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5 Positions that New York Giants Need in Upcoming Draft

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5 Positions That The New York Giants Need to Address in 2013 NFL Draft

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There is seldom an event that is anticipated by football fans as much as the NFL Draft. It gives fans the opportunity to witness their team change their fortunes and recover from the NFL abyss. New stars get to enter the league with optimistic vigor — hopeful that they will become the next positive story that sports journalists discuss. The stars congregate at Radio City Music Hall, and Commissioner Roger Goodell commences the ceremonies.

The defending champions from a year ago enter the draft after a monumentally disappointing season. After missing the playoffs with a 9-7 record, the New York Giants’ weaknesses were exposed with each successive week of the 2012 season. While every team has positions that require improvement, the Giants’ record demonstrates that their work is cut out for them in the upcoming draft.

The offseason began with the fulfillment of promised wholesale changes. Mainstays like Ahmad Bradshaw, Osi Umenyiora, Chris Canty, and Michael Boley were released following the conclusion of the season. Likewise, Corey Webster accepted a pay cut after opposing quarterbacks meticulously tore him to shreds during the course of the 2012 season.

The draft presents the Giants with a chance to build around a younger, more electric nucleus. That being said, their usual strategy of taking the best player available will not necessarily generate results. While the Giants have added exceptional talent via this tactic, it has also left their positions of need even weaker. Reaching for a prospect is never a good idea, but the Giants absolutely need to select players that fit the description of the following.

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Linebacker

Chase Blackburn
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This was discussed in a prior article of mine, but it ought to be repeated for emphasis. The middle of the Giants’ defense was — at best — mediocre last year. An early round selection of a linebacker could get them back in the playoff hunt for the 2013 season.
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Running Back to Compliment David Wilson

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The tandem of Earth, Wind and Fire is defunct. But in 2007, that trio helped the Giants win their first Super Bowl Championship in over a decade. David Wilson, who is a speed back with breathtaking explosiveness, could benefit from a powerful back to help carry the load.
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Cornerback

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Webster, once a reliable starter, showed serious signs of aging during the 2012 season. Likewise, Prince Amukamara has not proven himself to be a viable number one option at the position. Selecting a cornerback in the early rounds of the draft could bolster the secondary.
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Offensive Guard

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Chris Snee is proving to be a veritable iron man for the Giants. But, David Diehl showed signs of oncoming age during 2012. If Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride wants to run a deep passing game with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, then Eli Manning is going to need more reliable protection. Also, a powerful guard would be perfect for running backs to follow in red zone situations- an area of serious struggle for the Giants in 2012.

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Defensive End

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For once, it seems that the Giants are in need of an edge pass rusher. While there are greater necessities, a young bookend to play opposite of Jason Pierre-Paul would make it so opposing offenses could not simply focus all of their attention on the dynamic play maker.