New York Giants Must Go Defensive Heavy in 2013 NFL Draft

By Devin O'Barr
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After a disappointing campaign in 2012 the New York Giants find themselves in rare air with the 19th overall pick this April. In my mind the Giants need to hit the defensive side of the ball hard in this draft in order to make Eli Manning and company champions of the NFL yet again.

Last season the Giants went running back in the first round with David Wilson and didn’t select a defensive player until round three. Obviously the club is hoping for more out of Prince Amukamara who was selected 19th overall in 2011 and has played in just 20 games during his first two seasons.

Tom Coughlin can’t be happy with a Giants defense that ranked 25th in defended the run especially with the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III set to be running rampant in the NFC East for years to come. The pass defense was even worse ranking 28th in the league yielding over 254 passing yards per game and not being a factor versus some of the best quarterbacks in the league.

This past April the Giants selected just two defensive players, however I can expect the script to be flipped this year with a draft class of predominately defensive prospects. Chase Blackburn is also hitting the road this offseason and he will be dearly missed this year as he led the team in tackles last year with 93 and added three sacks also.

Early NFL mock drafts have the Giants taking Ezekiel Ansah a defensive end out of Brigham Young who has a 6-foot-5 frame thats conducive to success at the NFL level. Whether it be Ansah or someone else the Giants need to have a defensive heavy draft in 2013.

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