NFL: 5 Free Agents Who the New York Giants Should Target

Jeffrey Schmidt@JeffSchmidt9Correspondent IIIJanuary 18, 2012

NFL: 5 Free Agents Who the New York Giants Should Target

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    The New York Giants have been adding most of their players through draft in recent years, but this offseason has a number of free agents who would be perfect fits with Big Blue.

    The Giants have made it all the way to this season NFC Championship game, but the team still has needs along the offensive line, interior defensive line, linebacker and in the secondary.

    With a solid team already in place, let's look at five free agents who would make this team much more dangerous. 

Carl Nicks

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    Carl Nicks is arguably the best guard in football, and it was reported by NBC's Greg Rosenthal and ESPN's Adam Schefter that Nicks was expected to leave the Saints as an unrestricted free agent. 

    The Giants' rushing attack ranked a dismal 32nd this season, and it was due to a lot of bad guard play. David Diehl moved to left tackle late in the season, which would open a guard spot for Nicks to take over this offseason. 

Curtis Lofton

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    There is no question that the Giants need help at the linebacker position, and if they don't plan on adding one on the draft, Curtis Lofton should be their guy. 

    Lofton improved his pass coverage ability as the 2011 season went on, and he is an above-average player in terms of stopping the run. Lofton could develop into a Pro Bowl-type player if he played behind a ferocious defensive line such as the Giants.

Brodrick Bunkley

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    The Giants have the most dominate defensive line in the NFL as of late, but defensive tackles Chris Canty and Linval Joseph hindered this line from reaching their full potential. The two defensive tackles did not play to their full potential this season; and while the Giants have Marvin Austin (who missed the season due to injury), the team should still look to upgrade the position. 

    Brodrick Bunkley of the Denver Broncos is a big physical presence who could be key in shutting down the run and he may come at a relatively affordable price.  

Jake Ballard

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    Jake Ballard will be a free agent this offseason, and I think that it is key for the Giants to bring him back after a surprisingly good season. 

    The Giants could still look to draft a tight end such as Dwayne Allen out of Clemson due to the fact that tight ends possess huge match up problems for the defense. Having a guy like Ballard and a faster guy like Allen on the field the same time would open up lanes for Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to catch more passes. 

Terrell Thomas

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    Terrell Thomas proved that he is a viable starter in the NFL, and it would be huge if the Giants could resign the unrestricted free agent. 

    The Giants were plagued by injuries all season in the secondary, but Thomas proved that he could match up with some of the best receivers that the NFL has to offer.