I know many of you want to start looking ahead to the draft and what the Giants will do. In no particular order, they can use another offensive lineman, cornerback, linebacker, tight end, running back, a speedy playmaker for special teams and possibly another safety.
Here are Todd McShay’s and Mel Kiper’s first crack at who the Giants will draft at 19 and their analysis.
McShay: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
“After studying tape of Liuget we feel he's not far behind (Auburn’s Nick) Fairley and (Alabama’s Marcell) Dareus among defensive tackles. The Giants have spent a lot of money on ends and pass-rushers in recent years, and Liuget would help provide a strong presence in the middle as an every-down defensive tackle.”
Kiper: Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
“His brother went to Pittsburgh at No. 18 overall last year, looked like a Pro Bowl player early and became one late in his rookie season. The other Pouncey has similar attributes. He's durable, smart and versatile along the interior. By far the best player at his position in this draft, he should pay immediate dividends for the Giants and be effective as both a run- and pass-blocker.”
Ohm’s take: If the Giants were to draft another defensive tackle –- and of course, the Giants love their defensive linemen -- it would potentially be as insurance if Barry Cofield is not re-signed. Cofield had a terrific season for the Giants but his contract is up.
GM Jerry Reese has said that he will wait to see what happens with the new collective bargaining agreement before deciding what to do with free agents.
The Giants already have Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and the promising Linval Joseph, who should get more playing time in his second season. Joseph was taken in the second round last year and had he stayed in the draft, he might be a first-round pick this year.
As for an offensive lineman, the Giants could use an extra body. The Giants fared well despite all the injuries but starting center Shaun O’Hara will be coming off surgeries to his foot and Achilles. Adam Koets did well as the backup center but he is coming back from a torn ACL injury. And Rich Seubert, who was superb while filling in at center, faces a lengthy rehab after surgery to repair his kneecap.
I’m not discounting O’Hara and Seubert. They are as tough as they come and I expect them to return next season. But the Giants will need to cover themselves and add more depth and youth on the line.
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