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Team needs: New York Giants

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For the second time in the last five years, the Giants used a furious run at the end of the season to win a Super Bowl title. With Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Victor Cruz and other stars etched into the lineup for years to come, there’s reason to believe that they can challenge for more rings. It’s important to remember, though, that the Giants were close to not even making the playoffs. That means there are still needs to fill for the Super Bowl champs.

Offensive Line: The Giants struggled to run the ball all season and the lack of pass blocking almost got Eli Manning killed in the NFC Championship Game so it’s not hard to pinpoint the biggest area of need on the team. Longtime right tackle Kareem McKenzie is gone, David Diehl didn’t play all that well at left guard or tackle and the team’s still not quite sure what they have with Will Beatty at left tackle after his first year as a starter ended early with an eye injury. The team can go for either a guard or a tackle and should probably grab at least one of each over the course of the draft. If they draft for need in the first round — not a hallmark of General Manager Jerry Reese’s — Ohio State’s Mike Adams or Wisconsin’s Kevin Zeitler could be possibilities.

Running Back: Brandon Jacobs took his “fast-ass car” to San Francisco, leaving the Giants with only Ahmad Bradshaw from last year’s tailback tandem. They have the underwhelming D.J. Ware, untested Da’Rel Scott and Andre Brown, who faces a four-game suspension if he makes the team, behind Bradshaw. They could use a back to add some competition and depth because Bradshaw has had injury issues with his feet. It’s not something they need to address early, but it is something they should address.

Tight End: Jake Ballard is a good bet to miss the entire season and Travis Beckum will be slowed early as he recovers from a torn ACL. They signed Martellus Bennett and still have Bear Pascoe, but they might find a good value in the middle rounds to round out the group. If such a player can also fill a receiver role, they might not miss Mario Manningham all that much.

Cornerback: Corey Webster is coming off an excellent season, but Terrell Thomas is making his way back from a torn ACL and Prince Amukamara’s rookie season was something of a wash because of a foot injury. If all three are healthy, the group should be very good behind the excellent Giants pass rush. A little insurance couldn’t hurt, though.

The Giants have picked Pierre-Paul and Amukamara in the last two first rounds, neither of whom filled what most people considered to be their biggest need heading into the draft. The Giants are more likely to go with the best player available than almost any other team and, given the results, it’s hard to argue with their strategy.

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27 Responses to “Team needs: New York Giants”
  1. whatnojets says: Apr 24, 2012 11:32 AM

    A new Quaterback!!!

    How about trading Eli and 5 picks for Tim Tebow??

  2. deanvernonwormer says: Apr 24, 2012 11:32 AM

    Giants are the luckiest team in NFL history. Last year they had lost 6 of the last 7, are being outplayed by the Jets, then they get the lucky “The Cro falls at midnight” 99 yard touchdown. Rex Ryan and the ever potent Cromartie, the 2011 NY Giant MVPs.

  3. mike bonserio says: Apr 24, 2012 11:39 AM

    Coby Fleener, Doug Martin or Mike Adams are my first choices.. Any one of those guys in the first round and im happy. Maybe a LB too..

  4. burnzido says: Apr 24, 2012 11:45 AM

    Biggest Team Need = New Owner. Mara is a disgrace!

  5. buddybowl69 says: Apr 24, 2012 11:45 AM

    A police escort for their Death Race 2012 with Eli leading the way in his ’74 Gremlin.

  6. chrisdoval88 says: Apr 24, 2012 11:57 AM

    The New York Giants needs 1.LB 2.TE 3.RB 4.OL

  7. mrmojo448 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:01 PM

    To Mike Bonserio:

    I think that LB might be Hightower from the Police Academy (err.. sorry I mean Alabama)

    Also I think the story earlier on this site about Fleener from an ‘Anonymous scout’ was a misdirection play from some team that REALLY wants him. My guess, the Colts, hoping that he will drop to them at 1st pick 2nd round (33?). My two cents.

  8. fxws says: Apr 24, 2012 12:02 PM

    The Giants must be happy that OL, RB, and TE happen to be what mose of the first-round/early second round prospects play.

  9. whatnojets says: Apr 24, 2012 12:08 PM

    burnzido says:
    Apr 24, 2012 11:45 AM
    Biggest Team Need = New Owner. Mara is a disgrace!

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    Since when is Mara the owner??? When did THIS happen???

  10. sportsfan15 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:11 PM

    I just want to say that deanvernonwormer is an idiot. Besides that… Gmen need O-line first then LB.

  11. ibeenthereandback says: Apr 24, 2012 12:13 PM

    There’s an old expression that, Luck favors the prepared mind.

    Not the mindless.

    We’ve all lived through our team stinking out the joint, so when we do…is the other team lucky or do we just stink?

    How many weeks in a row do you need to be lucky to win a Super Bowl? I guess you think every week was lucky?

  12. east96st says: Apr 24, 2012 12:17 PM

    “…other stars etched into the lineup for years to come, there’s reason to believe that they can challenge for more rings in the years to come.”

    Which will be interesting to watch … in the years to come. It’s like Gregg never left.

  13. gurudougiemac says: Apr 24, 2012 12:20 PM

    I’d say you have that order reversed, chrisdoval88.

    I’d try to go OL; RB; TE; LB

    I don’t think the GMen see a lot of difference in the players from 20 to 40. So they will pick the best player available, with a lean towards the team needs. My guess is they’ll grab the best S/CB player available (T2 is a ?-mark and Prince is unproven) with RB coming in a close second.

  14. buckybadger says: Apr 24, 2012 12:20 PM

    Best player available is the best way to draft. When you draft for need you will end up reaching for a guy who shouldn’t be drafted that high and you increase your chance of getting a bust.

    When drafting, especially in the 1st round, you won’t know your needs long term. I don’t care how stacked you might be at a certain position you can always get better or increase your depth.

    In the NBA the year Jordan came out Portland and Houston didn’t need a 2 guard that year but who doesn’t have a need for Jordan? Rodgers feel in the draft because so many teams didn’t need a QB, most of them do now.

  15. quirtevans says: Apr 24, 2012 12:23 PM

    “The New York Giants needs 1.LB 2.TE 3.RB 4.OL”

    Well, you have to remember, they have already drafted a linebacker, sort of. They traded a fourth rounder for Rivers.

    What they need is a MIDDLE linebacker. And the real question is whether they think they have someone who can play that position at a high level already on the roster (Boley; Jones; or Herzlich). Sometimes they’re right (TE last year); sometimes they’re not (OT last year).

    To me, TE is their highest priority, if they think Boley can handle the middle or that one of the sophs will step up. Particularly since they lost their #3 receiver, Eli will need another option. (Of course, that’s what I said last year.) If he’s still there, Fleener would make a great choice.

    If I were sitting in Reese’s chair, though, I’d be hoping a highly-rated player drops down the board, like Amukamara did last year, or else I’d be looking to trade down, if you can find another team desperate enough. You could still pick up one of the next tier of tight ends in Round 2, and you might be able to pick up an extra pick or two, this year or next year.

  16. cowboyhater says: Apr 24, 2012 12:28 PM

    Half their team needs had already been accomplished by strangle-holding half the NFC east by penalizing their cap space. Well played Mara, you idiot! By the way, we are still getting RG3 on Thursday, so that didn’t work out too well for you.

  17. cooklynn17 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:30 PM

    deanvernonwormer says: Apr 24, 2012 11:32 AM

    Giants are the luckiest team in NFL history. Last year they had lost 6 of the last 7, are being outplayed by the Jets, then they get the lucky “The Cro falls at midnight” 99 yard touchdown. Rex Ryan and the ever potent Cromartie, the 2011 NY Giant MVPs.
    _________________________________________________________
    Suck on it loser, you sound like a jilted lover….boo hoo!

  18. weaponx73 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:40 PM

    Yea cruz was so lucky when he evaded two defenders who were right on top of him when he caught the ball. And then was lucky when he outran that other defender. Where I come from thats called skill. But I should cut you some slack since you’re Jets you obviously have no idea what that is.

  19. cappa662 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:44 PM

    Giants need to get a passrusher. Osi will prolly retire or be cut in the next two years. Thats exactly the same time the person they draft now will be breaking through.

  20. gintfan says: Apr 24, 2012 1:30 PM

    Giants needs:

    1. Continue to own New York
    2. Continue to own the NFC East
    3. Continue to be better than the Jets
    4. Continue to make Eagles fans lose feathers
    5. Continue to keep Redskins on the reservation
    6. Continue to keep the Cowboys out in the pasture
    7. Continue to win the NFC Championship
    8. Continue to win Superbowls

  21. bigbluelou says: Apr 24, 2012 1:45 PM

    The draft as we know is HIT or SH*T. I take a wait and see approach as a fan. I can’t look too much into it. Reese’s winning percentage as a GM is pretty good and I will go with that. look at Manningham, he did crap in his first 3 years; then lo and behold he makes the biggest catch of his life in the Super Bowl to help us win. You never can tell.

  22. oldbyrd says: Apr 24, 2012 1:55 PM

    I am a Eagles fan forever but, we sure don”t draft like NY.. We moved up to take Brandon “the Bust” Grahm. Giants got Pieere Paul. Giants got a Prince, Eagles got Casey Matthews. Eagles could care less about linebackers. That’s just plain stubborn. Can’t wait to see this years Jerome McDougle. I will say in all fairness, they got an excellent MLB if he stays healthy. But, its do or die for Reid. Giants have won 2 Super Bowls in the last 4 years. Eagles got worse…..FACT

  23. royhobbs7 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:42 PM

    All of the so-called experts are picking areas of need for the Giants that are “semi-needs”. This team is a powerhouse of talent and will improve due to getting back the walking wounded and talented rookie base that did not contribute last year (mostly due to the lockout).

    However, there is one area that IS deficient and needs to be addressed (and I haven’t seen it posted anywhere else):

    Our Giants need a return specialist who puts fear into the opponents’ coverage teams.

    That’s it. Get a KR/PR whose got quicksilver moves and speed to burn and we’re deep in the playoffs for 2012 irrespective of any schedule they may try to throw our way!!!!!

  24. gpete1962 says: Apr 24, 2012 10:13 PM

    cowboyhater says: Apr 24, 2012 12:28 PM

    Half their team needs had already been accomplished by strangle-holding half the NFC east by penalizing their cap space. Well played Mara, you idiot! By the way, we are still getting RG3 on Thursday, so that didn’t work out too well for you.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    To bad your not going to have any money left to put a team around him.

  25. kingcarlbanks says: Apr 24, 2012 10:27 PM

    Giants need O-line depth and a Rb. The line was too iffy last year and weak at the point of attack. Bradshaw needs help and im not sold on any of the backs behind him. Our linebackers are fine. We have the right mix of youth, athleticism and experience. And i agree with royhobbs7, an actual return man who scares other teams would be nice. Havent had one since Meggett. A little depth in the secondary would be nice too. And some cheerleaders..

  26. mhohmann says: Apr 25, 2012 6:17 AM

    Reese rules!

  27. Angry Orange Man says: Apr 26, 2012 2:49 AM

    deanvernonwormer says: Apr 24, 2012 11:32 AM

    Giants are the luckiest team in NFL history. Last year they had lost 6 of the last 7, are being outplayed by the Jets, then they get the lucky “The Cro falls at midnight” 99 yard touchdown. Rex Ryan and the ever potent Cromartie, the 2011 NY Giant MVPs.
    ______________________________

    zero point zero

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