The New York Giants have made a statement with their first two picks. They're going to reclaim their identity as a physical, imposing defense. East Carolina defensive tackle Linval Joseph is raw (like first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul), but he has tremendous potential and athleticism. He is 328 pounds and jumped 30 inches at his Pro Day.
This is also an admission that Rocky Bernard and Chris Canty didn't get the job done last season. General manager Jerry Reese isn't going to sit around and hope those two have bounce-back seasons. Bernard was simply awful. Canty was banged up for most of the season. Teams from Conference USA simply couldn't run up the middle against Joseph. He made 57 of his plays against the running back and he causes a lot of chaos up the middle.
With some guidance, I think he could develop some pass-rushing moves. The Giants are helping new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell get some more firepower. Joseph is not a project. He'll be expected to help out immediately. The Giants still haven't addressed the linebacker spot, though. At this point, they're the only team in the NFC East with a pick in the third round. Maybe they'll go linebacker at that point.