With free agency winding down and not much news to report on, I will begin discussing the 2008 Giants NFL Draft.
I think the Giants will address the following areas:
1. Defensive tackle
2. Wide receiver
4 Offensive tackle
In his most recent mock draft, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks thinks the Giants will select Penn State linebacker Dan Conner for their first round pick.
Additionally, John Fennelly, on Blogging the Giants blog, thinks the G-Men should select a linebacker too. On the contrary, I do not think the Giants will pick a linebacker with their first round selection. I think they will draft a cornerback, offensive tackle, or defensive tackle.
Right now, I will focus on the first round pick.
*Defensive Tackle* - Looking at a current depth chart, I noticed the Giants look thin at defensive tackle. In addition, I think the Giants' tackles have trouble fighting off blocks, when it comes to teams that have behemoth offensive lines, i.e. Dallas Cowboys.
I think the Giants' best defensive tackle is Fred Robbins. Robbins is 31 years old. Even though he is under contract until 2010, I think the Giants will use a pick this year to find his replacement.
*Cornerback* - Currently, the NFL is a passing league. I think a team needs quantity and quality in the defensive backfield. I think there is no secret the Giants want to upgrade in this area.
Before DeAngelo Hall became a Raider, the Giants were interested in his services. Hall is young (24 years old) and a proven two time All-Pro.
Despite playing well all year, Giants' starter Sam Madison is 34 years old. So, I think this year will be his last as a Giant. Even though his contract runs through 2010, I think the Giants will be selecting his replacement this year.
Aaron Ross is as solid as the other starter. Fortunately, Corey Webster shined at the end of the year and in the playoffs. However, I think he has to prove he can play an entire season, at a high level. Therefore, because of age and uncertainty, I think the Giants may select a cornerback with their first round pick.
*Offensive tackle* - With Giants offensive line coach, Pat Flaherty, visiting Boston College to look at an offensive tackle, the Giants are looking to add depth to their offensive line. On the other hand, this could be a smoke screen.
The Giants may want teams to know they are interested in this area, but are really looking to select for another position. I think the Giants are young rght now and very good along the offensive line.
I think they have trouble against bigger and athletic defensive lines. Take for example, the Super Bowl game against the Patriots. I think the Patriots have one of the best lines in the game. Seymour, Wolfolk, and Warren are outstanding. The Giants had trouble moving these guys. Look at the stats, the Giants were only able to get 91 yards rushing. During the season, the Giants were 4th in the NFL in yards rushing. (2148 rushing yards).
I think, if their is a weakness along the line, it is the left side. David Diehl a former guard switched from right tackle to left tackle. If I'm not mistaken, Diehl committed only two penalties all year. According to Andy, at Ultimate New York Giants blog, Diehl allowed 14.5 sacks.
Moreover, if you view the video on my blog, which I titled "Manning's Moment", the pass rush was coming from the Patriots right side. At times, Diehl and Seubert had trouble handling New England's pressure. Nonetheless, because they want to improve and repeat as champions, the Giants may select an offensive tackle with their first round pick.
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