NFL free agency 2020: The top five players the Giants could target:
Cory Littleton, LB
You want tackling, leadership and versatility? Here is your guy. Littleton went undrafted yet has never missed a game in four years with the Rams and amassed 259 total tackles in 32 starts the past two years. He played nearly 95 percent of the snaps since 2018 and has six career interceptions and 8.5 sacks. He was a Pro Bowler in 2018. He would be an instant starter, plugged in alongside Ryan Connelly returning from knee surgery, and the Giants would be all set at inside linebacker for years to come. Littleton is just 26 years old.
Logan Ryan, CB
Coach Joe Judge’s former boss, Bill Belichick, has an affinity for Rutgers players. Maybe Judge does, too. Ryan is a proven performer and winner, appearing in 15 postseason games and never playing in fewer than 14 games in any of his seven seasons. Judge saw him up close every day for four years with the Patriots. Ryan completed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Titans and would instantly move in as the leader of the young cornerback corps. He has 17 career interceptions and at 29 years old has plenty left in the tank. The New Jersey native likely will be more affordable than Byron Jones or James Bradberry, and could man the slot while DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal stay on the outside.
Kyle Van Noy, LB
In Week 6 last season, Van Noy had a sack of Daniel Jones and also recovered a fumble by Jon Hilliman that he returned 20 yards for a touchdown in a Patriots victory. Judge was on the New England sideline that day and no doubt he knows what kind of addition Van Noy can be to a defense. He can play defensive end and linebacker, and it will take a creative coordinator to utilize all the skills he possesses. It is no surprise Van Noy, a 2014 second-round pick of the Lions, did not blossom as a player until after he was traded to the Patriots. He is 29 and would give Judge a familiar face in the locker room and the field.
Connor McGovern, C
Protecting the interior of the offensive line has never been more important in the NFL. The Giants hoped they had the answer at center with Jon Halapio, but he did not have a great 2019 season returning from serious ankle surgery. McGovern started 16 games last season for the Broncos and was graded by Pro Football Focus as the 11th-best center in the league. Halapio was 33rd. The Broncos took McGovern in the fifth round in 2016 and moved him to center in 2018. This could be a non-headline signing that improves the line.
Devin McCourty, S
Judge insists he will not push to sign a veteran to serve as a mentor to younger players. He knows McCourty quite well from their time together in New England and also knows you must be careful investing much in someone with 10 years in the league who turns 33 in August. McCourty is a savvy guy, though, and had five interceptions in 2019, the most in any season for him in seven years. He could take the place of Antoine Bethea, who for now is on the roster but turns 36 in July and was not an impact player on the field this past season.