2012 NFL Draft: Giants' 3 Biggest Needs on Draft Day
The New York Giants are Super Bowl champions. They finished off a Cinderella-like season in dramatic fashion and did an amazing job with their backs against the wall.
However, even champions have issues that they need to address, and the Giants are no exception. Despite winning the Super Bowl, the Giants are far from a perfect team.
They have many issues with injuries and age that they need to address this offseason and in the draft. Here are the top three issues that the Giants should look at in the NFL draft this year in order to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
3. Running Back
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The Giants may have won the Super Bowl, but they certainly didn't get their as a result of their running game. This Giants' Super Bowl offense was completely opposite than the one that won in 2008.
In 2008, the Giants had one of the best running games in the league, and it carried them to the Super Bowl. This year, however, it was quarterback Eli Manning carrying a Giants offense with an almost nonexistent running game.
Both Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, the two big runners for the Giants, have not produced as well as they have in the past. They also have not been as healthy as they used to be.
Bradshaw has taken the role of lead rusher over Jacobs, who has not been the same since he injured himself. It now seems that Jacobs is afraid to bowl people over with his brute strength, rendering him nearly ineffective as a runner when he tries to tip toe around people.
Bradshaw has proven a little more effective than Jacobs, but he cannot stay healthy. Looking ahead, the Giants are going to need to think of a running back to fill the void.
D.J. Ware might mature to be good, but he is not the answer. The Giants should consider picking up a running back in this year's draft around the second or third round.
2. Offensive Line
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The next big issue that the Giants should look to fix in the draft this year is their offensive line. The Giants' offensive line is good, but it won't be for long.
It was made clear with the exit of center Sean O'Hara this season: The Giants' offensive line is getting old. The Giants pieced together their offensive line this season and they were lucky that it held up.
As their linemen get older, they will see more and more injuries occur and they will start to thin out. The Giants need to get new blood in their line in order to avoid issues next season with injuries.
Bringing in new linemen can also help the running game, because they younger kids will be better blockers for the Giants' runners and be able to hold up some of the younger defensive linemen.
The offensive line was key to the Giants' success this year, and that is why it is important to address the offensive line issue now. The line is getting older and more injuries are bound to occur; the Giants need to bring in new, young, college talent to revitalize the line.
I expect the Giants to take an offensive lineman in the third or fourth round, and maybe even in the first if there is one good enough.
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The number one problem on the Giants that needs to be addressed in the NFL draft this season is their secondary. The Giants' secondary was awful this season.
They were dealt with a plethora of injuries throughout the season, some season-ending, that made matters worse. But even when healthy, the secondary was not exactly a scary unit to go up against. Offenses pretty much could throw against the Giants at will and burn any of the men in the secondary.
If the Giants want to repeat as Super Bowl champions, they are going to need to draft a better player at secondary. They started last year by drafting Prince Amukamara, but more needs to be done.
If the Giants are able to draft another solid corner or free safety, they will be even more powerful defensively. I expect the Giants to draft one of the best corners or safeties on the market when the first-round pick comes to them.