New York Giants' Draft Needs

Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2009

In the Jerry Reese Era, which has been the last two seasons for the New York Giants, they have had excellent NFL Drafts.

The Super Bowl winning team consisted of many draft picks who contributed to the team during the season.

Amhad Bradshaw, Steve Smith, Aaron Ross, Zac DeOssie, and Jay Alford were all huge players during that run.

This past year, the Giants drafted guys like Kenny Phillips and Terrel Thomas who both played very well on the defensive side of the ball. The Giants also drafted Mario Manningham last year, who should excel this year at wide receiver.

For this up coming season, the Giants must need to fill in a couple gaps to get back to their Super Bowl winning ways.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Giants have great depth in the secondary and are pretty solid at the linebacker position as well. The spot on the defense where the most concern lies in terms of depth is on the defensive line.

Last season, Osi Umenyiora went down in the pre season, and Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, and Dave Toffelson filled in nicely. In this years draft, the Giants might want to pick up a solid defensive lineman.

Some prospects can be Mississippi defensive tackle Peria Jerry and LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson who both had excellent seasons this past year.

The Giants can also look into USC outside linebacker Brian Cushing, who is a solid player and great off the edge.

On the offensive side of the ball, there are again few holes to fill.

The Giants are obviously set at running back with Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw.

Kevin Boss is starting to become one of the good tight ends in the league and the offensive line is one of the best in the league and really doesn't need that much help.

And just for those anti-Giant fans or negative readers, the Giants do not need a quarterback.

Where the Giants might need help is at the wide receiver position.

If Plaxico Burress does not come back to the team, the Giants will not have the big target for Eli Manning to throw to.

Yes, Steve Smith and Domenick Hixon are good, but they do not cause double teams or are not big in body stature, in which Burress was.

The Giants should look into North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who is a big guy and can stretch the field vertically.

He also made that ridiculous, behind the back catch in the Tar Heel's bowl game.

Another good receiver to look at is LSU's Brandon LaFell, who played very well in the SEC for the Tigers.

So, since the Giants got eliminated this year in the NFC Divisional Playoffs, their draft spot should range from pick 20-30.

Lets hope that Jerry Reese can draft some great young talent and take this team back to the promise land.