Resetting the New York Giants' Draft Board

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMarch 26, 2013

Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA;  Brigham Young linebacker Ziggy Ansah speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants haven't been able to be major players in free agency this year, but that's not unusual for them anyway. The Giants like to stay quiet in March and build in April. So with March coming to an end and April getting underway, now's a great time to make some tweaks to our Giants draft board (see the original here).

The Giants lost several 2012 starters but appear to have replacements ready to go in most of those vacated spots. Stevie Brown should step in for Kenny Phillips, Dan Connor might relieve Chase Blackburn, Cullen Jenkins is there to take over for Chris Canty, Jacquian Williams has got Michael Boley's spot, Brandon Myers was signed to replaced Martellus Bennett and David Wilson should be able to man the backfield with Ahmad Bradshaw gone.

But Osi Umenyiora isn't easy to replace and Justin Tuck isn't the same player he used to be, leaving the Giants in desperate need of a quality pass-rusher who can complement Jason Pierre-Paul. 

With that in mind, the primary focus of our first-round draft board is on defensive ends, with defensive tackles, defensive backs and offensive tackles taking a back seat. 

At this stage, I feel strongly that Ansah, Trufant, Vaccaro, Richardson and probably Johnson will be gone, making Werner my top choice in that scenario. With him gone, I would reluctantly go with Montgomery over the super-athletic Rhodes with Moore as an insurance policy if all fails. 

Really, though, if it came down to those last two guys I would probably be trading down. 

As much as Ansah feels like a perfect fit opposite Pierre-Paul, I don't know if anyone is worth trading up to grab. There's a very good chance at least one pass rusher will be there at 19, and we all know it's usually a crapshoot with those guys in the first round.

I don't have any linebackers on the list because a) I feel strongly that Williams can become a valued starter and don't think Mathias Kiwanuka needs replacing yet, and b) I'm not a fan of drafting linebackers in Round 1. I really feel as though it's easier to find non-pass-rushing linebackers later or elsewhere. 

Thoughts? Leave a comment.