The New York Giants had to scramble from an 0-6 start to finish 7-9 in 2013, and they entered the offseason with significant needs all over the roster. They have addressed the offensive line to a certain extent early in free agency, bringing in left guard Geoff Schwartz and center J.D. Walton. They also have added running back Rashad Jennings and re-signed linebacker Jon Beason.
But there is more to do on both sides of the ball as the Giants work on getting younger and re-stocking the pipeline for the long term at key positions. No matter what they end up doing for the rest of free agency, the draft will offer them an opportunity to continue that project. And if they fill immediate needs on the offensive and defensive lines with their free agency moves, they'll be able to take the best player available, regardless of position, in the first round.
That could mean another offensive lineman such as Michigan's Taylor Lewan, so great are their overall needs there. It could mean a pass-catching weapon for Eli Manning, such as tight end Eric Ebron or wide receiver Mike Evans. It could mean a cornerback such as Justin Gilbert, a defensive tackle such as Aaron Donald or some other defensive piece. The Giants could go any number of ways in the first round of the draft, and none would constitute a glaring mistake.
Mel Kiper's latest mock draft.