The Giants have been searching for a safety to hang their hats on for years now. It's not from a lack of trying, either, but the Blue has just had minimal success in finding a presence in the middle of their defensive backfield.
This fact still remains, even though they have a Pro Bowl player back there in Antrel Rolle. No knock on Rolle, because he is one hell of a playmaker, but they still lack a player with the pop the team has so desperately needed for decades in their secondary.
GM Jerry Reese has repeatedly tried to procure such a player at the safety position in both free agency and in the draft the past few years. Kenny Phillips and Chad Jones were supposed to be answers. Deon Grant will most likely be a short-timer. Reese is still searching.
Yesterday, in the Sixth Round of the NFL Draft, Reese grabbed Tyler Sash, a 6-foot, 211 LB kid out of a place called Oskaloosa in Iowa.
In reading about Sash, and watching more video of him, I like what I see. I, like Reese, hope Sash is the answer the Giants have been searching for.
Jerry Reese on Sash: "Tyler Sash – height, weight, speed safety, more of a strong safety. Played a high level of comp. Lots of interceptions, I think he had 13 interceptions in his career there. Smart player, he came in, he can line up the entire defense. He can put everybody on there and tell you what they should do. You love those kinds of guys. We think he will definitely come in and challenge for a spot back in our secondary, back at one of our safety positions..."
Here's a snippet from Sash's official bio.....
In just three seasons with the Hawkeyes, Sash established himself as one of the greatest pass defenders in school history. After coming off the bench during his collegiate debut vs. Maine in 2008, the strong safety went on to start all 37 other games that he appeared in for the Hawkeyes.Here's a little highlight reel you may enjoy....
It did not take Sash long to establish himself as a playmaker for Iowa. In just his second career start, he hauled in what would be the first of 13 interceptions during his time in a Hawkeyes uniform. He finished fifth in school history in that category.
Sash returned those INTs for a total of 394 yards, shattering the school career-record while ranking fourth in Big Ten Conference annals. His 203 return yards as a junior also established a school season-record, placing tied for second on the conference’s annual record chart. His six interceptions in 2009 tied for sixth on the Iowa season-record book.
Among active players in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks, Sash finished tied for sixth in interceptions and tied for tenth in interceptions-per-game average (0.342 pg). He also led the active players with his 392 yards gained via interception returns, joining Davon House of New Mexico State (319) and Ahmad Black of Florida (362) as the only other major college defenders to amass at least 300 interception return yards in the 2011 NFL Draft Class.