Report: New York Giants Likely Moving Mathias Kiwanuka Back to DE in 2013

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IMarch 27, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants walks on the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Osi Umenyiora is as good as gone from the Giants.

He's currently negotiating with the Atlanta Falcons on a potential deal, which will leave a void in the defensive line for next season.

According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN, the Giants are preparing to move Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end in 2013.

Dan Benton from Giants 101 also confirmed that the Giants are making the move, which was based off of Youngmisuk's report on ESPN.

New York Giants "Likely" to Move Mathias Kiwanuka Back to Full-Time DE? #giants #nyg #nygiants #nfl

— Giants 101 (@Giants_101) March 27, 2013

Kiwanuka came up as a defensive end with the Giants in 2006 but was moved to linebacker in 2011 to get another pass-rusher and athletic body on the field.

Moving Kiwanuka back to defensive end for next season is the right move to make for the Giants, as he is better suited to play end instead of outside linebacker.

As a linebacker, Kiwanuka was decent and got by because he was very athletic. But he's better as a pass-rusher and gives the Giants another great option on the defensive line.

Even though the Giants will likely lose Umenyiora to Atlanta, they still get a proven pass-rusher back where is supposed to be.

The Giants will probably still look to draft a defensive end in next month's NFL draft, as Justin Tuck is coming up on a make-or-break season for Big Blue.

The defensive line struggled in 2012 due to injuries, opposing offensive lines double-teaming Jason Pierre-Paul and because the secondary struggled even worse, which didn't allow the Giants line to get enough pressure on the quarterback.

The 30-year-old Kiwanuka has 30 career sacks with three interceptions in 61 career starts for the Giants and was the team's first round pick back in the 2006 NFL draft out of Boston College.

Like I said before, even with Umenyiora's departure, the team is still gaining a strength by putting Kiwanuka back where he really should have been all along.

And with that, he'll make the Giants defense better in 2013.