Originally posted on cover32 - Giants  |  Last updated 3/26/14
The offseason is well underway now and, to the surprise of many, the New York Giants have accomplished quite a bit. They have bolstered their defense through an assortment of free-agent signings and even improved the offensive line—the team’s greatest weakness in 2013—with big additions, such as guard Geoff Schwartz. This week’s mailbag answers a few questions that look ahead to the NFL Draft in May and what the Giants could and should do with the 12th overall pick and the other five picks they currently have. The Giants have done all kinds of work to the defense, and that’s great, but I feel like the offense still went so untouched in free agency. What are they waiting for? - Jace (Cape Henlopen, DE) The Giants had a lot of work to do going into this offseason and they still do. What they needed on offense, there wasn’t much of in free agency, so they took the wise move addressing the defense and Jerry Reese did his best to turn the team into an instance powerhouse. After all, defense still wins championships, right? Even so, the offense did not go unnoticed. The Giants added key offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz. Schwartz has been the league’s fourth-best guard since joining the NFL in 2008, per Pro Football Focus’ Pete Damilatis. Since he entered the league, Geoff Schwartz has a +4.3 @PFF grade per 100 snaps played, 4th-best rate of any guard in the NFL. — Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) March 11, 2014 Add in offensive linemen J.D. Walton and John Jerry, and the Giants may have their new offensive line already constructed. Still, I’d look for them to two more linemen via the draft, maybe a center and a tackle, to bolster depth and create competition for guys like Walton and the returning Chris Snee. I expect the Giants to also address remaining needs at wide receiver, tight end and defensive line in the draft, with a deep class of talent for them to choose from. The defense looks fantastic and that’s a start, but don’t fret, they aren’t ignoring other major holes on the roster. Who do you think the Giants should take with the 12th pick? - Toby (Warren, NJ) I expect the Giants to take a wide receiver or tight end in the first round, depending upon who is available when they are slated to pick. For weeks now, I have been set on the G-Men taking tight end Eric Ebron out of North Carolina, but after his Pro Day showcased more of his biggest flaw—inconsistent hands—I have my doubts. It’s not exactly the Giants’ style to go all in on a guy with serious drop issues like Ebron has. Had an 11.43% drop rate in 2013 RT @jjones9: Here at UNC Pro Day where TE Eric Ebron has registered three drops so ffar — Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 25, 2014 So if a guy like Mike Evans of Texas A&M is still there at No. 12, don’t be surprised if they select him. Eli Manning needs a big passing target and Evans is the perfect fit. He boasts solid hands and great downfield play-making ability. Lined up opposite Victor Cruz, Evans could star from day one within new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s offense. If neither is available, or they don’t like the fit, Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin is another appealing option. Though he’s a tackle right now, most believe he won’t stay that way. He has the makeup to be a Pro Bowl offensive guard, garnering comparisons to the New England Patriots’ Logan Mankins. John Jerry, really? - Nick (Staten Island, NY) I know, it doesn’t sound nice on paper. John Jerry had a hand in the whole Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito fiasco and now he’s joining the Giants locker room? I’m willing to bet Jerry learned quite a bit during this past year with that whole mess and he’s going to do all he can to avoid being involved with that drama again. Plus, he’s joining the Giants. The Giants are a class organization among the league’s best with great leaders like Manning and Antrel Rolle in the locker room. What happened in Miami is highly unlikely to ever happen in East Rutherford. With that said, Jerry is a talented and versatile athlete who will help strengthen the Giants’ offensive line depth. He started all 16 games the past two seasons with the Dolphins and should get an opportunity to compete against Chris Snee for the right guard job this summer. You may also be interested in:Mailbag: New York Giants draft talk and John Jerry concernsPower Rankings: Who’s the New York Giants greatest ever and where’s he rank?Why the New York Giants should steer clear of Jermichael Finley
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 takeaways from Super Bowl 50

Was firing Jeff Hornacek the wrong move for the Suns?

Panthers picked wrong day to play worst game of the season

Was Peyton Manning paid for Budweiser mentions?

Cam Newton walks out of postgame press conference

Eli did not look thrilled after Peyton locked up Super Bowl


Rick Reilly sends awkward tweet during Super Bowl 50

Peyton Manning gives Papa John a kiss after game

Panthers' Josh Norman crying after losing Super Bowl

Peyton Manning ‘going to drink a lot of Budweiser’ after win

Where Peyton Manning ranks among Super Bowl era QBs

Peyton Manning declines to comment on possible retirement

Winners and losers from Super Bowl 50

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Aqib Talib wipes out on NFL Network

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Five biggest boneheaded plays of Super Bowl 50

WATCH: Cam Newton gives questionable effort to recover fumble

Lions say Calvin Johnson's future still not determined

How Louisville basketball bungled their self-imposed ban

Ted Ginn Jr. whiffs on football twice on one play, results in Panthers turnover

Kony Ealy makes one-handed interception of Peyton Manning

Mike Carey gets another call wrong on incomplete pass in SB

Steph Curry beats Panthers' "Keep Pounding" drum

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker