Team Needs: New York Giants
NEEDS RATING KEY
5.0 - High priority. This is a position that is a glaring weakness and there is the likelihood that this team cannot compete next year without making a major addition here.
4.0 - Medium Priority. This is an area that is an obvious weakness, but the team isn't quite desperate to make a major move here possibly because they have some young potential. But this is an area that if the team cannot fix via free agency, will definitely use one of their picks in the first three or four rounds to supplement.
3.0 - Upgrade Potential. This is a position that isn't a weakness per se, but there is significant room for an upgrade. If the right player comes along they will certainly snag him, but if they don't fix this position with a major free agent addition or early round pick, then it's not the end of the world.
2.0 - Depth Need. An area where there is a need to add depth. Perhaps there is an aging veteran and they might want to start to look at grooming his heir apparent or replacement. Not likely to be a high priority and a position that more than likely will be address in the middle and late rounds rather than with a top pick.
1.0 - Future Need. This is an area that is not a priority, and doesn't initially appear as a need. But there is some room to develop some depth for perhaps two or more years down the line. This is usually an area that a team will look at in the late rounds if at all.
0.0 - Non-need. This is a position that is a strength of their team, they have a solid starter, capable depth, and/or a young player at the position that they like and want to develop. Very little possibility this area is addressed and would be the equivalent of a wasted draft pick.
Top 10 Needs
1. LB - 4.0
2. OC - 3.5
3. OT - 3.0
4. OG - 3.0
5. TE - 3.0
6. S - 3.0
7. RB - 2.5
8. WR - 2.5
9. CB - 2.5
10. RET - 2.5
Quarterback - Eli Manning answered a lot of questions about just how good a QB he is with his play this year, showing a clutch gene that many previous thought didn't exist. David Carr is their top backup and is a free agent. He's unlikely to get many nibbles on the open market, so should be retained. But they might look in the late rounds to develop somebody, something they've tried to do several times over the years with guys like Andre Woodson and Rhett Bomar to no avail. NEED: 1.0
Running Back - Ahmad Bradshaw is good when healthy, but has struggled to do that over the years. Brandon Jacobs could be retained but only at a reduced salary, an iffy proposition. D.J. Ware is a competent No. 3, but would be underwhelming as the primary backup. If they can find a good backup in the draft, they won't hesitate to draft him. NEED: 2.5
Fullback - Henry Hynoski was solid as a rookie lead blocker and should be a good piece for them going forward. NEED: 0.0
Wide Receiver - Mario Manningham is a free agent, and likely to price himself out of New York. That would leave them still fairly solid with Nicks and Cruz as the No. 1 and 2 guys. Competition between Ramses Barden, Devin Thomas, Jerrel Jernigan, and Domenik Hixon could yield a decent replacement for Manningham, but it's by no means a sure thing. They could definitely be looking for a vertical threat on the outside in the draft or free agency. NEED: 2.5
Tight End - Knee injuries to both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum in the Super Bowl open a void here. They were likely to try and upgrade this spot anyway, but those injuries could prevent either from being healthy in September, making it a priority. They could draft a guy in the early rounds, especially given this year's free agent class is lackluster. NEED: 3.0
Offensive Tackle - Kareem McKenzie is a free agent and coming off a down year. He'll be 33 in May, and probably won't be retained. Will Beatty has yet to run away with the left tackle position despite flashing potential. If he can finally put it together, it could allow them to move David Diehl to this spot. They did draft James Brewer last year, but it looks doubtful he's ready to be a starter. This is a position that just for the sake of insurance could use another starting-caliber body. NEED: 3.0
Offensvie Guard - Snee is coming off a down year too, but they have little doubt he should bounce back. Kevin Boothe was an effective left guard, but is a better backup than full-time starter. Diehl could also be in the mix at that spot, but they also might give Mitch Petrus a longer look here. This could definitely use an upgrade, but it's less dire given they know Boothe can hold it down if need be. NEED: 3.0
Center - David Baas was serviceable at best at this position, being slowed by injury in the second half. They could definitely find a good young long-term solution here. Boothe and Petrus provide depth, but aren't likely to be that option. NEED: 3.5
Defensive Tackle - Chris Canty had his best year in a Giant uniform, and Linval Joseph flashed upside as a disruptor in the middle. Rocky Bernard is a good backup but will be a free agent. If Marvin Austin comes back healthy from injury, then they should be fairly solid here. They need shy away from guys that can help their rotation, but it's not a need. NEED: 1.0
Defensive End - The future of Osi Umenyiora is in doubt. He is entering the final year of his contract, and he could get an extension or he could be dealt. Or he could just play out the final year of his deal. The Giants will be OK without him since Jason PIerre-Paul and Justin Tuck are more than capable of handling things. Mathias Kiwanuka can easily also help them out if need be. But if they do move Osi, then you can expect them to add another body to help out the rotation. NEED: 1.5
Linebacker - While Jacquian Williams had his moments as a rookie, he's not seen as the long-term solution in the middle. Jonathan Goff will hit free agency, and could return but doesn't inspire any more confidence. This position could take an even bigger hit if Osi's departure forces Kiwanuka to play more at defensive end. Expect them to definitely upgrade the middle spot, and potentially the strongside spot as well. NEED: 4.0
Cornerback - Corey Webster is a solid No. 1 corner, and Prince Amukamara has potential but didn't do much as a rooiie due to injuries. They'll likely enter next year as the starters. Aaron Ross probably won't be back unless at a bargain. Terrell Thomas is a promising No. 2 corner, but is coming off an ACL injury and isn't a sure bet whether he picks up where he left off prior to the injury. Insurance is what they need, especially in the nickel. NEED: 2.5
Safety - Antrel Rolle is versatile, but very inconsistent in coverage. Kenny Phillips is solid, but the future of this spot took a hit when Chad Jones got into a car accident two years ago. They could definitely look to add another young safety that could potentially push Rolle. Deon Grant is a good role player, but that's all. NEED: 3.0
Kicker - Lawrence Tynes is the epitome of a guy that just gets the job done. NEED: 1.0
Punter - Weatherford was so good in his first year with the Giants that they tagged him. NEED: 0.0
Return Specialist - Jernigan did not run away this position which could cause them to look for more help this off-season. NEED: 2.5
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