2014 NFL Draft: Updating the New York Giants’ 5 Biggest Needs

Updating the New York Giants’ 5 Biggest Needs

Eli Manning New York Giants
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The New York Giants were unusually busy during free agency. They signed 25 free agents, including 15 players who were on different teams last season. These signings helped fill needs at offensive guard, cornerback and running back. Still, the Giants will have to plug several holes through the 2014 NFL Draft.

Here are the Giants' five biggest areas of need as their roster currently stands.

5. Outside Linebacker

Jon Beason, Spencer Paysinger New York Giants
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5. Outside Linebacker

Jon Beason, Spencer Paysinger New York Giants
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The Giants accomplished one of their top priorities entering free agency by re-signing middle linebacker Jon Beason. Now, the Giants must figure out what to do at outside linebacker. Spencer Paysinger, Jacquain WIlliams and the newly signed Jameel McClain are solid, but far from impact players. The Giants would be smart to draft at least one outside linebacker.

Possible Pick -- C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

4. Defensive Line Depth

Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants
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4. Defensive Line Depth

Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants
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This offseason, the Giants lost two of the best players from their defensive line in Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph. Big Blue will need a bounce-back season from Jason Pierre-Paul, along with major development from Jonathan Hankins and Damontre Moore, to help replace their production. They would also benefit from bringing in more depth to their defensive line at both tackle and end.

Possible Pick -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

3. A Third Wide Receiver

Victor Cruz New York Giants
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3. A Third Wide Receiver

Victor Cruz New York Giants
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Hakeem Nicks left New York and signed with Indianapolis this offseason. The move leaves the Giants with a need for a third option at receiver to go along with Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. The Giants brought back Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham, but he has suffered from injuries the last two seasons. Jerrel Jernigan is another option, but he is a better fit in the slot.

Possible Pick -- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

2. Left Tackle

Will Beatty New York Giants
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2. Left Tackle

Will Beatty New York Giants
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The Giants signed left tackle Will Beatty to a five-year, .75 million deal before the start of the 2013 season. Unfortunately for the Giants, Beatty went on to have a horrible 2013 season that ended with him breaking his leg. While New York expects Beatty to be healthy by the start of the 2014 season, his play will need to significantly improve if he is to keep his job.

Possible Pick -- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

1. Tight End

Eric Ebron
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1. Tight End

Eric Ebron
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The Giants have had a revolving door at the tight end position since the days of Jeremy Shockey. Big Blue brought in Kellen Davis after releasing Brandon Meyers, but he is hardly the solution. Davis has just 50 receptions over his six-year NFL career. While Davis will be effective as a run-blocker, the Giants could use a pass-catching tight end to provide Eli Manning with another weapon.

Possible Pick -- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina


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