New York Giants' Post-Draft Wish List
Round 1 (No. 19): Syracuse OL Justin Pugh
Round 2 (No. 49): Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins
Round 3 (No. 81): Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore
Round 4 (No. 110, from Arizona): Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib
Round 5 (No. 152): Richmond S Cooper Taylor
Round 7 (No. 225): Ohio OG Eric Herman
Round 7 (No. 253): UMass RB Michael Cox
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Even though the draft is over, there is no team in the NFL, including the Giants, that still doesn't have areas on the roster that need to be addressed.
So, without further ado, here is the New York Giants post-draft wish list:
While the Giants added Michael Cox with their final selection (No. 253), I'm still not satisfied with Big Blue's depth at the position.
I love David Wilson, but I'm not sold on Andre Brown as his primary backup. Da'Rel Scott has shown flashes in the preseason, but it's the preseason. Ryan Torain showed flashes earlier in his career, but he is injury-prone.
Cox is a bruiser (6'3", 215), but is he good enough to crack the roster? That remains to be seen.
I think running back is a position that the Giants should closely monitor as we move closer to the start of the season. I wouldn't at all be surprised to see Big Blue add a veteran before the start of training camp, and I wouldn't discount the potential return of Ahmad Bradshaw, who was recently cleared to resume football activities.
The Giants have some definite quality at the wide receiver position.
Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are both studs capable of changing games on their lonesome. Rueben Randle has big-play ability, and Louis Murphy, when healthy, has proven to be a competent NFL receiver.
But I'm not sold on Jerrel Jernigan as the team's fifth option. He hasn't shown enough since entering the league in 2011 (three catches for 22 yards).
I'd like to see the Giants add a wide receiver or two before training camp opens.
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Although the Giants signed tight end Brandon Myers away from the Oakland Raiders and have last year's fourth-round pick, Adrien Robinson, waiting in the wings, I'd like the Giants to add another tight end.
With more and more teams trending into "12" personnel (two tight ends), it'd behoove the Giants to have two reliable, pass-catching options at the position.
Bear Pascoe is more of a blocker than a receiver, and while Robinson is a freakish talent, he hasn't produced on the field (zero catches in 2012).
I think Ohio State's Jake Stoneburner could be a good undrafted free-agent option for Big Blue.
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Perusing the depth chart at linebacker for the Giants is an exercise in frustration.
Keith Rivers, Dan Connor and Jacquian Williams as the starters? Yikes. That should make every Giants fan nervous.
While fans have been killing general manager Jerry Reese for not using one of the team's seven draft picks to select a linebacker, I'd preach caution in that regard.
Reese is one of the very best general managers in sports. The man knows what he's doing. For the Giants, the linebacker corps is the least important part of the defense.
With that being said, the depth of the position needs to be addressed. Look for the Giants to target a June 1 cut or one of the options still on the market (Karlos Dansby?).
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The Giants pass defense was wretched in 2012, finishing 28th overall. The secondary must be better in 2013.
General manager Jerry Reese took safety Cooper Taylor in Round 5, so I'd like the team to add another cornerback before the start of training camp.
While the team has a number of good players on the depth chart (Corey Webster, Aaron Ross, Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley), I'm not sold on the group as a whole.
I think Michigan State's Johnny Adams could make a lot of sense as a undrafted free agent.
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I'll admit it: I was a huge fan of former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes.
Tynes is arguably the greatest kicker in Giants history. He booted two NFC championship-winning field goals, both in overtime (against Green Bay in 2007 and San Francisco in 2011), and made two huge field goals against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI that kept the Giants in the game.
The problem with that? I don't think Brown is all that great, as he made only 21 of 28 tries in his last full season (2011 with St. Louis).
Brown isn't a bad kicker, but I believe the Giants can do better. They should certainly look to add competition for Brown as the team enters training camp.