Posted April 22, 2013 on AP on Fox
The biggest reason the New York Giants missed the playoffs last season was defense. The unit that helped Tom Coughlin's crew win its second Super Bowl in five years in February 2012 was among the NFL's worst last season The defensive line didn't get to the quarterback as much, and it certainly didn't stop the run. The linebackers were ineffective and the secondary had trouble covering receivers. In the end, New York lost two of its final three games and finished 9-7. So, heading into the NFL draft on Thursday, look for the Giants to fill many holes on defense in the seven rounds. That doesn't mean, of course, that general manager Jerry Reese will use the 19th pick overall to take a defensive player. Reese has always been a ''best player available'' selector and New York also has needs on an aging offensive line, particularly at right tackle where David Diehl is coming off a sub-par season and center David Baas and guard Chris Snee had offseason surgery. New York's first-round ...
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