Are the New York Giants Leaning Towards an Offensive Lineman with their First-Round Pick?
There has been much speculation over how the New York Giants may spend their No. 12 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Positions that have been thrown into the mix include: wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line and even linebacker.
General manager Jerry Reese may have shed a little light on the matter recently. ESPN New York’s Dan Graziano quoted Reese in an article he wrote on Thursday:
“We have work to do still on the offensive line. We brought some offensive linemen in, but we’re still going to try to get players on the offensive line. And the defensive line, linebacker. Every position could be upgraded more for us.”
Reese doesn’t outright say that the Giants are going to draft an offensive lineman, but at the same time, it is obvious that he still wants to beef up the unit. After all, the offensive line was the main source of the offense’s troubles a season ago.
In the offseason thus far, the Giants have made some serious strides. New York has signed guard Geoff Schwartz and center J.D. Walton. Both players have some experience and should provide upgrades, especially Schwartz.
Meanwhile, some experts have speculated New York will take North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron with their first pick. The Giants signed Kellen Davis this offseason after Brandon Myers signed with Tampa Bay but Davis is a block-first tight end who has caught just 50 passes in five seasons.
On the other hand, Reese doesn’t seem too worried about the current tight end situation. Graziano also reported that Reese shook off a question from the media, saying that tight ends haven’t really had “prominent roles” on the Giants in the recent past. With a statement like that, it is hard to see New York spending a first-round pick on the tight end position.
If New York was going to take an offensive lineman, there are certainly a few options out there. Jake Matthews from Texas A&M, Taylor Lewan from Michigan and Notre Dame‘s Zach Martin are all expected to come off the board in the first fifteen picks or so.
If Matthews or Lewan falls into New York’s lap, it may be hard for Reese to pass them up. With last season’s failures still fresh in the Giants’ memory, the team may do everything they can to ensure nothing like that happens again in 2014.