Free agency is done and dusted the New York Giants are now looking forward to the 2016 NFL DRAFT. They have a lot of work to do from the top down. They have a new head coach in Ben McAdoo. This is his first time to be a head coach of any team. He was the OC of the Giants last year and with the leaving of Tom Coughlin after 11 years he has big shoes to fill. This is the time to impress not only the board but most importantly the fans.
O-Line, LB, and RB The Giants have been weak at LB for many years, relying on superior defensive line play to cover for a below average core. Now that the defensive line is no longer packed with All-Pro’s the LB weakness has been exposed. Despite making big splashes in free agency this area wasn’t addressed so look for the Giants to draft high. The Giants also struggled on the Offensive Line, despite investing a First Round pick in Ereck Flowers last year as injuries saw a lot of shuffling. Ideally a RT, Flowers was pressed into action at LT when Will Beatty went down with a torn pectoral – with Beatty having been released, the Giants need to decide if Flowers is good enough to stay at LT or draft someone so they can move Flowers to his more natural RT position. An upgrade at OL should also help the Giants to improve their poor rushing attack, which lacks an elite threat in the backfield. The Giants have a lot of complimentary peices in the backfield, Shane Vereen is great as a receiving option, Andre Williams is a powerful runner for short yardage situations but their ‘feature back’, Rashad Jennings, has struggled to stay on the field because of injury. Despite having a solid stable there could be some temptation to draft Ezekiel Elliott at 10 if the Giants believe he can be a transcendent talent.