Missed Opportunities Make New York Giants Fans Blue in the Face

Kyle McMorrowCorrespondent IApril 24, 2010

DENVER - NOVEMBER 26:  Giants fans were looking blue as the Denver Broncos defeated the New York Giants during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 26, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Giants 26-6.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Without question, the New York Giants have had one of the most tumultuous and roller coaster offseasons Big Blue has ever seen.

Between coaching changes, Antonio Pierce's release, and Osi Umenyiora's retirement/trade talk, the Giant faithful have bit the bullet in hopes of brighter days. Unfortunately, the 2010 draft was the final straw before the questions would start.


Round 1: Jason Pierre-Paul

Allow me to warn you before I sound off on the Giants first-round pick, I have watched as many USF games as I have Real Housewives episodes; that means zero in case you were wondering.

The knock against Pierre is not his talent, as I've learned from video footage and multiple reports; it’s his lack of need and rawness that strikes a cord.

Unless the New York Giants are holding their intentions for Osi Umenyiora close to the vest, drafting a defensive end in the first round was not only a Giant risk, but one that kept them from drafting for need.

Still on the board as the Giants picked 15 overall was linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, and defensive tackles Dan Williams and Brian Price.

It's no secret the Giants needed defensive tackle help with the departure of Fred Robbins and Chris Canty's disappointing 2009 season, so why the need to draft a position where your rotation at the defensive end is one of the best in the NFL?

The move baffles the mind and hurts the soul as many fans tried to find a way to deal with it and hope that round two would be better.


Round 2: Linval Joseph

As round two rolled around, the New York Giants need at defensive tackle and linebacker were still areas to be addressed.

The Giants addressed the defensive line position, but was it really the better move? 

Instead of drafting fellow defensive tackle Terrance Cody, or middle linebackers such as Brandon Spikes and Sean Lee, who both later went in the second round, the Giants picked perhaps the most least qualified of the group in Joseph.

Understandably, New York needed help on the D-line, but with two full-of-potential middle linebackers staring you in the face, how could you pass on it?


Round 3: Chad Jones

This will be short and sweet-ANOTHER SAFETY!

The Giants went from being the most depleted at the position to the most stacked, but what is the most troubling is that if the Giants were planning on going for a safety at some point in the draft; why not nab Taylor Mays back in round two when you had the chance?

But perhaps Giants fans should have seen this coming. After all, haven’t the Giants been passing on opportunities all offseason?

Think back to a couple of weeks ago when thoughts of nabbing Karlos Dansby or Kirk Morrison to occupy the middle linebacker spot filled the heads of every Giants fan around the nation. 

Now, both are off the table, and perhaps every other possible solution to the gaping hole that seems to grow bigger with every second the Giants fail to answer the middle linebacker question.

But hey, in Reese we trust right?