Over the last six seasons, the New York Giants have laid a blueprint to building a championship caliber roster: a strong armed quarterback, a bevy of weapons on offense coupled with an elite ability to rush the passer. The Giants have single-handedly spiked the market value of pass rushers by highlighting the immense role they must play on defense. With the imminent departure of Osi Umenyiora this offseason, don't be surprised to see Big Blue retool their pass rush with their first-round pick. Ezekiel Ansah out of BYU would be an incredible steal for General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. in the 2013 NFL Draft.
If the Giants want to ensure that the pass rush remains among the most feared units in the league for 2013 and beyond, the front office must add young talent this offseason. Justin Tuck has not been consistently productive in two seasons, Chris Canty is was a disappointment in 2012, Linval Jospeh showed this year that he may not be the dominant presence in the middle he was projected to be, while the Marvin Austin experiment has all but failed.
Save for Jason Pierre-Paul, there are question marks regarding every player on the defensive line right now.
That's not to say that this unit can't return in 2013 with a vengeance. There is enough talent on the defensive line that Perry Fewell should be able to muster up a more effective pass rush than we saw this season. However, with Justin Tuck's age and injury concerns, it would be prudent to look to the future at the defensive end position. Best case scenario, Tuck has two or three productive years left in him. If the team does not act now to breed a successor for Tuck, the defensive end cupboard will be barren when it comes time to replace him." Read more...