The 2012 New York Giants have been riddled with injuries—the main reason they currently stand at 6-6.
While the Giants have played the most brutal stretch of schedule in the NFL, their lack of ability on the OL, DL and LB core have led to their recent stretch of five straight losses.
For next season, it is imperative that the Giants upgrade the linebacker core, the offensive line and the defensive line. The Giants live on the pass rush and running play, two areas that have now become their weakness. They currently rank 32nd in yards per game at 83.8, and also rank 32nd in yards per carry at 3.3.
The blame in this category can be put upon three sources: OL play, RB play and Kevin Kill Drive. Even though the RB play of Bradshaw and Jacobs have been disappointing this year, a majority of the blame must fall upon the absolute horrendous run blocking and playcalling of Kevin Kill Drive.
I swear to God if I see one more HB misdirection with Brandon Jacobs on a 3rd-and-1, I will kill him.
Unfortunately, the defense seems to be playing just as badly as the running game. What has led to the 28th ranked scoring defense has been the lackluster pass rush of the defensive line, and inexperience and horrible play of the linebacker core. Injuries to both Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora have been catastrophic to the Giants, especially coupled with the injury of rookie DT Marvin Austin.
The only player that has stepped up in this time is DE Jason Pierre Paul, an absolute monster in only his second year of play. But Paul cannot carry the DL by himself. With the lack of a consistent pass rush, the LBs have had to cover for longer and longer durations of times, with the result of a complete exposure of their lack of ability.
If the Giants want to compete in the NFC East next season, Jerry Reese will have to make considerable upgrades in the draft.
In this draft I will look at the first three rounds of 2012 NFL mock draft.