The New York Giants obviously have plenty of draft needs being a 6-10 team. There are a number of positions in which they desperately need to get better which boil down to three main priorities heading into the 2015 NFL Draft:
Priority 1: Defensive Front 7
If you have a strong front 7 it can cover up problems in the back end of your defense. The Giants gave up too many yards on the ground to be successful. The pass rush was sometimes spectacular but too often was nowhere to be found. They need to get bigger and quicker at the linebacker position.
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The defensive line is not horrible but they need to infuse some youth and depth. Cullen Jenkins for example is just a Band-Aid at the position, not a long term answer on the defensive line. Johnathan Hankins shows a lot of promise.
The front 7 in general needs help but there is talent on the defensive line especially if they keep Jason Pierre-Paul. Some young talent drafted straight into the front 7 would help with depth and adding another dimension on defense.
Priority 2: Defensive Backs
The Giants need to be better in the back end of their defense as well. The secondary was awful this past season. The Giants need better safeties. The whole Quintin Demps, Stevie Brown flipping thing is not working. The Giants do not have a dominating cornerback or even one that invokes a little fear when throwing to his side.
There is much work to be done this offseason on the defense. It may start up front but the job won’t be complete without helping the secondary. If the Giants don’t fill this need via free agency, they should draft the top cornerback available in the first-round to address this issue.
Priority 3: Another Play-Maker on Offense
The Giants have two good targets in Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz (assuming he comes back well). Larry Donnell is a reliable tight end despite his fumbling problems. If the Giants add one more piece to the offense they will be really hard to stop.
It could be a running back to add an element of power to the offense, a tight end to compliment Donnell or a slot receiver more productive than Rueben Randle. If the Giants add another weapon to their already potent offense via the draft, defenses will not be able to key on any one match up.
Finally, just so it is clear, the offensive line was problematic last year but it came on strong in the second half of the season. With Geoff Schwartz back, the line will be dramatically improved.
With young linemen in the mix like Pugh and Richburg the line is promising looking towards 2015. The Giants should add another offensive lineman in the later rounds for depth purposes.