Welcome to first-round territory. We have three positions left, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Giants took a player from any of these positions with their first pick in the draft on Thursday night. We’ll get into offensive linemen and linebackers in the next two days, but first we start off with:
We know, we know. You can never have too many pass rushers. And when the Giants selected Mathias Kiwanuka with their first-round pick (after trading down to the bottom of the round) they already had a stacked position with Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora and some kid named Justin Tuck.
Now they have Tuck, Osi and Kiwanuka as a strong three at defensive end (not to mention Clint Sintim, whom the Giants believe can be a strong pass rusher). At tackle they have Chris Canty, who is still a bit of an unknown as far as getting comfortable in the middle, along with Barry Cofield who is a year removed from recovering from knee surgery and Jay Alford who is in the process of recovering from knee surgery.
There are a lot of intriguing names to consider here, many of which will be around for the 15th pick and will probably be around if the Giants want to trade down and do a Kiwi redux. With business blurring the futures of Osi and Kiwanuka as Giants, having a young defensive end in the mix might make it easier to make hard decisions a few months down the road. Plus, considering the veterans there now, they can afford to invest in a project, especially one with a hyphenated last name.
Some names to look at:
DEs: Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech), Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida), Adrian Tracy (William & Mary), Mitch Unrein (Wyoming).
DTs: Dan Williams (Tennessee), Cam Thomas (North Carolina), Brian Price (UCLA).
Tomorrow in our position-by-position breakdowns: OFFENSIVE LINE.