John Fennelly, Lead WriterThis offseason, Giant fans are jumping on the “fix the offensive line” bandwagon. I agree the offensive line is a huge concern, perhaps the biggest, but there are other units on the roster that need just as much attention.
Tight end, linebacker and cornerback immediately come to mind. Also, there is a clamoring for a big, physical WR to replace Hakeem Nicks. If the Giants can’t bring in a veteran replacement, they may not be able to pass up a Mike Evans or a Kelvin Benjamin early on in this draft.
And how about a pass rusher? They were way down in sack production last season and may not be bringing back their top sacker, Justin Tuck (10.5). They also need help in the offensive backfield, unless you feel comfortable with what they have right now. I can’t see how you can be.
The unheralded story this offseason is the Giants’ need for corners. Currently, the team has only three CBs under contract with NFL experience: Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley and Charles James. Whoa.
Corey Webster is gone and probably won’t return unless the roster hits critical mass at the position this fall. Terrell Thomas is a free agent as are Trumaine McBride and Aaron Ross. The Giants could get all three back for a song since they’ll be little interest in them on the open market.
But is that an upgrade? Of course not. They must move forward. I’m not enamored with any of the upcoming UFAs (see list). We saw what a physical, intimidating secondary can do this past season with Seattle, so if taking a player along the lines of a Richard Sherman isn’t on your draft day date planner you missed the memo.
As for the draft, the Giants probably won’t use their first rounder on a CB, but could grab a good one come Day Two or Three. I think they should. Some mid-to-late round possibilities…
- Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska (6’2″, 215)
- Keith McGill, Utah (6’3″, 214)
There are others, but these two could end up getting taken higher simply because the NFL is a copycat business and right now big, physical secondaries are all the rage.