5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters for New York Giants
2014 NFL Draft: 5 Prospects Who Could Start for New York Giants
The New York Giants were one of the most disappointing teams in the 2013 NFL season. After an ugly 0-6 start, the team looked better down the stretch against poor competition, but were never serious playoff contenders, finishing 7-9.
You may look at the 7-9 record and think they weren't that bad, but you would be mistaken. The Giants struggled to find their rhythm from the get go, and they were not able to find it all season long. That being said, the Giants have the talent to pull off a quick turnaround in 2014, and adding impact players in key situations will be important this offseason. The Giants will have the 12th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. While they may have a little bit of cap room to make some noise in free agency, I believe they will fill a majority of their holes through the draft.
Eli Manning had his worst season as a NFL QB in 2013. He looked completely uncomfortable all season long, and led the NFL with 27 interceptions thrown. The next closest had 22. Manning was far from elite, but he has established himself as a good NFL QB in the past and the Giants will surely not be giving up on him after one poor season.
On offense, the biggest opportunity for improvement will be on the offensive line. The Giants' offensive line was atrocious in 2013, and that certainly did not help Manning or their poor running game. Offensive line, especially on the interior, will be an obvious target for this team in the draft.
After a terrible start, the Giants' defense was able to turn things around last season and actually ended up being respectable. They received big play out of unexpected places and that helped them finish as a middle-of-the-pack statistical defense. That being said, there is plenty of room for growth in this unit, with cornerback and linebacker being obvious holes.
Head coach Tom Coughlin and Manning have had a ton of success together in New York, and you would be a fool to doubt their ability to turn this thing around. In order for them to do so, the Giants must draft impact players at positions of need this offseason. Here are five NFL Draft prospects who they should consider and could start for the 2014 Giants.
5. Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG
The Giants simply must address the interior offensive line in this draft. Xavier Su'a-Filo is one of the top offensive guard prospects in a shallow class. He is a versatile player who gets a quick first step off the ball. He shows power in the run game and athleticism in pass protection. The Giants should target Su'a-Filo in the second or third round as he could start right away and be a major upgrade.
4. Gabe Jackson, OG
Gabe Jackson is my favorite interior offensive line prospect in this draft, so naturally he would make a ton of sense with the Giants. At 6-foot-3 and 339 pounds, Jackson is a powerful run blocker with a physical mauling style. He also shows the necessary athleticism to be a good pass blocker on the inside. With guard being such a huge need, Jackson would be a great target for the Giants in the second round.
3. Darqueze Dennard, CB
The Giants could really use a corner to play opposite of Prince Amukamara, and if Darqueze Dennard is available with the 12th overall pick, he could be a very tempting selection. Dennard is a big, physical corner that shows the potential to be a shutdown guy. The Giants lack impact talent in the secondary, and Dennard would help fill that void immediately.
2. C.J. Mosley, LB
C.J. Mosley is the best "traditional-style" linebacker in this draft. He has great speed and athleticism that helps him tremendously in both the run game and in pass coverage. Also, you will struggle to find a smarter football player and better on-field leader. Mosley could step right up and become a leader for the Giants' defense in 2014.
1. Eric Ebron, TE
Ebron is a big, physical, fast and athletic TE that has great ball skills. He appears to be the next in line of big and athletic TEs that are taking over the league. While they may have more pressing needs, Ebron could step in from day one and make a huge impact on offense.