A lot of mock drafts have linked the New York Giants to tight end Eric Ebron. The Giants lost last season’s starting tight end, Brandon Myers, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency and didn’t replace him with a true starter. But the Giants don’t need to come out of next week’s draft with a tight end.
Right now the Giants have Kellen Davis, Daniel Fells, Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson at the tight-end position. None of those players have distinguished themselves in the league so far. Davis and Fells are veterans known more for their blocking than receiving, and Donnell and Robinson are youngsters that have never seen major snaps in the NFL.
But the Giants have gotten through a season with less. No one thought much of Jake Ballard the season he took over as starter, and he went on to record over 600 receiving yards for the Giants during the 2011 Super Bowl season. Even when they had a talented receiver at tight end in Jeremy Shockey and Martellus Bennett, the position hasn’t been an integral part of their passing game.
The Giants have needs all over the offense. While Ebron would be a great pick, there is no guarantee he will be available when the Giants are on the clock. There should be no discussion about trading up for him. If there is a better player available, the Giants should feel free to take him.
Jerry Reese and the Giants should stick to their best-player-available strategy. This draft is deep enough that it could realistically net the team three starters. For a team that has as many holes as the Giants, that should be more of a priority than finding a starter for a specific position.