The New York Giants have many needs to fill despite being the Super Bowl champions. They could use help at tight end and offensive line, and depending on what they do with some contracts, they might need a running back, corner, defensive tackle or middle linebacker.
It all depends on how the next month or so shakes out. The NFL will hit free agency on March 13, and the Giants are projected to be approximately $7 million over the new cap.
Draft Tek has a full seven-round mock draft out right now, and in this slideshow, I will buy or sell their selections for the Giants.
The Giants have seemingly had a need for a linebacker of any type for the last several drafts, yet Jerry Reese refuses to make the position a priority, frequently waiting until the later rounds to address the need. Could this be the year he changes his mind?
Zach Brown is a very talented linebacker, but this move only makes sense if the Giants plan on moving Michael Boley, which is not the case. Brown is not a SAM linebacker; he is more suited for the weak side, where he would be more of a weapon in pass coverage.
Not to mention I get the distinct feeling the Giants feel comfortable with Michael Boley on one side and Jacquian Williams on the other. If they had selected a middle backer here, I could see the reasons for it, with Jonathan Goff an unrestricted free agent and coming off ACL surgery.
If you remember back to my scouting picks mock draft last week, I actually had scouted Doug Martin for the Giants.
This pick makes a ton of sense even if the Giants do not get rid of Brandon Jacobs. The bottom line with him is even if he takes a pay cut, he is still going to be 30 in the summer. When a running back hits 30, they typically go down hill.
2011 was already not a great year for Jacobs.
Doug Martin can come in and be a perfect compliment to Ahmad Bradshaw. He is a big bruising back, albeit not as big as Jacobs, but can help the Giants in third down and short yardage.
Emmanuel Acho was another player I scouted in my previous mock draft article. The selection only makes sense if you assume Jerry Reese is going to get rid of Osi Umenyiora and move Mathias Kiwanuka down to defensive end.
Even then, you have to assume he does not trust Jacquian Williams to come in and take over for Kiwanuka.
While I did list him as a possibility in the third round, I am not making both of those assumptions. Williams would be the guy.
I know the Giants have a potential need here with Deon Grant being a free agent, but I don't like the safety pick this early.
The Giants already have Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle as solid starters, and rookie Tyler Sash reportedly impressed defensive coordinator Perry Fewell when he got first team reps in training camp last year.
Not to mention the possibility of 2010 third-round pick Chad Jones rejoining the team this year, even if it is not at the beginning of the season.
I could see the Giants going safety, but not in the first four rounds.
The Giants have two players they theoretically could replace with both LT David Diehl and RT Kareem McKenzie if neither are brought back.
Will Beatty was the starting left tackle for the first 10 weeks, and although it was not a success, he still has room for improvement.
They also have 2011 fourth-round pick James Brewer, who projected well as a right tackle coming out of college.
Though not to miss an opportunity to motivate those guys, I could see Jerry Reese bringing in competition, maybe even going with a tackle earlier than this.
Tackle is not as much of a need as left guard in my opinion, but the Giants would do well to add both positions in April.
I could get behind this selection of a wide receiver if he offered something in the return game, and I know the Giants could lose Mario Manningham, but I do not see the Giants going in this direction.
Lewis has potential, but he doesn't fit a need. Even if the Giants lose Manningham, they still have Domenik Hixon, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden and Devin Thomas to back up Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
While you may not trust Jernigan and Barden, the Giants do. This pick doesn't make any sense.
I agree with the positional need for the Giants, but I would hope the latest the Giants would wait to draft a guard would be Round 5.
The Giants may value Kevin Boothe and Mitch Petrus as solid players, but the fact remains that the offensive line was a very average group in 2011.
Even when Petrus came in and rejuvenated the offensive line for a couple games at the end of last season, they did not trust him enough to leave him in the starting lineup when David Baas came back.
Baas missed games early in the season, and Boothe replaced him. That group did not block very well against Seattle and New England. However, when Baas missed time later in the year, the group of Diehl, Petrus, Boothe, Snee and McKenzie had the best games of the season.
Even though I believe Petrus should be the Giants starting guard in 2012, I do not get the feeling the Giants agree.
If that is the case, hopefully, the Giants come to their senses and draft a guard earlier, but I can't argue with the selection here.