The New York Giants have needs all over the place on defense, but this team knows very well that the key to surviving on that side of the ball is putting together a consistently dangerous pass rush.
And so with Osi Umenyiora all but gone and Justin Tuck's career fading, it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that more than half of the players we believe the G-Men should target in Round 1 of the 2013 NFL draft are defensive linemen who can get pressure on the opposing quarterback.
With the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine out of the way, here's our updated breakdown of those six players, along with two offensive tackles and two cornerbacks who would also be nice fits with the Giants.
Yes, the Giants also need linebackers, but pass-rushers have to take precedence in Round 1. They'd be smart to load up on potential linebackers in later rounds after addressing their needs for D-linemen and cornerbacks earlier.
I'm not convinced offensive tackle is that great a need. If need be, Sean Lockear can hold it down in 2013, but there are also going to be plenty of options on the free-agent market. The Giants don't have a lot of money to spend, but the watered-down market should cause prices to decrease. I've listed two starting-caliber OTs above, but I really think Big Blue's focus has to be on defensive linemen and corners.
Safety could emerge as a need if Kenny Phillips isn't brought back, but they have Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown and Will Hill, so I definitely don't think a first-round pick should be used on that position.
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