When Jerry Reese took over for Ernie Accorsi and became the New York Giants general manager a few years ago, one of his main goals was to make sure he put a good effort into the NFL Draft.
In the 2007 draft, most of Reese's selections, including Aaron Ross, Kevin Boss, and Ahmad Bradshaw, all made significant contributions to a Super Bowl championship. Even in the 2008 and 2009 drafts, Reese made big splashes with choices like Kenny Phillips, Terrell Thomas, and Hakeem Nicks.
Coming off of a disappointing 2009 campaign, the Giants have many question marks at various positions on both sides of the ball entering the 2010 season.
New York hasn't truly set their eyes on the one player that they definitely want to draft, so here are some choices the Giants can look into.
Rolando McClain (6'4", 256 lbs.)—Middle Linebacker, Alabama
With the Giants having the 15th overall pick in the first round, the possibility of drafting Alabama's stud middle linebacker Rolando McClain is slim to none.
McClain is projected to be a late top 10 choice, which may be a heart-breaker for the Giants, who are a few spots below that.
McClain, who led his Crimson Tide to a BCS National Championship, could be the perfect player for the Giants.
The Giants' current middle linebacker and defensive leader Antonio Pierce is coming off a serious neck injury in 2009, and isn't getting any younger. McClain would fit in perfectly to replace Pierce, and would be just fine stepping into his shoes.
If the Giants do become very interested in drafting McClain, Reese should have no problem pulling some strings and moving up on the board.
C.J. Spiller (5'11", 195 lbs.)—Runningback, Clemson
When looking at the Giants runningback depth chart, it seems as though gaining another runningback would not be the right move.
Clemson's C.J. Spiller might have to change that mindset for Reese and the rest of the Giants' drafting team.
Although Brandon Jacobs is still the workhorse for New York, 2009 was not the best of years for him. He was tip-toeing through many open holes, and it didn't seem like he was running with the same physical presence that he had in his first couple of seasons.
Ahmad Bradshaw has been showing that he has the breakthrough ability, but problems holding onto the football, having two bad ankles, and off the field problems has caused reasons for concern. Danny Ware doesn't have the ability to be the No. 1 guy for the Giants, and Andre Brown, a 2009 draft pick from North Carolina State, had a serious injury in training camp and his ability to recover is in question.
With a lot of doubt floating around the Giants' runningbacks, Spiller may fit quite well with the team. He provides that break-away speed, but can also catch the ball out of the backfield, which has been hurting the Giants in the screen and short pass game.
Brian Price (6'2", 300 lbs.)—Defensive Tackle, UCLA
Over the past couples of years, it seems that all the Giants have been doing is bringing in more and more defensive linemen.
During the 2009 offseason, New York brought in Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard from the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks, respectively. Both players seem to fit in perfectly on paper, but too many injuries in the beginning of the season shot down any chance of solid production.
Aside from them, New York has been going with the combination of Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield over the past couple of seasons. The two provide great chemistry together, but again, injuries have weakened their productivity and power.
Brian Price can stop any questions that surround the interior defensive line.
Price, who provides excellent power and strength, can be the solid, lock-down defensive tackle that most great defenses have.
New York's defensive line is very good as it is right now, and the addition of Price would just make it that much better.
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