Among the many offensive deficiencies the New York Giants had last year, a lack of production from the receiving corps was near the top of the list.
The offensive line is surely the team’s top priority but recent reports indicate that the Giants are going to target a guard in free agency. With that in mind, New York would be smart to use their first-round draft pick to acquire another weapon for quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning suffered through the worst season of his career last year and some of that was due to the inconsistent play from his receivers. Beyond Victor Cruz, Manning could not find a reliable target with a GPS.
On the outside, Hakeem Nicks was a shell of his old self and Rueben Randle is still finding his footing on the NFL stage. Tight end Brandon Myers was also one of last season’s biggest disappointments.
So, with Nicks likely gone and Randle still raw, the Giants need to go after another receiving option. Two players who could be around by the time the Giants draft at No. 12 are Mike Evans from Texas A&M and Eric Ebron from North Carolina.
Evans has the size and speed to be an impact player in the NFL. In his two years at A&M, Evans caught 151 passes for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was Johnny Manziel‘s go-to guy and a force to be reckoned with on the college landscape. All signs point to his success continuing on the next level.
Ebron could be another immediate impact player for the Giants. Ebron ranked second among tight ends with a 40-yard dash time of 4.53, and as a senior, he tallied up 62 catches, 973 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The Giants haven’t had a real difference maker at the tight end position in years.
The offense will sputter through another season if changes are not made in several areas. Cruz cannot remain Manning’s only reliable threat on the outside if New York wants to make another Super Bowl run any time soon. The Giants have the opportunity to use the draft to solve this problem.