Monday, January 21, 2013
First-round thoughts for Giants
By Tim Kavanagh
With three key offensive linemen set to hit free agency this offseason -- OTs Will Beatty and Sean Locklear as well as OG Kevin Boothe -- the New York Giants are going to be busy in the coming weeks figuring out whether to re-sign any or all of them or take their chances in free agency and the draft.
This year's free agent class will offer some solutions, though the Giants don't tend to be a team that spends a lot of money in the market. So this could be a year where they invest their first-round pick (No. 19 overall) on an O-lineman, and they should have some intriguing options available. On the other hand, as we've seen in recent campaigns, GM Jerry Reese and his associates have leaned towards taking the best player available on their draft board in the first round, regardless of position.
This April, things may work out where a highly rated player is available to them at a position that has become a need all of a sudden. Mel Kiper Jr. explains:
Mel Kiper, Jr.Mock Draft 1.0
"It was just a year ago at this time when we considered the pass rush a major strength of the Giants, with an emerging Jason Pierre-Paul and veterans Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. But while JPP is now among the best 4-3 defensive ends in the league, the latter two will both be north of 30 by the time the draft arrives -- Umenyiora may not be around next season, and it could be the final year for Tuck in New York. If the Giants want to keep the defensive line a strength, a proven, high-motor defender with pass-rushing skills such as LSU's Sam Montgomery would make a lot of sense."