New York Giants' Pre-Draft Depth Chart
The current projected depth chart has been color-coded. Those in blue are solid contributors who are worthy of their current roles, those in green could be upgraded upon or are still question marks and those in red must be either replaced or demoted.
It should also be noted that this chart (along with three unmentioned special-teamers) would give the Giants 55 players. Thus, in addition to replacing some of these players with draft picks, at least two will have to be cut outright. Expect a bunch of the fat to be trimmed on defense, where there is quite a lot of red and green.
The biggest question pertains to the right tackle spot, which is currently filled by dinosaur David Diehl. He needs to be replaced by either a draft pick, free agent, Sean Locklear or James Brewer. We'll see if Brewer can emerge this spring, and we'll see how Locklear's recovery from a torn ACL progresses.
Apart from that, the Giants offense is pretty much locked in.
The defensive line reminds me of Philadelphia's from last spring not only because it contains two former Eagles, but also because it is loaded with potential contributors. There wouldn't have been any room left on the chart had Osi Umenyiora and Chris Canty returned.
That doesn't mean the Giants are in good shape up front; quantity doesn't equal quality in this case. Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson join the fray after being cast aside by the Eagles, Justin Trattou and Markus Kuhn return from injured reserve, Adewale Ojomo has never played an NFL snap and Marvin Austin has yet to do much in his two years in the league.
That's why it's easy to understand why they'd move Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end despite the fact it thins out the linebacking corps, which already lost two starters in Chase Blackburn and Michael Boley.
What it all boils down to is this: They could still use quality additions to the entire front seven. And with Kenny Phillips gone and Corey Webster a big question mark after a terrible 2012 campaign, the secondary needs help, too.
The focus of this draft has to be on the defense. If Keith Rivers and Dan Connor are seriously going to start, they need support, and the pass rush is desperate for help now that Umenyiora is gone.
We'll monitor how they do this week and get back to you with an updated depth chart breakdown once the draft is done.
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