The Giants probably will get Rolando McClain at linebacker because of the releasing of Antonio Pierce. However, in my mock draft I had McClain going to Kansas City instead before his draft stock took a fall, and I intend to follow my mock through the end.
If McClain is not on the board, the Giants will need to draft a defensive player that can help take them back to the dominant force they were at the end of 2007 in the playoffs where they won Super Bowl XLII over the highly favored New England Patriots.
I say defense because they are set at offense. They have good running backs, a very good quarterback, talented wide receivers, an effective tight end, and some Pro Bowl offensive linemen. They are a good team offensively; it was ineffective defensive coaching and bad play that caused the giants to miss the playoffs.
They were 30th in defense with 427 points allowed and 8th in offense with 402 points scored. That’s all the proof you need to know that defense is a must in this draft.
They have needs at all three parts of the defense. A safety or corner back can be upgraded. Since Antonio Pierce has been released, the middle linebacker spot is now a position of need, and defensive tackle Fred Robbins left via free agency to go to the Rams, and Chris Canty has been a disappointment at defensive tackle.
New York is addicted to the pass rush though. That defensive line was the reason they won the Super Bowl against the Patriots. They have the defensive ends to do the job, but the tackles in between them have to at least be effective at keeping the offensive tackles away from the ends.
As much as I like their defensive tackles: Barry Cofield, Jay Alford, and Rocky Bernard; I don’t believe they are the solution to the problem, so I think they’ll draft Penn State defensive tackle, Jared Odrick.
Odrick is just your textbook defensive lineman. He’s a guy who is constantly double teamed or else he’ll crush you in the long run. Very good awareness, he doesn’t give up on the play easily. I like his motor; I like his versatility at being able to play in both the 3-4 and 4-3.
He’s a bit of a reach at this pick, so New York could draft a corner back like Kyle Wilson out of Boise State, but they need a defensive tackle tremendously, and Jared Odrick’s the best one on the board right now at 15.
I look at film and teams put all their efforts into blocking him because he’s dangerous. He recorded 43 total tackles (17 solo, 26 assists), 11 tackles for a loss of 72 yards, seven sacks, and broke up a pass in 2009.
Penn State has always been consistent at making good football players, so I think that it isn’t a tremendous risk to draft Jared Odrick at 15.