2011 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants Draft Take

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants Draft Take
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The New York Giants put up a solid season in 2010, despite not making the playoffs. It may be looked at as a failure because they didn't reach the postseason, but the Giants will be contenders again in 2011. The offense, particularly Eli Manning, will need to cut down on their turnovers to become a more legitimate contender.

Manning had a very disappointing season, due to his 25 interceptions. He needs to work on his accuracy, but he still is a talented starter, as evidenced by his 31 touchdowns. Ahmad Bradshaw had a pretty productive season, but he needs to work on his ball security. He is a free agent currently, but I expect to see him back in New York next season.

The same may not be said for Brandon Jacobs, whose high salary may push him out of the Giants plans. The wide receiver group has a lot of talent and a lot of depth. Steve Smith’s health may be a question mark at the beginning of the season, but he and Hakeem Nicks form a solid starting receiver duo. 

Mario Manningham is a good deep threat, and Derek Hagan, Michael Clayton and Ramses Barden provide depth.  Kevin Boss is a solid tight end who is a free agent, but will most likely be back in 2011. 

The offensive line has some question marks, particularly at the tackle position. David Diehl may move to guard, and Kareem McKenzie is getting older so the long term stability of the tackle position is questionable. Chris Snee is a pro bowler at the other guard position, but Rich Seubert and Shaun O’Hara could be limited by injuries.

The defensive end position is still the strength of the team, with Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora as the starters. Jason Pierre-Paul has a lot of potential as pass rusher, and the depth will be great again if Mathias Kiwanuka is brought back. 

The defensive tackles played surprisingly well, especially Barry Cofield, but Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard provide solid depth. Jonathan Goff looked pretty solid in 2010, and I think that he has the middle linebacker spot locked down.

The outside linebacker positions are shaky, as Keith Bulluck is a free agent and he’ll most likely not be back in 2011. Neither Michael Boley nor Clint Sintim has locked down the other spot, so look for New York to bring in some competition. 

The cornerback position is pretty solid, with Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas as the starters and Aaron Ross in the nickel back role. 

Antrel Rolle performed pretty well as the starting free safety spot, after being the big free agent signing for the Giants. Kenny Phillips may have been affected by his microfracture surgery, but he should hold onto his starting spot over Deon Grant.

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