Free agent CBs could be too rich for Giants

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants have the 12th selection in this year’s draft, which means they have three of the top 74 picks in a very deep draft. They are going to get some primo talent in the door this summer.

Who those players will be are still unknown. But we will tell you this: based on the tenor of John Mara’s voice in his offseason media sessions, they will be players that possess as little risk as possible. He wants players that can hit the ground running at this point, which means no more “projects”.

In free agency, the Giants would like to add at least one starter at CB next week, but that may be difficult. SI’s Peter King is calling cornerbacks “this year’s quarterbacks”.

King states in his column this morning that Sam Shields’ $39 million deal to stay with the Packers has raised the ceiling on corners:

“…significantly better players at a vital position had their bargaining postures strengthened mightily. Specifically, Alterraun Verner, Vontae Davis, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Aqib Talib will be in the $8-million-plus neighborhood annually…”

As we reported, the Giants have shown interest in Verner. Davis and Rodgers-Cromartie are rumored to be favoring staying with their current clubs and the Giants may not want Talib, who has a history of off-field transgressions.

In a perfect world, the Giants could land OG Geoff Schwartz, WR James Jones and TE Andrew Quarless in free agency. Those three players will go a long way in filling three major holes in the offense.

Then in the draft, they can select either OT Taylor Lewan or OL Zack Martin in Round One and work on their defensive needs the next three rounds.

King also reiterates that the bottom has fallen out on the RB market. He expects many of them to be “disappointed”, and predicts teams would rather get fresher legs in the draft than use valuable cap space on veterans.

That’s good news for the Giants, who are looking to bring in a veteran RB this summer. If King is right, they’ll get away cheap in this area.

But the world isn’t perfect. And the Giants have a track record of dancing to their own beat. That will make this week even more interesting for Giant fans.




8 comments
cole3244
cole3244

let's be patient, to do this well will take a year or two to get back to contender level, as long as there is progress i for one am all in on doing this thing right for the long term good of the team.

JamesWS
JamesWS

I'm not going to lie, I'm very nervous about our ability fill up ALL the holes we have in this roster. We need a starting CB, 3 LBs (2 high quality), 2 OL, 2 RBs, and 1 #3 WR, AND a TE.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

This years free agency will be very important for the giants as well as the draft.

"In a perfect world, the Giants could land OG Geoff Schwartz, WR James Jones and TE Andrew Quarless in free agency. "

Not sure I agree with this quote although Schwartz would be a fine addition on the OL. However; Jones is 30 years old and has never had a  1,000 yard season in his career. As for Quarless, could still be reaching his potential and could be a steal.

I do believe the Giants would rather add a RB via free agency than drafting one, based on Coughlin not having faith in rookie RB to carry the ball 15+ per game; which is expected.

Should be interesting to see which direction Reese goes in free agency and which positions he deems a priority.

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

What about Terrell Thomas, Aaron Ross, and Cromartie who was just released by the Jets?


If healthy I think the Jets Cromartie could fit in nicely as a big physical CB to compliment Prince.  He would probably be cheaper then then top guys to get.  



As far as the draft goes I am really hoping the giants snatch Keith Mcgill in the second another big physical CB.  In the first round I would take either Evans or Lewan.  If Neither is there I trade down an get another 3rd rounder and then take Zach Martin in the first.  

JamesWS
JamesWS

Oh yeah, we also need to replace Linval Joseph and possibly Justin Tuck.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@jaymanjay This years draft is very deep at the WR position. It wouldn't be wise for the Giants to draft Evans in the 1st, when they have other needs equally as important that has less depth. Giants could get a WR equally as gifted as Evans in round 3.

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

@Michael Stewart @jaymanjay  equally as gifted?  Not sure about that. Deep does not mean elite deep.  There are not a lot a 6"5 4.5 speed wide outs from big time schools,  sure the draft is also deep at OL but that does not mean you don't take the elite of the class.  Besides Watkins Evans is the best WR coming out with that size.  Besides Kelvin Benjamin you got a lot of 5"10 guys no thanks we have that already and Benjamin will be gone by the second pick.  


I would be perfectly happy with Lewan, but if Reese took Evans I would not be surprised at all.  Besides DE its one of Reese valued positions.  Lets say all the top OL guys are gone meaning Lewan, Mathews, and Robinson.  Do you reach for Martin or take the second best WR on the board in Evans.  i say you take Evans and wait till the second to snatch a guy like Filo or Cyrus.      

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@jaymanjay @Michael Stewart Many believe that Mike Evans productiion is mostly caused by teams focusing on Johnny Manziel at Texas Tech. Besides there no guarantees if you're the 1st overall pick or the last player selected in the draft. Evans is a gifted WR, however; there are other gifted WR's with size that could be better or not than Evans at the NFL level. Only time will tell.

Jordan Matthews (6'3/210) 4.46

Allen Robinson (6'3/220) 4.6

Martavis Bryant (6'4/211) 4.42

Brandon Coleman (6'6/225) 4.56

By the way Mike Evans (6'5/231) 4.53