by Ryan of The Sportmeisters
After an amazing Super Bowl run in 2008, the New York Giants started off just as hot in 2009.
However, losing three out of their last four and a divisional Playoff exit left the team and its fans wondering how they can get back on top.
It’s no surprise that their fall from grace came after the suspension of former WR Plaxico Burress. His recent dismissal puts the wide receiver position at the top of their draft concerns, but the G-Men need to be smart in picking up some good defensive options as well.
Let's take a look at the top needs for the New York Giants in the 2009 NFL Draft.
New York Giants Draft Picks:
- Round 1, Pick 29 (29th overall)
- Round 2, Pick 13 (45th)
- Round 2, Pick 28 (60th)
- Round 3, pick 27 (91st)
- Round 3, Pick 36 (100th)
- Round 4, Pick 29 (129th)
- Round 5, Pick 15 (151st)
- Round 5, Pick 28 (164th)
- Round 6, Pick 27 (200th)
- Round 7, Pick 29 (238th)
Team Need No. 1: Wide Receiver
Unless they make a big splash with a trade to bring in a player like Anquan Boldin, the Giants are going to have to use their first rounder to grab a potential franchise wide receiver.
Right now, the team has Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon, Sinorice Moss, Mario Manningham, and David Tyree at wideout. They are all solid No. 2 and No. 3 wide receivers, but none could be the main target.
Luckily, with a receiver-rich draft on the way, the Giants should be able to make a solid find near the end of the first round.
Personally, I think the Giants would almost still be better off trading for a top-tier guy. A first-round rookie will not attract the double-teams that Burress did in 2009.
Team Need No. 2: Linebacker
The Giants addressed this position already by bringing in former Atlanta Falcons LB Michael Boley, but they could look to use one of their four first picks in grabbing a solid platoon 'backer.
Boley plays well on the outside, but with former LB Mathaias Kiwanuka moved back to the defensive end, the Giants could use another outside guy. They could go inside as well, seeing as how Antonio Pierce is moving on up in age.
Looking at the quality of prospects, the Giants would be wise to look outside early and then move inside as the draft moves into the later rounds.
Team Need 3: Tight End
The Giants won’t look to waste a high pick on a tight end, as incumbent starter Kevin Boss is clearly a guy that coach Tom Coughlin likes.
However, N.Y. has had extreme success running out of a single-back, two-tight end set as of late, and outside of Boss (who is a block-first, catch-second end), the talent on the roster at this position is a little shallow.
The Giants would benefit from grabbing a late-round flier in the mold of the former fifth rounder Boss himself. There are plenty of prospects available after the initial bunch of top-tier guys, and the Giants could develop any pick within the next year or so.
The Giants have many of the pieces necessary to make another deep Playoff run. The key will be to fix the wide receiver position, and after that, they must look to find a way to grab high-quality players who could have an impact, regardless of what round they are drafted in.