We move on to the defensive line as we are a little under a day from the 2013 draft. For the New York Giants, the defensive line is in a bit of a transition. Justin Tuck is getting older. Gone are Osi Umenyiora and Chris Canty. Let’s take a look at who’s there.
At the defensive end position you have Tuck, who is in the last year of his contract and has battled injury over the past few years. Matthias Kiwanuka moves back to his more natural position and can focus on that instead of d-line and linebacker. Jason Pierre-Paul looks to return to his form of two years ago rather than last year. He had some trouble with double teams, so hopefully work in the off-season has helped that. Guys like Adrian Tracy, Justin Trattou and Adewale Ojomo will look to compete for playing time at the spot as well.
The defensive tackle position has shifted as well. Linval Joseph returns and will start at one spot. Competing for the second spot are two players from the divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles looking to prove themselves in Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson. Shaun Rogers is back after missing all of last year with a blood clot. Markus Kuhn, last year’s seventh round pick returns from ACL surgery. Marvin Austin is back as well.
The Giants could add another pass rusher during the draft. They have been known to do that from time to time. Bjoern Werner could be a target in round one. They could look to add a defensive tackle late, but if a premier one is there in the first round, they could draft him.