As the New York Giants slog to the finish along with the Dallas Cowboys battling for the NFC East title, it’s not too soon to start looking ahead to April’s draft and addressing some of the glaring needs that have plagued Big Blue during the 2011 season.
There are five positions I believe to be crucial to the improvement of the Giants in 2012. Two of those are along the offensive line and three are on the back end of the defense. Given New York will be, at best, drafting from the middle of the pack, the obvious suspects that sit atop various draft boards already won’t be around when the Giants pick somewhere in the high teens or early 20s. So for Giants fans dreaming of getting offensive tackle Matt Kalil out of Southern California, well, you won’t be seeing that particular projection here.
While it’s possible the Giants could look to trade up to get someone, I don’t think it’s likely because that hasn’t been the pattern established by general manager Jerry Reese. However, Big Blue has done a decent job of finding value from wherever they have picked, landing gems such as defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the late stages of Round 1.
So, in no particular order, here are the five positions where the Giants need the most help and who may still be available at that position when the Giants draft in the lower half of the first round.