What has it been......2 weeks since the Super Bowl. Long enough! I am officially ready to get moving on the draft. I would love to have you guys start to break down team needs around the NFL. I will fill in the blanks with some film study and whatever I may know from visiting the teams. I will get us started with the Giants:
1) My first choice for the Giants on offense would either be Tight End, running back or Left Tackle. David Diehl did a tremendous job moving from guard to tackle and allowing the Giants to survive the injury to Will Beatty. Diehl is not a left tackle and depth on the offensive line is greatly needed especially on the left side which other teams considered a weakness for the Giants.
At running back, Brandon Jacobs may be gone and Ahmad Bradshaw has serious chronic injury issues with his feet and ankles. I cannot imagine the Giants going into next year without major help at running back. Jacobs is a blocking force on the edge, but the Giants have to get back to their run first style to help set up Eli and the passing game. Their late season surge got jump started when the running game improved.
Jake Ballard had a good year at TE, but he got hurt in the Super Bowl again. The Giants helped their OL tremencously with chips from their backs and TEs all year. Now they need somebody to help Eli in the passing game. After what the TEs did for the Patriots all year, I expect TEs to go much higher in this draft this year than in the past.
2) Defensively the Giants are pretty well set. Antrel Rolle would like to move back to a more traditional safety position if Prince Amukamara or the return of Terrell Thomas from injury can fill the need at slot corner. Michael Boley is more of an outside linebacker, but they needed him inside much of the year. Chase Blackburn had a great interception in the Super Bowl at MLBer, but he will not be the long term answer there. Jonathon Goff should be healthy again and he is the leader of this defense. Maybe the biggest question is can they keep Osi Umenyiora happy enough to stay in NYC. Rookie Jaquiann Williams was a pleasant surprise as a cover Linebacker.
Conclusion: Unless the Giants draft a middle linebacker based on Goff's injury or a slot corner early, I would expect them the draft offense this year.