New York Giants Will Address Defense in Huge Way During 2013 NFL Draft

Pat Lovell — USA Today Sports

When you think of the needs for the New York Giants, you mainly think of areas on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, the Giants are set at all positions except for the offensive line, where they could get younger. This means we should expect the Giants to probably pick up yet another pass rusher. General manager Jerry Reese has a thing for them.

The Giants can really use help at the linebacker position. After letting LB Michael Boley and LB Chase Blackburn go to the Carolina Panthers via free agency, the Giants have big question marks at that position. Sure, they will look to young LB Jacquian Williams to become better and be a playmaker at the position.

They also signed LB Dan Connor from the rival Dallas Cowboys, but Connor was available for cheap for a reason. He’s not the long-term answer for the Giants. There has been a good amount of chatter about the Giants speaking to Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o on a number of occasions, indicating the Giants will definitely be looking for a middle linebacker.

The linebacker position isn’t the only area of need. Like I mentioned before, the Giants could look to add a pass rusher. They currently have DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DE Justin Tuck, but we’re not sure what we can expect from Tuck. Moving LB Mathias Kiwanuka into the third pass rushing slot would weaken the linebacker unit, even though the Giants just may very well do that.

The Giants almost have no other choice but to draft multiple impact linebackers if they want to shore up their run defense. An underrated move they made was replacing the oft-injured S Kenny Phillips with S Ryan Mundy, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He can prove to be an excellent replacement if S Stevie Brown were to be injured.

The Giants also have young S Will Hill, who’s a hard hitter and fearless. The Giants could use another safety, but they’re fairly set at that position. They also have an abundance of interior linemen, but they are waiting on DT Marvin Austin to become the player many thought he would be when he was dominating at the University of North Carolina.

Simply put, the offense has very few holes, barring injuries. On defense, however, they can certainly better themselves. Since opportunities for major free agency moves are past, the draft is the time for the Giants to do this.


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