New York Giants: Early Draft Preview

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJanuary 23, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 11:  General manager Jerry Reese of the New York Giants looks on Giants minicamp at Timex Performance Center on May 11, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants don't usually make big splashes in free agency. So while it's still tough to get a feel for what the Giants will be looking to do in the 2013 NFL Draft, there's a very good chance that Big Blue won't have changed drastically by the time April 25 rolls around. 

With that in mind, let's dive in with an extremely early preview of what the G-Men should be thinking.



The Giants have quite literally all seven of their regular picks. No more, no less, although there's a good chance they'll get a compensatory pick or two added in the later rounds. 

Round 1, Pick 19
Round 2, Pick 51
Round 3, Pick 83
Round 4, Pick 115
Round 5, Pick 147
Round 6, Pick 179
Round 7, Pick 211 


Positions that require upgrades

1. Cornerback

Prince Amukamara had solid first season as a full-time starter, but with Corey Webster coming off of a terrible year and Terrell Thomas not someone they can rely on, the Giants still desperately need help in coverage. That secondary gave up a league-high 8.1 yards per passing attempt last season.

They might not be able to afford a starting caliber corner on the market, but they should invest in one early in this draft.

Options in the early rounds: Jordan Poyer (Oregon State), Logan Ryan (Rutgers), Desmond Trufant (Washington), Terry Hawthorne (Illinois), David Amerson (NC State)


2. Defensive end

With Osi Umenyiora likely gone and the soon-to-be-30-year-old Justin Tuck looking a lot more like a soon-to-be-40-year-old, there's really nobody around to complement Jason Pierre-Paul consistently. With that in mind, the Giants have to find a pass-rusher who is NFL-ready in this year's draft, because those types of guys are too tough to get on the open market.

Options in the early rounds: Dion Jordan (Oregon), Bjoern Werner (Florida State), Ezekiel Ansah (BYU), Sam Montgomery (LSU), Alex Okafor (Texas)


3. Linebacker

It's not as though they aren't pretty deep in this spot, but all three starters are past their prime and coming off of poor seasons. The run defense took a hit in 2012 and the tackling was much sloppier than usual. They definitely need fresh blood in the middle of the defense, whether it comes via free agency or the draft.

Options in the early rounds: Manti Te'o (Notre Dame), Kevin Minter (LSU), Sean Porter (Texas A&M)


4. Guard

They might keep Kevin Boothe and Chris Snee is a Pro Bowler, but neither player stands out and both will be in their thirties by the time next season rolls around. Even if 2012 fourth-round pick Brandon Mosley can move inside, the Giants would be smart to use a selection or two on interior offensive linemen.

Options in the middle rounds: Omoregie Uzzi (Georgia Tech), Alvin Bailey (Arkansas), Braden Hansen (BYU)


Why I'm not including offensive tackle: I like Will Beatty, who had a breakout season, and I also believe Sean Locklear can hold it down. Plus, there are plenty of good potential right tackles that are about to hit the free-agent market, and New York drafted two tackles just last year.