The New York Giants are entering the 2013 NFL Draft with quite a few questions surrounding their team after missing the playoffs last season and failing to defend their Super Bowl title. However, several questions have been addressed, if not answered, through free agency but there are still a few remaining. One of the biggest questions for the Giants is how they improve their pass defense which ranked 28th in the NFL.
The obvious answer would be for the Giants to focus on revamping their pass rush which dropped from 48 sacks in 2011 to just 33 in 2012. Osi Umenyiora is gone. Justin Tuck has not generated a consistent pass rush in two years. Jason Pierre-Paul fell off of a cliff last season as offenses were able to double-team Pierre-Paul and take him out of the equation with little fear of ramifications.
The Giants are sitting on a gold mine of a pick at 19 overall. There looks like there will be a rush on offensive linemen early and that could cause some pretty intriguing prospects to fall into the Giants’ lap. The best defensive end in the draft is Dion Jordan and there is no way he will fall to the Giants. However, Bjoern Werner will almost certainly be there and he has a lot of potential despite having limited football experience.
Another route the Giants might be able to go is in the secondary. Dee Milliner, the best cornerback in the draft, could potentially be there after Adam Schefter reported that he has had five surgeries in his career. Safety Kenny Vaccaro will probably be there and after Kenny Phillips left this off-season the Giants might be in the market for a safety. The Giants do have Will Hill, Stevie Brown, Tyler Sash and Antrel Rolle but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell does love to employ multiple safety sets.
There will be plenty of options. The Giants could see one of the promising offensive linemen fall to them. They could see one of the stud defensive linemen, or a star player in the secondary. Two years ago Prince Amukamara fell to the Giants at 19 and the Giants could very well see another gift fall into their laps.
No matter what gift falls into the Giants’ lap you can bet GM Jerry Reese will select the best player available on his board but I am willing to bet it will be on either the offensive or defensive line or in the secondary.