As a Giant fan, I can't say we've ever been particularly weak at DT. I'm not an Xs and Os and type of guy, but we've usually held up well against the run for the most part. Keith Hamilton was stout for us and he was a 4th round pick. We've lost good DTs over the years to the Redskins like Cornelius Griffin and Barry Cofield, but both guys were replaced and were mid-round picks themselves. We signed guys like Jenkins, Patterson, and Rogers to cheap deals last year, and all of them contributed. Linval Joseph was a 2nd rounder and he was our best. The last time I remember us actually taking a 1st round DT was William Joseph, who was a bust.
In recent years, some of the best DTs have been guys like Geno Atkins(4th round pick), Henry Melton(4th round pick),Jay Ratliff(7th round pick), Kyle Williams(5th round pick), Jason Hatcher(3rd round pick). Granted, there was stud DTs like Suh, McCoy, Poe, Ngata, and Dareus. But it seems to me you can find DTs later in the draft.
I'm not saying Aaron Donald isn't a stud or potential stud, but does he have the draft profile of the elite guys? If so, how come he's not talked about as going higher? Is their not the usual value DTs to find in this draft in later rounds? I'm not against taking Donald, but the more I think, the less I feel we would really hurt not selecting him.