New York Giants: Offseason Needs

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DRAFT PICKS:

1st rd: 19th
2nd rd: 52nd
3rd rd: 83rd
4th rd: 117th
5th rd: None traded to Minn.
6th rd: 185th
6th rd: 198th (compensatory)
6th rd: 202nd (compensatory)
7th rd: 221st

NEEDS:

1. OLB: The Giants got a decent season of production from veteran Keith Bullack, but they need to find a long term solution here, and one that can take advantage of all the freedom their top notch D-line creates. Look for the Giants to address this early.

2. T: The Giants offensive line is starting to show signs of and tackle could be a position they look to upgrade. Starting LT David Diehl is also capable of playing inside and could move there if a young tackle is drafted.

3. ILB: New York’s linebackers are pretty average all around and a pretty big weak point in their defense. Adding a capable young MLB will be key to their success.

4. C: The Giants Shaun O’Hara played just 6 games last season and is in his mid-30’s finding a capable replacement is key for New York’s success.

5. FS: Antrell Rolle’s first year with NY didn’t quite go as planned and while, he is going to get at least one more shot, his guaranteed money is basically up after this year, so New York could need a replacement if he doesn’t get his act together.

6. TE: Kevin Boss is an impending free agent, and if they don’t resign him his loss is a big blow for New York. The Giants could target a mid-round TE just to be safe.

7. WR: Steve Smith is a free agent, but he likely isn’t going anywhere due to injuries. Injuries were a major concern for the Giant’s receivers last year, so drafting a guy with a clean bill of health will be a must.

8. Running back: Ahmad Bradshaw is likely going to be an unrestricted free agent, and Jacobs is starting to get up there in age. The Giants would be wise to add a young running back to help ensure their ground game stays strong.

9. CB: New York has three good corners, but two of those guys will be free agents after next season, so adding some depth here would be wise.

10. O-Line depth: In addition to their priorities at T and C, the Giants should look to add at least one additional lineman as overall it is a very old group and could fall apart pretty quickly if they aren’t careful.

11. Def. Tackle: Although this could be higher, and it will be if Barry Cofield leaves the Giants have enough depth here that that they can not make DT a huge priority. I doubt that will happen given the depth of DT’s in this class, but it isn’t the same need as some of the other positions.

SUMMARY:

The Giants have a good team, but they need to get better production from their linebackers. While they could probably survive one more season without addressing their offensive line, given their age and some recent injuries it would be smart for that to be a focus for the Giants this year. Outside of those two need areas, the Giants should find depth for both their skill positions and their secondary.


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