The NFC East teams are wheeling and dealing on the defensive side of the ball today, first the Eagles traded for Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, and now the New York Giants have traded fourth and sixth round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Los Angeles Rams for linebacker Alex Ogletree and a seventh round pick in 2019. As a New York Giants fan, I love this trade, because the Giants have not had a star linebacker on the team since the days of Jessie Armstead. Ogletree is a tackling machine, he was a second team All-Pro in 2016, and he is just 26-years-old so the former first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft is just entering his prime. Ogletree has had injury concerns in the past, but he played in fifteen games in 2017, and finished the season with 96 tackles 1.0 sack an interception and a forced fumble. The Giants have needed a playmaker at linebacker for a long time, and Ogletree gives them a stud linebacker, who should help their defense vastly improve.
NOTE: The Giants are also rumored to have a deal in place with free agent guard Andrew Norwell, the top available offensive lineman, and the addition of these veterans makes me think the Giants will target Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the second pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and move forward with veteran Eli Manning and second year pro Davis Webb as their quarterbacks.