenom Isaiah Simmons in Giants blue.

Simmons set the combine on fire with his measurables. The 6’4 238 pound “linebacker” had scouts drooling with a 4.39 40 time, 39″ vertical, and 11’0″ broad jump. Simmons was projected to be a “money backer,” which played as a combination of safety and linebacker. His overall speed and instincts were so on point teams felt his versatility would be too much to turn down. The Cardinals scooped him up eighth overall.

His three seasons at linebacker were productive. He totaled 258 tackles, 13 for loss, and 7.5 sacks. He added seven forced fumbles and four interceptions. The Cardinals and Simmons felt a move to safety would be better, so he could be concerned with focusing on one position.

According to reports, the Giants will use him in the linebacker role. It is a position they certainly needed depth after the season-ending injury to Jarrod Davis. With free agent pickup Bobby Okereke secure in place, the spot next to him has been a training camp battle between second-year players Micah McFadden and Darrian Beavers.

Simmons should be an upgrade to both and should find himself getting plenty of first-team reps.

As for the player only a few Giants wanted, Andrew Thomas has worked out pretty well, and Simmons found his into Giants blue, even if it was four years late.