New York Giants: Reviewing Big Blue's 5 Biggest Scouting Combine Takeaways
We're about a good two months away from the NFL Draft.
Over the last five days though, NFL head coaches, scouts and team executives were all in Indianapolis for the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in preparation for April.
All 32 teams have their needs and know what kind of players they would like to add for the 2013 season.
For the New York Giants, both Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese know what their team needs.
Most Giants fans know what the needs are for the 9-7 team that finished in second place and out of the postseason following a year where they won the Super Bowl.
Positions such as linebacker, offensive line and cornerback are all needs the Giants will be focusing on and should look to draft come April.
What things did the Giants likely take away from this week's combine?
Manti Te'o Isn't Worth the Hassle
I've been debating on whether or not Manti Te'o would be a wise investment for the Giants to look into.
After watching him at the combine on Monday, I'm going to have to say no.
I don't know if it was nerves, stress or if he just wasn't ready, but Te'o just wasn't that impressive.
Even in the linebacker drills, Te'o's motions just looked awful.
B/R's NFL writer, Jesse Reed broke down exactly what went wrong with Te'o at the combine in his drills on Monday.
I know linebacker is a major need for the Giants, but honestly, unless Te'o drastically improves over the next two months to the point of can't-miss status, I think Jerry Reese passes on the Notre Dame linebacker.
Cornelius Washington Is a Name Worth Remembering
While Manti Te'o looked awful in front of everyone at the combine, one linebacker that might have been under the radar looked impressive.
Cornelius Washington of the University of Georgia showed off his speed in the 40-yard dash along with his strength in the bench press.
Before the combine, Washington was likely going to be anywhere from the fifth round all the way down to the seventh round and maybe even potentially going undrafted.
With his strong efforts at Indianapolis, I think Washington's stock definitely rose in a lot of people's eyes.
I don't think he'll be a first or second rounder, but taking him in the third or fourth round could be a possibility.
With the Giants' need for a linebacker and also with the need to replenish their pass rushers, Washington could be a middle-round type pick that Jerry Reese could look to add to his defense in 2013.
Dion Jordan Impressed at Indy
The defensive line of the Giants was a major disappointment; we all know this.
It was a major reason why the Giants didn't get back to the playoffs and was a key reason why the defense ended up struggling for a lot of the year in 2012.
Osi Umenyiora is likely not coming back to the Giants, and Jerry Reese could look to draft a young player to take his spot.
Oregon's Dion Jordan impressed a lot of the scouts in attendance at Indianapolis on Monday, and one of the people that scouted his 40-yard dash was Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, something you can see in fellow B/R writer Rob Goldberg's coverage of the Combine.
NFL Network's Mike Mayock said Jordan looks very similar to San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith.
You have to wonder if Jordan's stock has risen as a result of the combine and if he could be a higher draft pick now.
And if so, would he get to the No. 19 spot of the Giants?
Tyler Eifert Could Be an Option If Martellus Bennett Leaves
It's no sure thing that Martellus Bennett will be back in 2013.
After signing a one-year deal, the Giants' tight end had a solid first season as a starting tight end and proved he could be a reliable option.
Although he has said he would like to remain a Giant, I'm sure there are other teams who could look into adding Bennett as well.
If he does leave, the Giants could look to add a tight end, although they do have Adrien Robinson from last year's draft.
Jerry Reese could gamble and look to take Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert in one of the earlier rounds.
In Ryan Riddle's Winners and Losers from the combine story, he listed Eifert as a winner, because he impressed everyone at Indianapolis.
The tight end spot isn't a position that the Giants have to draft at in April, but Eifert could be a name the Giants consider if Bennett bolts out of town.
Eric Fisher Could Make a Solid Impact
Offensive line is a serious need for the Giants in 2013.
Three of their starters, Will Beatty, Kevin Boothe and Sean Locklear, are all free agents, and David Diehl is a candidate to be released for salary cap reasons.
The Giants are in a serious need to upgrade their offensive line, especially at the tackle positions.
With all eyes on potential No. 1 pick Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M, one other tackle may have out-shined him at the combine.
You might not know the name Eric Fisher yet, but after this week's combine, he got a lot of scouts' and coaches' attentions by impressing with his strength and athleticism.
I still think Joeckel will be in the top five of the draft, but I think Fisher's stock really rose enough to the point where a team like the Giants could look to take him in the first round come April.