Although the New York Giants have been active in free agency thus far, the team still has multiple holes that need to be addressed, one of them being the tight end position.
The Giants let Brandon Myers walk, which seemed like the right decision considering his very disappointing 2013 season. Myers’ blocking issues were detrimental to New York’s offense and his receiving numbers did not quite live up to the hype. However, the departure of Myers leaves New York with only Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell.
Robinson, once labeled as the “JPP of tight ends” by general manager Jerry Reese, has spent his short NFL career learning the ropes and battling injuries. He is unproven and a bit of a question mark for the G-Men. Donnell is in the same boat. A player who is supposedly very talented but also not yet a dependable option.
The Giants may very well look to solve this problem with their first-round pick in the draft. Many experts have speculated New York will draft tight end Eric Ebron out of North Carolina if he falls to the Giants at No. 12.
Ebron has been widely regarded as the top tight end in the draft. He is a tremendous athlete and is capable of becoming a playmaker under the NFL lights. However, his blocking doesn’t seem to be anything to write home about and that may be a problem in New York.
The Giants have found success in the past by acquiring block-first tight ends and then acclimating them into the passing attack. New York’s Super Bowl victory in 2007 came with Kevin Boss taking over for an injured Jeremy Shockey. Also, in 2011, Jake Ballard was New York’s starting tight end.
On the flip side, Ebron may be just what New York needs because the talent on the outside doesn’t seem to be as deep as it has been in the past for the Giants. Beyond Victor Cruz, New York has work-in-progress Rueben Randle and coming-off-multiple-injuries Mario Manningham. Another receiving threat, tight end or not, may be exactly what the Giants are looking for right now.