Uncommon Dilemma: Why New Yorks' Third-Round Pick is so Intriguing

Kyle McMorrow@@Kyle_McMorrowCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  Kirk Morrison #52 of the Oakland Raiders warms up before their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Perhaps the most pressing issue the New York Giants face is the one they havn't done anything about, the gaping hole at middle linebacker.

The man who used to man the middle is no longer apart of Big Blue, leaving New York voiceless and talentless at one of the most important positions on the field.

With possible candidates such as Gary Brackett and Karlos Dansby already off the market, the New York Giants must now decide how they can best fill their need at middle linebacker; whether that's through free agency or the draft is up to General Manager Jerry Reese and Co. 

In either route, the key to finding the solution lye's within an unlikely place; the Giants' third-round draft choice.

Earlier this week, Oakland Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison was given a third-round tender, and appears to be no longer apart of the Raiders future.

In four of his five years at Oakland, Morrison lead his team in tackles, including a stellar 2009 campaign where he racked up 133 tackles, two sacks, and eight fumble recoveries.

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Since beginning his career in 2005, Morrison has never dipped below 115 tackles for a season, and has proven to be a durable player.

Although Morrison is solid in many ways, he has been questionable against the run, and leading a team like the Oakland Raiders in defensive stats is nothing to celebrate about.

However, the Giants could choose to package their third-round choice with their first, or perhaps something else, in order to move up in the draft and nab arguably the best linebacker in Rolando McClain.

The drawback here is nothing is ever guaranteed in the draft, and starting a rookie at middle linebacker in a city like New York could eat a kid whole.

Whether New York plans to use the pick in the draft, trade it, package it, or steal a defensive gem from another team, like the Jets did with Antonio Cromartie, the Giants must make a significant move in order to stay relevant in a league where one bad year could cost you everything.