Jerry Reese addressing Giants' needs

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jerry Reese didn't divulge much when it comes to his plans for the draft.

But the New York Giants general manager did sound like a man who is looking for a linebacker.

Reese described the play of his linebackers as "OK" this past season. Linebacker Keith Bulluck's contract is up and the team needs more speed and athleticism at linebacker.

As for Jonathan Goff, who finished his first season as the starter at middle linebacker, Reese said he would like to see improvement this season.

"Jon did OK," Reese said of Goff, who finished with 80 combined tackles and one sack. "I think he can play better. I think we can get better production from that position, but all things considered, a first-year starter, Jon did well."

Reese also will be looking at offensive linemen in the draft. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said on Friday that center is an area of concern with Shaun O'Hara (foot), Rich Seubert (kneecap) and Adam Koets (ACL) all recovering from surgeries.

When the Giants pick at No. 19 in the first round, plenty of offensive linemen, mostly tackles, should be available, according to prognosticators.

With so many injuries to his offensive line and age creeping up on the starters, Reese may look hard at taking an offensive lineman. With a potential lockout complicating what teams will be able to do in free agency, the Giants may have to cover themselves in this draft.

"Obviously, our top three guys coming off surgery, I understand they're on the mend and on the way back," Reese said of his three injured centers. "A couple pretty catastrophic injuries at that position, so center, we're always looking to improve every position."

The general manager said he wants to add speed and he has needs at linebacker, offensive line, cornerback, safety and tight end.

The Giants also could add another running back with Ahmad Bradshaw's contract expiring. Bradshaw has been told that he will be a priority as the team wants to bring him back, and it would be surprising if Bradshaw doesn't return. But the team's starting running back did wonder if the Giants can afford to keep him and Brandon Jacobs.

Jacobs is slated to earn $4.65 million in 2011 and $4.9 million in 2012.

"We'll see, time will tell," said Reese. "We'll see after we have more information about everything, we will see how that plays out."

When asked about defensive tackle Barry Cofield, whose contract is also up, Reese said the team is "in a little bit of a holding pattern." Reese has said he likely will wait for a new collective bargaining agreement to be reached before dealing with free agents.

Reese was asked about Plaxico Burress again, and he reiterated that he will investigate bringing Burress back as he does with all free-agent situations.

But Coughlin said there hasn't been much discussion about the former Giants receiver, who is expected to be released from prison in June. He is serving a two-year sentence on weapons charges after shooting himself in the leg at a New York nightclub in November 2008.

"Right now that's really nothing to talk about," Reese said. "His situation is what it is until that changes. If that changes, we'll investigate that."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.