2011 NFL Draft | New York Giants Team Needs
In a way, the New York Giants have become the bizarro version of the San Diego Chargers.
They seem to get off to a hot start every season and deceive everybody into thinking they’re primed for another run at the Super Bowl.
Then, they come crashing back down to earth with mind-numbing velocity, and wind up missing the playoffs altogether.
The 2010 collapse was even more shocking than the 2009 version, as they blew a 31-10 lead to lose to the Philadelphia Eagles in week 15 before being dominated by the eventual Super Bowl Champion Packers the next week, effectively sealing their playoff fate.
So, as the G-Men try to pick up the pieces and figure out what went wrong, what can they do to put themselves in contention once again?
Biggest Needs: T
The Giants really don’t have many holes on the offensive side of the ball.
The only real issue is the aging of the offensive line. The core of David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Sean O’Hara, Chris Snee and Kareem McKenzie has been a solid unit for years, but addressing depth in the draft is necessary.
This way, the Giants would have some additional insurance should any of the starters get hurt, as well as some players to groom and eventually replace those current starters once their time is up.
McKenzie appears to be slowing down the most, so a replacement at right tackle may be the most pressing need of any of the five spots there. So, a guy like Anthony Castonzo, Nate Solder or Derek Sherrod may be taken with their 19th overall pick.
Biggest Needs: OLB, ILB, DT
Defense has been the strong suit for New York for years, but some key parts are getting up there in age, as well.
Not only is outside linebacker Keith Bulluck getting old, but he (and Mathias Kiwanuka) will be a free agent in the spring.
This draft class is loaded with guys that can play any linebacker spot in the 3-4. A few examples are Akeem Ayers, Aldon Smith, Cliff Matthews and Lawrence Wilson.
New York is also in need of some more depth at defensive tackle. Barry Cofield will be a free agent, and, while the team has had tons of success with a smaller, speedier defensive line, a big, run-stuffing nose tackle may be desired.
If they’re looking to fill this hole around the second round, someone like Baylor’s Phil Taylor, Temple’s Muhammad Wilkerson or Mississippi’s Jerrell Powe.