Yesterday we discussed quarterbacks in the upcoming draft from a Giants perspective (in other words, no Bradford, Tebow or Clausen references). Today, in our ascent towards the team’s most pressing need in this draft, we look at the position the Giants have focused on in free agency:
Yes, there is still a huge question mark on Kenny Phillips. Everyone says he’s right on track for recovery, but that means very little at this point. So the Giants added Antrel Rolle to the position and they brought in veteran Deon Grant who has always been a starter. If Phillips is able to roll, he’ll be starting with Rolle. If not, they have Grant. They’ve essentially parted ways with C.C. Brown and have gotten rid of Aaron Rouse. That leaves Michael Johnson in the mix and after starting the last few years he might be hard-pressed to even make the team this season. Remember that the Giants also have Aaron Ross to play a little safety. That would give them quite a few guys flying around in the turnover-focused Perry Fewell defense. They wouldn’t have a real thumper, though. The Giants might be looking to grab another safety in the draft because Grant won’t be around for long and Phillips might never get back to the star-is-born level he played at in the first two games of 2009.
Some names to look at:
Chad Jones (LSU), Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (Indiana (Pa.)), Kurt Coleman (Ohio State), Lucien Antoine (Oklahoma State).
Tomorrow in our position-by-position breakdowns: RECEIVERS.