5 Potential First-Round Scenarios for the New York Giants in 2014 NFL Draft
New York Giants' 2014 First-Round Draft Scenarios
With the NFL scouting combine only two and a half weeks away and the NFL draft a mere three months away, it’s never too early to start the speculation, and speculation is nothing new for a New York team like the New York Giants.
The Giants finished 2013 at 7-9, their second straight year where the team missed the playoffs after their Super Bowl 46 victory. Despite the numerous injuries and porous offensive play from the Giants, it is a miracle that the Giants actually won seven games last year. Numerous deficiencies and inconsistencies plagued the former two-time champions.
For one, the offensive line allowed 40 sacks, contributing mightily to one of the poorest offenses in the NFL, ranking 28th out of 32 teams in scoring. The running game also didn't contribute as expected, with six running backs taking handoffs this season through injuries and poor play. Defensively, the Giants only recorded 33 sacks on the year for a unit that normally records 40-plus sacks a year, and a weak linebacking unit consistently failed to make big plays. Without midseason addition Jon Beason, the unit might have been the worst in the NFL.
The Giants' needs concern the offensive line, the running back position and linebacker. As far as free agents are concerned, Beason only signed a one-year deal at midseason, leaving him open for the free agent market. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph and Justin Tuck are free agents on the line. Offensively, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Andre Brown headline the offensive free agents. Along with cornerback and defensive tackle, these positions are a must that the Giants have to target through the draft.
The Giants have the 12th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. Here are the five beat scenarios for the Giants at no. 12.
5. New York Trades Down For Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey
With all of he players in the backfield having experience with injuries, the circus that is the Giants' backfield should trade down, accumulate picks and select Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey. Carey is a big-play back who can handle the ball 20-25 times a game and not worry about injuries or inconsistent play, something the Giants haven't had since Tiki Barber.
4. New York Selects Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert
New York's cornerbacks are good, yet have few difference-makers. with all three division opponents boasting big-play offenses, the secondary needs an upgrade here. The Giants should select Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert if he's available at 12.
3. New York Selects Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald is quietly rising up the draft boards, and it would not surprise me one bit if he were a top-15 pick. With the Giants, Donald could contribute immediately in an already deep defensive line unit that may lose Joseph to free agency.
2. New York Selects Michigan's Taylor Lewan
New York's offensive line had so many different starting combinations last season that would make your head start spinning. Michigan's Taylor Lewan is a mauler in the running game and comes from a great legacy of Michigan offensive linemen. Lewan could start immediately at left tackle, thus moving Will Beatty to right tackle and sliding last year's first-round pick Justin Pugh to guard, improving all aspects of the line.
1. New York Selects Alabama's C.J. Mosley
New York's linebacking corps was among not just the worst linebacking units in the NFL, but one of the worst units in the NFL, period. Alabama's C.J. Mosley gives the Giants some youth and athleticism along with a pedigree of playing in a sophisticated defense under Nick Saban.