To say the New York Giants had a disappointing 2013 season would be more than fair. Injuries and down seasons from important players was their undoing, and they will be eager to return to the playoffs in 2014. Eli Manning will need a return to form, but they could use some upgrades around him as well if they wish to get it done.
Who Should They Pick?: Manning turned the ball over far too much last season, and giving him more time to work should help with that. Taylor Lewan is a physical blocker who will excel as a pass blocker, and can play on the left or right side.
Who Will They Pick?: The Giants love their defensive line, and injuries on the line last year hurt. Having also lost Linval Joseph in free agency, Aaron Donald will be on their radar as his replacement at defensive tackle. Donald gives them another legitmate pass rusher up the middle.
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Backup Plan: UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr seems to be a better fit in a 3-4 defense, but the Giants need outside linebacker help, and could take the chance on him. He’s as talented as any player in the draft, but will need coached up, especially in coverage. He has value as a blitzer and situational pass rusher.
Darkhorse: If the Giants decide to address the defensive line, and Donald is already off the board, Kony Ealy could be their guy. He’s versatile enough to play inside or out, and could develop into an every-down player
Trade?: The Giants most likely stay where they are and make their own pick. Unless a player unexpectedly drops, prompting a team to try and trade up, this part of the draft is deep in talent, and teams won’t feel pressured to trade up.