Excerpt: "At the end of the Giants' failed 2012 title defense, Jerry Reese made it clear that he felt the roster was not "that far off" from contending again.
But the disappointed general manager said his team "will look a little differently" in 2013. As the Giants near next week's draft, Reese's defense will definitely sport a different look.
Osi Umenyiora, Kenny Phillips, Chris Canty, Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn are gone.
Former Eagles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson are now Giants run-stuffers. Dan Connoris projected to start at middle linebacker and Aaron Ross is back in the secondary.
Despite cap constraints, Reese made a concerted effort to try to fortify a defense that finished 31st overall and 25th against the run last season. That effort will continue next week when Reese will add more defensive players.
When Reese selected running back David Wilson and wide receiver Rueben Randle last year, it was the first time the Giants did not draft a defensive player in the first two rounds since 2004.
It would be a surprise if Reese goes offense again with his first two picks. While the Giantshave a need at offensive line and could opt to take a lineman early, Reese can use another pass-rusher.
Umenyiora is gone and Justin Tuck is entering the final year of his deal. And we know how much Reese values his defensive ends and how he has no issue spending a first-round pick on one.
The Giants pick 19th overall and it remains to be seen what the caliber of defensive ends will be when Reese is on the clock.
Ends like BYU's Ezekiel Ansah and LSU's Barkevious Mingo are expected to be long gone. But Florida State's Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine, UCLA's Datone Jones, SMU'sMargus Hunt and LSU's Sam Montgomery are among the defensive ends who could go in the first two rounds.
If Reese feels the quality of pass-rushers available at 19 are not that much better than what he might be able to get in the second round, the GM could opt to plug another area at 19." Read more...