Feeling Drafty #19: New York Giants

April 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , , , )

New York has a scary defensive line, and they're led by New York Team MVP Justin Tuck

I’ll be perfectly honest with you.  The New York Giants defense scares the living hell out of me.  Through the first seven games of the season, the Giants injured five quarterbacks (Matt Moore, Jay Cutler, Todd Collins, Shaun Hill, and Tony Romo).  If I was an opposing quarterback facing the Giants, I would be running scared and taking a few dives.

I firmly believe that the Giants’ depth on their defensive line is the best depth at any position on any team.  Better than New Orleans at wide receiver.  Better than Oakland at running back. Better than the Jets at defensive back.  Better than Chicago at linebacker.  Better than Philadelphia at quarterback.  Better than any of them.  So maybe, now that the Giants have a defensive line that gives offensive linemen nightmares, maybe they can focus on something else?  Maybe?

Linebacker is possible, but it’s still a little too early for that, same for wide receiver and safety.  They could take the best player still on the board, but that would mean another freaking defensive lineman.  (Seriously guys, isn’t having Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Rocky Bernard, Chris Canty, Barry Cofield, and Jason Pierre-Paul enough for you people?)

The Giants need to sure up their offensive line. The best answer is Colorado OT Nate Solder.

Their biggest need, however, is at offensive tackle.  Eli Manning was running scared for most of the season.  He didn’t get injured, but it really shouldn’t have to come to that.  They need to grab Colorado OT Nate Solder.  Solder earned himself a 1st-team All-Big 12, had a very impressive Senior Bowl, and has cemented himself as one of the elite offensive linemen in this season’s draft.  However, he’s not THE elite offensive lineman in this season’s draft.  He fell a little bit, after questions were raised about whether or not he can handle faster rushers in the pros.  But, he is still an elite talent that won’t fall out of the first round.

The Giants are a pretty good team, who have just missed the playoffs in the last few games of the season for the last two years.  If they improve on their offensive line, they might be able to break through their ceiling and make next year’s playoffs.


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