Top 3 Giant Priorities in 2017 NFL Draft
With free agency underway, the New York Giants have already addressed some of the needs of their roster. First, Big Blue acquired wide-receiver Brandon Marshall who could hopefully be the big target Eli Manning needs in the red zone. The offensive line received some help when Right Guard DJ Fluker signed with the Giants. Also, the Giants spent big money to keep Jason Pierre-Paul in New York blue and white for the next four years. Yet with these transactions, there are still areas of improvement the Giants need on their roster.
The Giants offensive line has been rebuilding for the last four years and there are some solid pieces on the interior offensive line with Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg. Fluker, at this point, could be penciled in to be the right guard but tackle is still undecided entering for 2017. The main reason is the inconsistent play of Ereck Flowers at Left Tackle. The Giants first round pick in 2015 has struggled at times during the 2016 season and there have been outcries by the Giants faithful to move Flowers to Right Tackle. For that to occur Big Blue needs to find a better fit than Flowers at Left Tackle before any move to the right side. Left Tackle is a premier position on the offensive line and if the Giants are going to find a solid replacement for Flowers in the draft the G-men will most likely have to spend their first-round pick to get the Left Tackle Big Blue desires.
Eli Manning has been the quarterback for over a decade but during his tenure at quarterback Manning had very good tight ends but not a dramatic playmaker at tight end. One prospect that some Giant followers are drooling over is OJ Howard tight-end from Alabama. The Giants wide-receiver core can be one of the best in the NFL with Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Brandon Marshall. Throw into the mix a game breaker at tight-end like Howard and Big Blue could have the most dynamic offense in the NFL. The only question will be if Howard is available at 23 and will the Giants prioritize a tackle over a tight-end in the first round.
Pass Rushing Defensive End
In 2005, many were in shock when with their third round pick the New York Giants selected Justin Tuck. At the time, Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora were steadfast playing defensive end for the G-men. Yet as the story would unfold this selection was one of the best selections in Giants history. Tuck became a vital cog for two Super Bowl winning teams and when Michael Strahan retired after the 2007 Big Blue already had their replacement for Strahan under contract. In the modern NFL where every rule is seemed to favor the offensive a dominant pass rushing defensive can neutralize the best quarterback in the league in the biggest game. And with two young quarterbacks in Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz in their division, the Giants will need a game-changing defensive end to contend in their division.