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The Giants signed Mississippi State Safety Mark McLaurin as an undrafted free agent following this years NFL Draft. He was a versatile player for Mississippi State as safety. He played deep at times when they ran Cover 3, came up next to the Linebackers, and even played some nickel cornerback.
James Bettcher has always liked versatile players which makes sense in why they wanted Jabril Peppers. Bettcher used Deone Buchanon in the same role that McLaurin had in college and also used Tyrann Mathieu all over the field when he was in Arizona.
Art Stapleton noted in an article for northjersey.com that the Giants have moved McLaurin to Linebacker and are in fact using him as the “money backer.” It makes sense for him to convert to Linebacker since his combine numbers were not great for someone trying to play NFL Safety.
McLaurin’s stats also show that he was “do-it-all” kind of player. He averaged 6 tackles a game in his past two season and recorded 6 interceptions over that time. Three of which came against Ravens QB Lamar Jackson.
The Giants do plan to use Tae Davis a lot in pass coverage after making an impact later in 2018 plus the fact that he played three years of safety at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Tae Davis is more of a traditional Linebacker who won’t play deep or cover wide receivers.
Mark McLaurin will have to have a very impressive camp and preseason to make the 53 man roster, but he is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
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