New York Giants: Should They Draft Another Wide Receiver?


I’m sure by now you’ve probably read your fair share of mock drafts all across the internet. When it comes to the New York Giants, many options will present themselves once they are actually on the clock and have to decide who to make their first overall pick with the No. 9 selection. With needs still on their offensive line, pass rush and defensive secondary, could the Giants actually go with yet another wide receiver in the 1st Round?

Last year in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Giants drafted Odell Beckham Jr. with their No. 12 overall pick and boy, did they get their next superstar of the franchise in their decision. Needless to say, Beckham turned out to be a real gem and lived up to the hype and then some.

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There is no doubt in my mind that Beckham will indeed be the next big thing on the Giants for years to come. He will end up being quite the contributor on offense because he has yet to reach his potential which is pretty scary to think about.

I’m sure the Giants are probably somewhat worried that wide receiver Victor Cruz might not be the same again due to his devastating knee injury. It’s a harsh reality to comprehend but there is that slight chance that Cruz could digress and not be the same player we are all so use to seeing.

With that being said, the Giants have done their best to bolster their wide receiving corps while also keeping some familiar faces in the mix. Rueben Randle, Preston Parker, and Corey Washington are all on the rise and could step up to the occasion should Cruz show decline come next season.

Even with veteran Kevin Ogletree in the mix, the Giants when I think about it are pretty stacked at wide receiver. I’ve never been a fan of committing so many resources into one position, especially through the draft when it’s best to add talent to key areas that need upgrades.

While most teams should stick to building through the draft, the Giants shouldn’t actually draft another wide receiver this year. I think it would be a waste since they have so many other pressing needs besides adding another wide receiver to sit behind many on the depth chart.

Nov 1, 2014; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Kevin White (11) makes a catch prior to the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

What if Cruz returns better than ever? What if Randle actually goes off  in 2015 and becomes a surprise threat on offense? You never know what could happen but considering the Giants have a ton of receivers at their disposal, including the speedy Dwayne Harris they just got through free agency, they don’t need another first-round draft pick spent at wide receiver.

In my opinion, the Giants should go with either the best offensive lineman available or the best pass rusher available at the 2015 NFL Draft. Either decision I’d be happy with but to waste it on a wide receiver, even if it’s someone like Amari Cooper or Kevin White, should be avoided, even if they fall that low in the draft.

Heck, I’d even be happy if they got the top safety or even cornerback for depth purposes on defense. Since Antrel Rolle left the Giants via free agency this offseason, he will leave a void that will need to be addressed sooner than later.

Overall, I think it would be a big mistake if the Giants went wide receiver with their first-round selection. It would be better to infuse their offensive line or bolster their pass rush with talent that only a first-round pick could provide. Otherwise, drafting a wide receiver means he will get buried behind others that are more proven and reliable to get the job done next season.

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