Friday, February 22, 2008

New York Giants Looking To Acquire DeAngelo Hall - Trade Analysis & Fantasy Impact

The great Mike Garafolo, Giants beat writer for the The Star-Ledger, is reporting on his blog that the Giants have offered the Atlanta Falcons their first round pick (31 overall) for CB DeAngelo Hall. Hall is scheduled to make 4.22 million in 2008 and is in the last year of his current contract. His arrival would most likely mark the end of Sam Madison and RW Mc Quarters tenures in NY.

Why New York Would Do This

Pairing Hall with young corners Aaron Ross, Corey Webster and Kevin Dockery, gives the giants one of the fastest and most athletic young secondaries in the NFL. The kind of speed Hall brings to the table coupled with his physical style of play fit in perfectly with the Giants' aggressive scheme that puts emphasis on bump and run coverage. His arrival will give defensive coordinator Steve Spagnoulo the opportunity to create more blitz packages that come off the corners and take more chances given Hall's ability as a one on one defender.

Why Atlanta Would Do This

The rebuilding/overhaul continues in Atlanta as Hall would join TE Alge Crumpler as prominent Falcons' players that have been shown the door. The added pick would give the Falcons two in the first round as they already own the #3 pick overall come April.

Fantasy Impact

The Giants started the 2007 season as one of the worst defenses in football after two games. In the 14 regular season games and 4 playoff games that followed they evolved into an excellent unit that warrants consideration among the top 5 in all of the league. The addition of Hall would only add to their value as he is playmaker that can help this defense force more turnovers. Hall has good hands as evidenced by his 17 career INTs and is an excellent fit for Steve Spags' system.

The Giants D will head into the 2008 season as a top 5 fantasy defense, but keep an eye on two things this offseason - the possible retirement of Michael Strahan and loss of Gibril Wilson in free agency -as these could negatively impact this unit and hurt their value a bit.

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