Eli Manning won his second Super Bowl. Now Eli has one more title than his older brother. The Giants pick 32nd in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Free Agency Recap
The New York Giants added Martellus Bennett at tight end. New York also traded for Keith Rivers. Giants general manager Jerry Reese always seems to find a way to find talent. I preferred Brandon Tate over Hakeem Nicks in 2009 when both wide receivers were coming out of North Carolina. In 2010, I thought South Florida pass rusher George Selvie would be better than Jason Pierre Paul. Fool me once with a decision I question shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me for doubting your ability.
2012 NFL Draft Needs
#2 Tight End The Giants will need a 2nd tight end next to Martellus Bennett with Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum both injured. Coby Fleener will adapt to the NFL faster then any other tight end in this draft class. Dwayne Allen is the tight end with the best chance to make a pro bowl in my opinion. There is a huge drop off in tight end talent after Fleener and Allen. Atlanta will probably take Allen at 55 knowing this. Its vital for the Giants to take Fleener if he slips to 32 in this case.
Defensive End Depth The Giants need defensive end depth. I previously listed Chandler Jones as a 3rd round talent. In my new mock tomorrow, I’ll have Chandler Jones on the Giants in round 2.
Defensive Tackle Depth The Giants need one more defensive tackle for depth. Mike Martin could be a 3rd round option.
#2 Running Back The Giants need a #2 back behind Ahmad Bradshaw. Robert Turbin may be available in round 4.
Dime Cornerback The Giants field cornerback that shuts down opposing #1 receivers is Corey Webster. Webster is one of the leagues best field corners.
Guard Depth The Giants need guard depth behind Kevin Booth, Chris Snee, and Mitch Petrus.
Free Safety Depth The Giants need free safety depth behind Antrel Rolle. The Giants want to replace Rolle over the long run. The problem is this draft class is horrid at safety.
Wide Receiver Depth The Giants have Hakeem Nicks as their primary target, Victor Cruz as their secondary target, and Ramses Barden as a slot receiver. Jerrell Jernigan was a player that I thought got way too much hype last April. Hixon is a reserve receiver at best while Isaiah Stanback is a receiver that should only be used on special teams. Depth is needed in case a Giants wide receiver gets injured. Luckily for New York, this draft class is heavy with wide receiver talent.
3rd String Quarterback The Giants could use a 3rd string quarterback to gain experience from David Carr. Eli Manning is 31 years old and should remain the starter for another 5 seasons at the bare minimum. David Carr is 32 years old and turns 33 in July. A developmental 3rd string quarterback in the late rounds to compete with Ryan Perrilloux for that 3rd string roster spot should be added.
NFL Draft Strategy
Reese should draft the best available players on their board. Those players will likely be the top picks.
Playoffs or No Playoffs? Playoffs The Giants should make the playoffs and claim home field once again.