The NY Giants need to address one thing and one thing only in this upcoming draft: the offensive line. I don’t care if Sammy Watkins or even Jadeveon Clowney fall to us; I don’t care about how high the ceiling is on either of them. The Giants only focus needs to be on the offensive line and if this past season doesn’t scream at the front office to address this issue, then it is time to revisit some of the front office personnel. I’m usually an advocate of drafting the best player available but the Giants are in dire need of an overhaul of the offensive line that we need to throw that strategy out the window. I screamed and threw my remote at the TV when we drafted David Wilson two years ago over several offensive line candidates. I was so furious that I took to commenting on several posts on GiantsGab even before I was invited to write for them. (Feel free to look in the archive from draft night two years ago if you think I’m joking when I say that). While I didn’t anticipate Wilson getting injured, I knew and understood what I hoped the front office knew: running backs in today’s NFL are so interchangeable that taking one in the first round is a horrible decision. Look at Trent Richardson for example, he was drafted #3 overall by the Browns ahead of guys like Luke Kuechly and Dontari Poe, two pivotal pieces on their respective teams. Don’t try and sell yourself on the dreams of finding the next AP, it is not going to happen. The NFL is a pass-first league and in order to be competitive you have to be able to provide a clean pocket from which your quarterback can operate from. Eli had his worst season of his NFL career in 2013 and that’s because he had no time. The offensive line is so old and so bad that the Giants offense went completely stagnant. We could not run the ball which in turn led to us not being able to throw the ball. Eli was forced to throw on the run and try and make plays outside the pocket, which as anyone who has watched the Giants over the last several years can testify that is not where he excels. Given a clean pocket, Eli can be one of the top quarterbacks in the league and he has proven that over the last several seasons.
The Giants took a step in the right direction drafting Justin Pugh, a versatile offensive lineman who will be a starter on this line for years to come, barring any significant injury. Now it is time to start rebuilding the offensive line to allow Manning, a two-time Superbowl MVP, to have enough time to hit one of the playmakers down the field. So this is my attempt at pleading with the Giants front office to dedicate their efforts in the upcoming draft to rebuilding the offensive line.
I can hear Kevin Costner’s voice in my head saying “If you re-build it, wins will come.”