The Alliance of American Football (AAF) kicked off this past weekend and, all things considered, were met with positive reviews across the board.
Although some rules are slightly different than the NFL and are up for debate, the quality on the field was solid after just 30 days of instillation, while the transparency of the officials has already proven to be something the NFL should strive for.
As players gain further experience in the weeks to come, the overall quality of the game itself should improve. Accordingly, NFL teams should be keeping a close eye on the development of each roster because, well. . . that’s the entire point of the AAF.
Here’s a look at three defenders the Giants should be watching this season.
Azeem Victor was a sixth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 2018 NFL Draft, but didn’t manage to stick when it came time for final cuts. He later bounced around with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks before landing in the AAF.
At 23 years old, age is still very much on Victor’s side and the AAF should present him a real opportunity to put film together against other NFL-quality talent.
The 6-foot-3, 231-pound Victor was a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection in 2016 and an Associated Press Preseason First-Team All-American in 2017, but had his final season derailed due to a DUI charge. Coupled with a broken tibia in 2016, Victor didn’t receive the sort of field time he may have needed to succeed at the next level.
Always in need of linebackers, both on the outside and inside, the Giants should keep their eye on Victor.