2013 NFL Draft: Top 5 Needs For The New York Giants

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2013 NFL Draft: Top 5 Needs For The New York Giants

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As we hit the under 50 day mark, the 2013 NFL Draft is right around the corner. This is an interesting one for the New York Giants. They went from Super Bowl Champs two years ago to out of the playoffs last season.

It seems like they need to reload talent in a few areas. They lost Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs going into last year after being components to a super bowl win. They lost Aaron Ross at the cornerback spot as well, which certainly hurt them at times last season.

Now is the time to reload. The Giants are up against the cap with quite a few holes to fill. Not all of those are going to be able to be filled via free agency. This draft is key, not only for 2013, but for 2014 and beyond too.

Not every draft class can be like the Giants one in 2007, where every pick played a role in their Super Bowl win. They don't need a class like that. They need a class that come in and provide depth and possibly a couple of starters right away. Relying on rookies to start each game is hard, but finding rookies to come and provide depth should be easier.

A good draft class can spur an organization to heights they didn't think they would be able to reach that season. A bad one can set you back for a couple season.

Here now are the five areas that Giants should address in the upcoming draft. Remember, this is before free agency begins.

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Linebacker

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It's no secret that the New York Giants need some assistance at the linebacker position. Michael Boley was released. Chase Blackburn and Keith Rivers are free agents. They will probably have Jacquain Williams start at one position, but they need to figure out the other two. If I had to guess, one spot is filled via free agency and the other will be filled in the draft. The team hasn't used a first round pick since Carl Banks, so it will be interesting if they go that route.

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Cornerback

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It's no secret that a weak link in the Giants defense was the cornerback position. Corey Webster did not have a good season and took a pay cut. Terrell Thomas is back, however, he's coming off his third torn ACL and may be moving to safety. That really leaves Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley. The league is a passing league and you need a multitude of quality at the corner position. The Giants could use an upgrade.

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Defensive Line

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The defensive line has a ton of quality guys at the end position, but guys with some questions and coming off down years. Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Matthias Kiwanuka all have things to prove. But what about defensive tackle? Right now, Linval Joseph is the best guy they have. Chris Canty is gone. Shaun Rodgers is back but how much can you count on him. Markus Kuhn should be back as well, but he's coming off injury. Look for the team to add some depth here.

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Offensive Line

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The offensive line may need two spots filled; left guard and right tackle. Will Beatty is signed for the long haul. Chris Snee will be back, but it could be his last season. Dave Baas will be there at center. What do they do at left guard? Will Kevin Boothe be back? What about right tackle? Is David Diehl the answer? Will he be back? What about unproven guys like James Brewer? Is he ready for that spot?

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Quarterback

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You may think this sounds crazy, but hear me out. Eli Manning is clearly the starter and has been one of the most durable quarterbacks in the league. Let's play the what if game though. What if Eli gets hurt? Well, right now it's Curtis Painter as his backup. That, quite frankly, isn't good enough. The team could benefit from a late round, developmental kind of quarterback. Eli is getting older, and a project quarterback me a good idea for the team.


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