Offensive tackle, wide receiver, linebacker and cornerback. These are, without a doubt, the largest needs the New York Giants must acknowledge in the 2014 NFL Draft. But which position should be No. 1?
Signs initially point to the offensive line, as Eli Manning has had no time to survey the field in 2013. However, with a late top 10 pick most likely for the Giants, it is without a doubt a priority to address a position with someone that is highly ranked. Cornerback could be a position of strength for the 2014 NFL Draft, and due to the lack of production of the current corners on the Giants, it would be smart for Big Blue to focus on the position in the first round in May.
A corner garnering a lot of attention the Giants could potentially select is Michigan State‘s Darqueze Dennard (pictured above). The Spartans secondary star has compiled quite the stat line in 2013, and is the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award for the most outstanding defensive back in college football, along with selections to the First Team All-Big Ten and College All-American teams.
With the addition of a top-tier corner in 2014, the Giants could possibly have the best defensive secondary in the NFL. Safeties Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown and Will Hill, along with corner Prince Amukamara, would completely stop any rhythm for opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers. Interceptions would pile up quickly, which would keep the ball in Manning’s hands, and the offense would have more opportunities to put up points.
Though the offensive line is a key position to address in 2014, drafting a top corner is the smart choice for ownership in the coming months.
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