New York Giants' Biggest Needs in Free Agency and NFL Draft

Max Staley
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The New York Giants are one of the most confusing teams in football. One moment, they look committed to rebuilding. The next, it seems like they are intent upon building around Eli Manning and contending as soon as possible.

As things currently stand, the Giants are a rudderless organization without a defined plan, or any blue-chip prospect outside of Saquon Barkley. And like most 5-11 teams, the Giants have plenty of needs on both sides of the ball.

Whether their general manager Dave Gettleman knows it or not, the Giants' biggest need is a plan at quarterback. Manning's best days have likely been behind him since 2016, and New York needs to find his replacement soon.

The Giants passed on a ton of talented signal callers in last season's NFL Draft, opting to go with Saquon instead. Now that the Giants are equipped with two first-round picks, including the No. 6 overall pick, they shouldn't make the same mistake twice.

Kyler Murray will likely be off the board by the time the Giants are on the clock, but New York has other options. Even though Dwayne Haskins' stock is falling, he could be a great pick at No. 6. Or the Giants could wait and hope someone like West Virginia's Will Grier or Missouri's Drew Lock slips to No. 17.

However, the Giants' best course of action would be to trade for the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback, Josh Rosen. Packaging some mid-round picks for Rosen could allow New York to bolster its roster with talented prospects, and the Giants are flushed with picks after trading away Odell Beckham Jr.

Part of the reason Rosen was so ineffective with the Cardinals was their disastrous offensive line, and regardless of whether or not the Giants acquire Rosen, they would be wise to continue upgrading that unit. New York traded for guard Kevin Zeitler from the Cleveland Browns, so they will likely opt to upgrade this unit through the draft, not free agency.

The sixth overall pick is a little rich for the offensive line prospects in this draft, but should be plenty of talent available at No. 17. NC State's Garrett Bradbury would insantly upgrade the interior of the offensive line, but the Giants primarily need help at right tackle. New York missed big on Ereck Flowers in 2015, but it has a chance to rectify that this season.

Alabama's Jonah Williams is arguably the most NFL-ready tackle in the draft, and he'd instantly upgrade their right tackle position if he's there at No. 17.

As for the defense, if New York elects not to target a quarterback with the No. 6 pick, they could grab an edge rusher. Mississippi State's Montez Sweat is one of the most athletic edge rushers we've seen in some time, and he ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. For context, that's faster than the times Odell Beckham Jr., A.J. Green and Antonio Brown ran at their combines.

Sweat could wreak havoc on the edge in New York, but the Giants could also opt to take someone like Michigan's Rashan Gary. He's a dynamic athlete in his own right, and he offers a bit more positional versatility than Sweat.

The Giants could also use a boost in the secondary, particularly at cornerback. New York has Janoris Jenkins entrenched at corner, but he was a little up and down last season. Acquiring a decent corner could help take a lot of pressure off Jenkins, and they could kick the tires on free agent Morris Claiborne on a one year prove-it deal. He'd likely come at a low cost, and he's a decent player when on the field.

Alternatively, New York could choose to address corner with the No. 17 pick, and there are a lot of capable players projected to go in that range. Georgia's DeAndre Baker is one of the more polished cornerbacks in the draft, and LSU's Greedy Williams looks like a future high-level starter as well. Additionally, New York could hope Temple's Rock Ya-Sin slips to pick No. 37, as he could add some much needed toughness to this secondary.

While Gettleman's recent moves have likely frustrated and confused many Giants fans, the path to a successful rebuild is still there. If the Giants can find a franchise quarterback, and surround him with a solid offensive line and an opportunistic defense, they could be a dangerous team somewhere down the road.

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