The New York Giants, champions of Super Bowl XLVI, failed to make the playoffs this year, finishing the season 9-7. The Giants were plagued with injuries throughout the season, and they were inconsistent on both sides of the ball.
If the Giants want to return to their championship form, they need to add depth, and get younger. And like the other 31 teams in the league, it starts with scouting the incoming football players.
The Giants should keep an eye on the following players in the Senior Bowl game:
Lane Johnson, OL, Oklahoma
The Giants need to address their offensive line. They are losing a few linemen either through free agency, or from injury.
Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson would be a good fit. Johnson has the size and athleticism to be a starting left tackle. He has great footwork and does well in mirroring defenders.
Johnson has incredible strength and is also a smart football player. He always knows his assignments and knows how to steer defenders away in the run game. He can excel in both pass protection and run blocking.
Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
The Giants struggled in the secondary last season. They need to find a starting-caliber cornerback to play opposite Prince Amukamara.
Leon McFadden, cornerback for San Diego State, can help the Giants secondary. Now, he doesn’t have the ideal size at 5’10”, but his speed makes up for it. With his speed, he is capable of playing man coverage.
McFadden has shown that he is a solid corner that has a nose for the football. He can play the run well and in cover.
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
The Giants defensive line played poorly this past season. They couldn’t stop the run, and finished the season with only 33 sacks. The team needs to add some depth to the roster, as well as add some playmakers.
Defensive end Okafor is a playmaker that has a knack for getting to the quarterback. He’s an athletic speed edge-rusher, with a quick first step, and strength that can push o-linemen back.
Okafor is also solid in run defense. A nice addition to a Giants team that is struggling in both pass-rush and run defense.
John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
At 6’3″, 360 pounds, the defensive tackle is massive. With his size, it can take multiple blockers to stop him. Jenkins is strong and quick enough to break through the offensive line and get to the quarterback. He is also very effective in run defense.
Jenkins can anchor well but tends to disappear at times, and it may be due to conditioning, but that can be worked on. Jenkins has the skill set and potential to be a productive starter.