Breaking Down Before The Draft: New York Giants Linebackers
We move on to a position that is undergoing quite a bit of turnover for the New York Giants; the linebacker position. The Giants haven’t had a pro bowler at the position since Antonio Pierce was on the team. Now it’s a team that could have three different starters than last year.
Michael Boley was released after an up and down season and a high cap number. Chase Blackburn signed with the Carolina Panthers and Matthias Kiwanuka is back to defensive end full time. Jacquian Williams will probably start at one linebacker position. He is probably the fastest out of all the linebackers the team has and the best in coverage. Keith Rivers returns to the club. He showed some ability last year, but was also plagued by injuries. Spencer Paysinger and Jake Muasau can help outside and on special teams. In the middle, Dan Connor was brought in to replace Blackburn. He will compete with Mark Herzlich for the position.
This is a position that the Giants could certainly use a draft pick in. Manti Te’o and Alec Ogletree could be targets in the first round. Kevin Minter, Arthur Brown and Khaseem Greene could be options later on if the they decide to not use a first round pick on a linebacker.
The Giants need to come out of the draft with another linebacker. At this point, it’s probably the weakest position on the team. It’s a unit under transition and a draft pick will help speed the process along.