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FA Targets: Cornerbacks and Offensive Linemen

Two positions the Giants could use an upgrade at are Offensive line and cornerback. The Giants have good cornerbacks, but they seriously lack depth and they dont’ have a shut down cornerback.

The Giants need to get younger (and better) on the offensive line and if they can do that through free agency they can avoid forcing it in the draft.

The problem, to me, is I don’t think the Giants will consider augmenting their cornerbacks through free agency. But if they do this is a GREAT cornerback free agency class (potentially).

Cornerbacks

Nnamdi Asomugha-The  chance of the Giants actually signing Asmougha to me is that same as the likelihood that my mom would understand what I’m talking about if I just said “Hey, mom, what do you think of Nnamdi Asmougha?”

Jonathan Joseph-Joseph is an elite cornerback for the Bengals. He’s not at the same level as Asmougha, Revis, and maybe even Asante Samuel (he might be better in pure coverage, but he’ll never turn the ball over as much as Samuel does), but he’s as close as you can be. Joseph Would be an upgrade to TT or Corey Webster. Joseph might get franchised by the Bengals so it’s possible he won’t become a free agent.

Champ Bailey-

It could be argued that three of the top five cornerbacks in the N.F.L. could be free agents this year, which is unheard of. Darrel Revis and Samuel are the other two cornerbacks I’d put in the top five. Bailey is older, which might actually make it more likely the Giants pursue him. He’s not going to get the same long term contract that Joseph and Asmougah are going to get, but he’s still a good player and he might be able to play Safety eventually if his skill set deteroriates too much for him to be an impact cornerback. I’d take Bailey in a second, but I can’t see John Fox being happy if his best player leaves via free agency.

Brandon Carr is a restricted free agent, but one of the emerging cornerbacks in the league. The Giants aren’t going to give up a draft pick to sign him away and Kansas City will keep him, I believe.

Chris Carr-Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens need to resign him because they don’t have a ton at corerback.

Ike Taylor-Steelers-Taylor had a down 2009, but a better 2010. The thing you have to like about Taylor is he is tough and physical which would be nice on the Giants. Walt says he only gave up one touchdown this season which is also good. Taylor, I’m not sure if he fits into Fewell’s system, but he’s a nice player.

Antonio Cromartie-is available,but I highly doubt the Giants pursue him. Could you mention how much Cromartie and Rolle would talk?

Josh Wilson-Ravens-acquire from the Seahawks before the season Josh Wilson had a very solid year for the Ravens and a very good playoffs for them. Wilson is exactly the kind of cornerback the Giants need. He can play the slot effectively and he can be a return man in a pinch.  He has VERY Good speed and is exactly the kind of player the Giants need. He’s my first realistic and priority target at cornerback.

Carlos Rodgers, Richard Marshall, Chris Houston

All three are the same caliber player. Rodgers is the best when healthy, but all three could be valuabe depth and start in a pinch incase of injury

Ronde Barber-This is my second favorite low  end target (because I don’t believe the Giants will target Joseph, Bailey, or Asomugha). Barber has loads of experience playing in the cover two and could be a Sam Madison kind of player for the Giants (except he’d play more than Madison did). Providing veteran leadership to a secondary that doesn’t have a ton (unless you consider Rolle a leader, Grant is, but he might not be back) all the cornerbacks are young with Webster being the eldest of the bunch. Barber would fit in nicely with the Giants and he provide a familiar face (get what I did there…)

Drayton Florence-Bills He’s not a stud, but he’s very solid. He can start in a pinch, but could be better suited as a nickel guy because he can get exposed in coverage if he plays a ton. He’s pretty tough and he’s a solid player and I wouldn’t mind adding him to the Giants.

Here are the rest of the cornerbacks

Offensive Linemen

Let’s start with centers.

Ryan Kalil Carolina Panthers-he’s a Free agent and a goody. He’s one of the better centers in the league, he’s still  pretty young and he should be retained by the Panthers if they’re not completely inept.  Anyway, if he hits the free agent market he should be a target of the Giants. They need a replacement for O’hara. It’s a tough business and its hard to say good bye to your beloved veterans, but it has to happen eventually and if the Giants signed Kalil they could cut ties with O’hara and be set at center for the next 7-8 years (he’s 25 currently).

Olin Kruetz is still a good player, but he’s 34 (He’s basically Shaun O’hara). Pass

Lyle Senedlin-I don’t know much about him, so here is what walter says “Arizona’s best offensive lineman, Lyle Sendlein hasn’t missed a start in three years. He needs to be re-signed”. If he’s not though he could be a possibility for the Giants.

Rest of the centers

Guards

The Giants have Chris Snee on one side, but nothing else on the other side if Petrus or Boothe aren’t ready for full time duty and if Suebert can’t recover fast enough from his injury. So a starting LG could be a priority for th Giants.

Logan Mankins-If he gets away from the Pats he should be the Giants 2nd priority in free agency (behind Chad Greenway).

Mankins is one of the best guards in the league and a professional winner. Mankins is only 29 so still should have a few good seasons  left in him and would be a welcome addition to the Giants.

Harvey Dahl-Falcons-The Falcons are employing the kind of tough nosed, punishing run blockers the Giants need to get on their offensive line. Dahl is 30 yeards old so he’s not a spring chicken, but he could be a nice starting option for the next three or four years.

Richie Incongnito-He’s a crazy S.O.B, but he’s a pretty good player and would be a nice addition to the line. At 28 he still has some good years left, and as long as you can keep the crazy out of him he’s a good player.

Kyle Kosier-Nearing the tail end of his career Kosier is a nice player who specializes in run blocking. He’s not an excellent pass blocker, but he’s a nice player and could start next year for the Giants if Suebert is still recovering.Though he doesn’t really fit their guard mold.

Davin Joseph BucsThe kind of offensive linemen I can see the Giants signing. He has plenty of experience at his 27 years old and he’s a good run blocker. At 6-3 and 313 pounds he isn’t obese and is the preferred size of the Giants guards. Joseph is talented and with some of the Giants quality OL coaching could become a steal. He is nimble enough to pull, which is important in the Giants system.

Robert Gallery, Raiders An absolute physical monster as long as he doesn’t have lofty contract demands could be the player the Giants need. Drafted as a “franchise LT” Gallery struggled to meet his expectations, but once he moved inside to guard he became one of the best guards in the league. Now, Gallery has had some trouble staying healthy which hurts, but as far as talent Gallery could be the Giants guard for the next four or five years.

David Baas, 49ers- A quality player who played both guard and center this year (says Walt) and could appeal to the Giants because of his versatility and his price (not a huge one)

Alan Faneca-He’s old, but he’s a tough S.O.B. He’s still a punishing run blocker and brings a tough guy mentality to the team. I don’t think the Giants will be looking for a stop gap guard, but if they are they could do much worse.

Rest of the Guards here

Offensive Tackles

Some people would argue that this is the Giants biggest need. Diehl is no longer a viable Franchise LT, I still think that Beatty can be that player so I’m not as sold on this being such a dire need. But let’s look at the options anyway.

Willie Colon is a good Right Tackle, but so is Kareem McKenzie pass.

Doug Free-With all of the problems the Cowboys have on their OL I doubt they a solid one like Free go.

Matt Light-Patriots. He is a good pass blocking LT, but he’s not elite.

 

Well the tackle class is not very good. Here are the rest of them. Most of the available tackles are right tackles and not LT.

Franchise LT rarely become available.

I”ll be posting another prospect profile tommorrow so be sure to be on the lookout for a profile tommorrow (haven’t decided who it’ll be but I have a few options).

A couple of other things.
National Football Post, one of my favorite draft sites, has finally come out with their scouting reports (on some players) and their mock draft. As of now they have the Giants selecting Gabe Carimi (even though Mark Ingram is still available)

And the combine’s full list of participants can be found here.

 

Lastly, Perry Fewell will interview with the Titans.

He satisifes the Rooney Rule and after his interview the Titans are likely to make a hire (and it could be him as well if he impresses)


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