Kiper: Giants draft forecast

November, 6, 2012
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There's plenty of season left to be played of course but it's never too early for ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper to take a look ahead to next year's draft and what each team needs.

Here's his Giants analysis:

Top emerging needs: CB, DE, LB, OL, TE

KIPER: "Over the past couple of years, I've had the offensive line as a need for the Giants, but the sum of the parts has always been better than the individual talent, and the coaching staff has demonstrated again and again they can get the line to work. That's happened again in 2012, for the most part. The offense remains among the NFL's best, and Eli Manning's stretch of good health remains intact. So this time I'll say they should look elsewhere, and if the draft were tomorrow, I'd say help at corner and another pass-rusher or linebacker would be good. Teams simply throw too easily on the Giants' corners, and we can't presume Osi Umenyiora will be back. So that's where I'll start."

KIPER'S PICK FOR GIANTS: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

OHM'S ANALYSIS: Mel is right that the Giants can use another defensive end with Umenyiora's future uncertain after this season. Osi will want the biggest contract he can gather. But, the Giants definitely have a need for an offensive lineman. They drafted Will Beatty and James Brewer for the future at tackles. And they took Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants in the draft as well. So Jerry Reese could say that he is hoping for one of those guys to develop and stick with best player available in the first round. But they can always use another young body on the line.

But there are other needs as well. The Giants need another cornerback. They have Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley but injuries tested the depth there early in the season. Also, Kenny Phillips' contract is up after this season so safety could be a consideration.

And with Adrien Robinson as the only tight end under contract after this season, the Giants will have to make some moves there as well like potentially re-signing Martellus Bennett, Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum.

Which areas do you want to see the Giants address high in the draft next year? Tell us below.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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