2013 NFL Draft: Top 5 Priorities for New York Giants
2013 NFL Draft: Top 5 Priorities for the New York Giants
It was only two years ago, pro football fans were looking at the New York Giants winning their second Super Bowl in four seasons defeating the New England Patriots again. That being said, this year the then defending champs didn’t even make the playoffs. Some areas that have been strengths over the past few years were exposed and the Giants were extremely beatable, especially on the road.
We will see if the Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese (pictured above) is the genius all the people on television are calling him rings true. If the team can show that the 2012 season was a fluke and they can return to the playoffs, it would do wonders for the loyal Giants fans. Not to mention, it would be good for head coach Tom Coughlin’s blood pressure levels while keeping his job secure in New York.
This Giants team is still a very good team. However, they are another year older and a team like the Washington Redskins is extremely young and hungry, lead by now second year quarterback Robert Griffin III to prove this year that last year wasn’t an accident and they are the new kid on the block in the NFC East.
If the Giants have a tremendously successful and smart draft, they will not bat and eye and show that their team is still a legit threat in the NFC and possibly go all the way and lift up their third Super Bowl in six years. Overall, they don’t have too many needs as much as they need depth at certain positions as well.
#5 Backup Quarterback
While Eli Manning is just amazing, their depth behind him is lackluster to say the least as it is currently David Carr and Curtis Painter. At this stage of the game, a rookie would be much better in the long run for this team to develop behind Manning.
#4 Defensive End
The Giants pass rush was pathetic, especially down the stretch and on the road no less. Besides how bad their pass rush seemed, they also lost Osi Umenyiora to the Atlanta Falcons so reinforcements are needed.
Another lynchpin of the Giants team is their secondary and lately they've been getting burnt far too much lately so a massive upgrade is needed sooner than later.
Signing Dan Connor to a linebacker corps that's already bad, is worse than a band-aid on a broken leg. The New York Giants will look in the draft early to fill this need. Names that are being thrown around are Manti Te'o and even Alec Ogletree would be their best fits for defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
#1 Offensive Tackle
Eli Manning can't be Elite without protection and his strong side has been a turn style with David Diehl (pictured above) and he isn't getting any younger. Also, without a good right tackle, the Giants run game will suffer if Diehl is still starting in 2013.