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Unfinished Business: Preliminary Look at 2003 Draft Needs
Posted By Eric From BBI On September 17, 2007 @ 11:16 pm In | Comments Disabled
by Eric from BigBlueInteractive.com
The preponderance of teams in the NFL have more needs than can ever be successfully dealt with in one draft and the New York Giants are no exception. So while the Giants hopefully addressed the tight end, wide receiver, tackle, and linebacker positions on April 20-21, other potential areas of concern remain.
Writing a “needs” article before the upcoming season has already been played is a dicey task. It is impossible to predict which players will excel, those who will disappoint, injuries, and the status of contract discussions. For example, it is quite possible that some rookie free agent the Giants have signed could really surprise and become an acceptable eventual starter. It is also possible that some veteran who the Giants were counting on turns out to be a dud. Will the Giants be able to re-sign Kerry Collins? Will they want to? What about upcoming free agents Michael Strahan, Luke Petitgout, and Dan Campbell? Who might suffer a knee injury that shortens a one promising career? It’s impossible to say.
So keep in mind these ever changing variables while I attempt to take a preliminary look at what positions the Giants may look at first and foremost in April 2003.
The Giants are paying Jason Sehorn too much money to have him play yet another year either hurt or underachieving. Unless he returns to a consistent, upper-echelon performance, it may be best for the Giants to part ways with him and draft another young stud at cornerback. My guess is that this won’t be necessary, but it is certainly a possibility.
As I mentioned above, it all depends on the contract with Michael. If he wants too much money, the Giants may have to let him walk.
It is simply impossible to predict what will occur on the offensive line. The line could range from a hugely pleasant surprise to a downright nightmare. I’m not as concerned as most though my gut feeling tells me that the team needs to add a top-notch guard still.
What about the wide receiver and linebacker you ask? The Giants have a lot of young prospects at these positions with talent. It’s time for this talent to be developed on the playing field. I am reasonably confident that two of the young receivers and two of the young linebackers will become good players.
You can tell what my priority would be in 2003: the defensive line.
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