As the New York Giants begin to think about who they should draft in April, they’ll need to figure out what their biggest needs are. The Giants were near the bottom defensively overall so defense is something they should want to take care of right away. There are several areas of their defense that will need addressing.
The play from the linebackers this season wasn’t good at all. LB Chase Blackburn was clearly the best linebacker on the team, but no one else provided any kind of good play. The Giants also struggled stopping the run, with their linebackers unable to fly to the football. The Giants will definitely look to take care of that issue.
However, I believe there is a great need at the cornerback position as well. The Giants did use their third round pick last year on CB Jayron Hosley and Hosley has done a decent job. However, it was clear that teams picked on CB Corey Webster, who was beaten a lot and gave up a lot of big plays and touchdowns.
Therefore, the Giants should use their first-round pick on CB Johnthan Banks out of Mississippi State. Banks is lengthy at 6’2’’, but not overly powerful at 185 lbs. However, he was a good press coverage corner with the the Bulldogs, and the Giants can use a tall corner to match up with the tall receivers Webster has struggled with.
The Seattle Seahawks are showing how difficult it is for opponents to throw it up and ask the receivers to fight for the ball. They have two tall, imposing corners in CB Richard Sherman and CB Brandon Browner, which makes it difficult for receivers to win individual battles. Hosley is short, so he can be a reliable nickel corner if the Giants were to draft Banks.
If the Giants want to eliminate the big plays that have haunted them all year, they would be wise to draft Banks.