Breaking Down Before The Draft: New York Giants Running Backs

By jason evans
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Let’s continue our look at the New York Giants as we are a week from the draft with the running back position. It’s a new generation of backs behind Eli Manning. Gone over the past couple of years are Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Let’s take a look at who is in position to run the rock for the Giants.

Last year’s first round pick David Wilson will certainly have more of a role in the Giants backfield this year than last. Wilson struggled early on, but he came back to play a pretty big role for the team especially on kick returns. Wilson has a huge opportunity to show he can be a big time back in the league.

Andre Brown will return as well. No one thought much of him during camp, but Brown stepped up and became the goalline back for the Giants before breaking his leg towards the end of the season. Brown has said he wants to get 22 touchdowns this year, so you know he’s already feeling good and ready to get back out on the field.

Da’Rel Scott and Ryan Torain will provide depth behind Brown and Wilson at running back. Scott hasn’t had much of a chance to show what he can do due to injuries. Torain came to the team late in the year last year and was brought back for this year. Henry Hynoski returns as the fullback.

The Giants could grab a running back in a middle round. Giovanni Bernard could be an interesting choice in the third round. Someone like Marcus Lattimore, who is an injury risk but has ability, could be a pickup in the fifth round. I think the Giants add someone during the draft. I don’t think they do in the first round, but they do at some point.

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