Offseason Outlook: New York Giants

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Dec 7, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; The New York Giants offense lines up against the Tennessee Titans defense during the second half at LP Field. The Giants beat the Titans 36-7. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Line.

This has been an issue for the past two seasons. Eli Manning not getting enough time to throw the ball has been a major concern for Giants fans, who all know how good he can be if he has time. Jerry Reese experimented last season by bringing in Geoff Schwartz, but he was injured for most of the season. John Jerry and a patch-work offensive line will simply not be good enough for the Giants to be an elite team.

Especially when you have Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz on the roster, the QB needs time to get them the ball. Not to mention how a good offensive line can boost your running game.

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Here are some notable OL help available through free agency:

Here are some OL available in the draft:

  • Brandon Scherff
  • Cedric Ogbuehi
  • Andrus Peat
  • Ereck Flowers
  • La’el Collins
  • Arie Kouandjio

The best of the OL bunch would be the proven players, such as Free, Connolly, Iupati, or Franklin, but price tags and cap space would likely prevent the Giants from signing more than one of these.

The ideal scenario is to couple one of these signings with drafting an O-lineman. I would be very reluctant to draft an offensive lineman with the 9th overall draft pick, unless it is an absolute stud. As evidenced by recent top selections Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, teams need to be 100% sure that a high OL draft pick will translate well from the college level to the pros.

If I were GM?

  1. Sign the cheapest out of Iupati, Connolly, and Franklin
  2. Draft the top lineman on the board in the second or third round (preferably the versatile Collins)

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