In the modern-day NFL, it is apparent that it is crucial to have a go-to security blanket for the quarterback that can also block effectively on each and every down. Some of the best teams in the league have one of these kind of players, and the position the New York Giants must focus on for the 2014 NFL Draft is tight end.
Year after year, Big Blue has brought in new tight ends for Eli Manning, hoping for the latest addition to be the one that the two-time Super Bowl MVP can rely on to protect him and get open on key drives … only to see said tight end not produce as hoped. This could be attributed to the recycling of the players every year, but each tight end brought into the organization has a glaring weakness, and it is so important to have a well-rounded tight end for the offense.
Without one, Manning doesn’t have a security blanket on passing plays, and he is throwing away passes or forcing throws into nonsensical spaces more often than not.
Brandon Myers is improving as a reliable option for Manning, but his blocking is putrid. The year before that, Martellus Bennett was a good tight end for the offense, but he left for the Chicago Bears. Some options for the Giants this year are Jace Amaro (Texas Tech), Eric Ebron (North Carolina) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington)
The Giants have not seen a productive, all-around presence at the tight end position since the days of Jeremy Shockey. It is time for Big Blue to go out and draft a top player to protect Manning, while providing another option in the passing game, to adapt to the modern-day NFL.