The New York Giants have not made any huge splashes in free agency—in fact, most of the news is a result of them losing players rather than signing them—yet the few moves that have been made have affected my mock drafts.
The latest is the loss of backup defensive end Dave Tollefson, which could change what the Giants do as early as the first round.
GM Jerry Reese has only taken defensive backs, pass-rushers and wide receivers in the first round of his drafts, so it is obvious that he places a high priority on the passing game.
Expect this draft to do much of the same, but hopefully, he upgrades the offensive line as well.
Defensive end, again? Yes.
I now firmly believe that if one of the top pass-rushers should fall to the Giants at No. 32, Jerry Reese will feel compelled to take him.
The Giants' needs do not include defensive end on the surface, but remember, they lost Dave Tollefson to the Oakland Raiders, and Osi Umenyiora's contract ends at the end of this season.
When Reese picked Jason Pierre-Paul, everyone went crazy because it was not a need, but look how that has turned out.
I'm not comparing Perry to JPP, but given how the Giants love pass-rushers, it would not surprise me if they took one in the first round.
There are a bunch of pass-rushers that have first-round grades; Perry is just one of many that would improve the Giants front four.
The Giants may trust their current group of offensive linemen to improve on last year's pathetic performance, but I don't.
Bobby Massie is a load and could come in and replace right tackle Kareem McKenzie from day one. He plays with a ton of intensity and is a terrific run-blocker.
The Giants ranked dead last in rushing the football, so they need to shake things up.
Only the Giants know if they plan on bringing back Rocky Bernard, but from the outside looking in, it does not seem like they are going to re-sign him.
Bernard came back at a cheaper price last offseason, but only after not finding a home after the Giants released him due to a contract dispute.
Derek Wolfe fits the mold of defensive tackle that the Giants love—not that big, but strong, athletic guys who can bring pressure up the middle.
With Brandon Jacobs gone and the Giants having not signed anyone to replace him, they should look to the draft to find a complementary back to Ahmad Bradshaw.
Fitting that they should wait until Round 4—the same round in which Jacobs was taken in the 2005 draft to complement Tiki Barber.
Robert Turbin is a big back with surprising speed who could eventually take over for Bradshaw in a year or two.
With the Giants losing Mario Manningham to the San Francisco 49ers, they could add another receiver in the draft.
Jerry Reese has not shied away from taking wide receivers—in fact, he's taken one every year except 2010 since taking over as GM in 2007.
Tommy Streeter is deceptively fast, has long arms and can work the field vertically, which would allow Victor Cruz to work the slot.
The Giants might try to bring back Deon Grant, as he is a leader and a terrific locker room presence, but the vet entering his 13th season could call it quits.
Tyler Sash and (God willing) Chad Jones are potential replacements, but don't be surprised to see GM Jerry Reese add to the competition in the later rounds.
Trenton Robinson is a solid run defender and had four interceptions in 2011.
James Hanna could turn out to be a workout warrior, but at this point, there is no reason that the Giants couldn't take a flier on him.
Hanna led all tight ends with a 4.49 40 time, but he surprisingly did not produce much at Oklahoma. He managed just 27 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns last year.
The Giants could still look to add a tight end, with Martellus Bennett signing only a one-year deal.
The Giants most likely have a position to fill at left guard—2011 season-opener starter David Diehl was not successful and could even be moved to the right tackle spot for one season.
Mitch Petrus and Kevin Boothe both saw action at left guard last year, when Will Beatty was lost for the season and Diehl moved over to left tackle. Neither were that impressive, though Petrus did give the offensive line some life in his starts.
Lonnie Edwards is a dominant run-blocker and needs work as a pass-blocker, but he could compete for a starting job in training camp.