During the offseason, the New York Giants made plenty of signings, but there are still several of holes to fill. While the team signed a few offensive lineman, most of the big signings were on defense. The signings certainly filled needs, but now the Giants have to focus on improving a defunct offense, and the draft is the best option.
The Giants were actually a solid defensive team last year. According to numberFire, their defense was the sixth-rated unit in the league when adjusted for strength of schedule. For purely total yards given up, the Giants ranked eighth, and their passing defense only allowed 6.3 YPA, which ranked fourth in the league.
The Giants lost Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph, but brought in Robert Ayers, Jameel McClain, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond. They retained Jon Beason and Mike Patterson, along with several other players. A unit that ranked near the top of the league should only improve next season.
The offense, however, was one of the worst in the league. The Giants went about fixing the primary culprit — the offensive line — but there is still work to be done. Outside of that, the Giants only have Victor Cruz as an established receiver, and Kellen Davis at tight end — and Davis isn’t really a top option. The team is hoping that younger players such as Jerrel Jernigan, Rueben Randle and Adrien Robinson are able to move into more prominent roles.
With so many questions lingering on that side of the ball, it makes sense for the Giants to spend most of their resources draft day on improving that unit. It doesn’t matter if it’s offensive line, wide receiver or tight end; it’s just important that they focus on one of those positions. The Giants should take whichever of Eric Ebron, Mike Evans, or Taylor Lewan is available at 12.
If Eli Manning and the passing game can’t improve from last season, it won’t matter how good the defense gets.