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Two weeks until the Draft. Are the Giants Ready?

I have always observed that the Giants make every effort to eliminate the "need" picks leading up to the draft. Put in its simplest terms, the Giants fill all the holes and acquire the necessary players such that if the draft were somehow cancelled, they could field a team for the season.

Needs after the 2016 season
After the 2016 Season
 - DE could be an immediate need if JPP went elsewhere in free agency
 - DT Hankins is a free agent and figures to get an offer that is more than what the Giants would want to match
 - WR position has depth on top of depth, with 4 veteran starters, and two other s who saw significant playing time
 - Additions at the OT position appeared to be necessary, even if Bowie returned from injury. There wasn't enough depth and all positions could be upgraded
 - Starters at CB were in place but backups were allowed to roll the dice in free agency
 - The only TEs on the roster were Matt LaCosse and Jerrell Adams, both returning from injury
 - Will Johnson is at Fullback, but it was unclear if one was needed or desired
 - Vereen, Jennings, and Perkins still in place with Darkwa a Free Agent. All set there if everyone returns
 - Jerry was a Free Agent, and Pugh was entering his final year of his deal but adding depth there was an option
 - C looked okay with Richburg and Jones as a backup
 - Eli was the QB but there were no backups signed
 - LBs looked set, but there were some guys whose play far underperformed their pay, and the one guy that exceeded his (Keenan Robinson) was a free agent
 - Safety, could the Giants actually be loaded at safety? Collins starts and Andrew Adams will probably enter camp as the other starter. The Thompson Twins return from IR, and Ryan Murphy and Nat Berhe are still on the roster
 - Gould would need to be re-signed at Kicker
 - Brad Wing seemed certain to be the Punter in 2017

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Which positions should the Giants draft?

I have been working out who might be available where and how they fit into the Giants scheme:


Quarterback-  Eli Manning is 36 years old and the team has started discussing finding his successor.   Eli had a down year last season, but a good deal of his issues could be attributed to a weak offensive line, a lack of a proper running game and a stable of relatively short WRs.   The team seems to have fixed some of the issues.   The team could seriously consider someone like Mahomes in round one (assuming he lasts and there isn't an early QB frenzy).  The team really doesn't have the juice to move up significantly should there be a run (their 3 round pick would only buy them 4 spots).  They could "settle" on lower round QBs.   Jaws thinks that Pitt's Nathan Peterman would be a good fit for the Giants and should be available in the 3rd round.  There is also Miami's Brad Kaaya who should be around rnds 4 or 5 and while I was less than impressed does have good traits for Ben's offense.   If things don't work out in terms of the way the draft plays out, I see the team staying pat as Geno Smith gives them some flexibility.

Wide Receiver-  I would be shocked if the team drafts one as they are pretty settled at this position with the signing of Marshall

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An Outsider's perspective on the Giants roster, and why I don't agree

I found this outsider's take from Fantasy Alarm rather interesting even if I don't agree:

Despite finishing 11-5 last season, the Giants have some serious issues throughout their roster. They basically got by with unconscious play from their high-priced defense and one-to-two game breaking plays per game from Odell Beckham Jr. While impressive is an understatement for their 2016 accomplishments considering what they were working with, you can’t with a straight face argue that this is a repeatable recipe for success going forward. Serious changes are needed throughout this Giants roster…

First here are some of the reasons I think that this author could be right:

1)  The Giants had a relatively easy schedule in terms of how the schedule fell when the Bye was and the strength of the teams played.  Not sure this can be repeated

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