Which Positions Should The Giants Focus On In The Draft?
The Giants have done a fairly admirable job of patching up some of the holes in their defense and offensive lines during the beginning of this season’s free agency period, and with the recent additions of CB Zack Bowman and OL Charles Brown, they’ve gone even further in bolstering their most vulnerable positions.
However, trying to plug up the holes the Giants had in their lineup and build for the future strictly through free agency is like trying to plug up the Titanic with a chunk of Big League Chew. The biggest resource the Giants have at their disposal when it comes to rebuilding their team and looking towards the future is the NFL draft.
So, taking their newest free agent acquisitions into account, what positions do the Giants really need to focus on in the upcoming draft? What weaknesses are now the top priority that the team needs to address? Well, it certainly isn’t cornerback. The Giants went out and scooped up three free agent cornerbacks and re-signed Trumaine McBride, and a position that was in dire need of an upgrade for the last few seasons may now be one of the deepest in the conference.
One of the positions the Giants really need to turn their attention to in the draft is the offensive line. With the departures of veterans like David Diehl and Kevin Boothe, the Giants now need to focus on getting younger on the offensive line. For a long time, during their most successful seasons in the latter part of the last decade, the offensive line was the Giants’ anchor — the glue that held their offense together. It was built from sturdy, reliable veterans who had played together for multiple years.
Recently, inconsistency has been the main theme along the offensive line along with a plethora of injuries, and the line has been unstable, to say the least. The Giants need to work from the ground up and begin rebuilding the offensive line with the future in mind, investing a few draft picks in some quality linemen who can anchor the offense for the next five or six years as Eli Manning moves into the prime of his career.
Another position the Giants could benefit from bolstering in the draft is wide receiver. With Hakeem Nicks now gone, Victor Cruz is left to shoulder the burden of being the team’s big playmaker at wide receiver, with the up-and-coming Reuben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan still learning the ropes and new/old Giant Mario Manningham returning to the fold. The Giants could use some more young talent at wide receiver, someone who could fit the role that Nicks just vacated: a big, speedy receiver with sure hands who can stretch the field.
With the draft less than a month away now, the offseason is beginning to gather momentum as we inch closer and closer to the 2014 regular season, and soon the picture of what the 2014 Giants will look like will begin to take shape. However, there’s still a long way to go and a lot of work left to be done.