This is the 9th and final installment of posts breaking down the Giants position by position for the upcoming NFL Draft. The last position is the secondary.
Currently, the Giants have Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara, Antwaun Molden, Bruce Johnson, Brian Witherspoon, Michael Coe, Justin Tryon and Brandon Bing at corner back on the depth chart. At safety, the Giants currently have Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips, Tyler Sash, Stevie Brown, Chris Horton and Chad Jones on the depth chart. Currently un-signed from last season for the Giants is Deon Grant, Will Blackmon and Derrick Martin.
Most moves made by the Giants so far this off-season has come in the secondary, albeit they were minor ones. Thomas was re-signed after suffering an ACL injury during the preseason last year. The Giants are hoping he can return to his old form as Thomas was really starting to come into his own along side Corey Webster. Amukamara is looking to improve off what was a disappoint rookie season that was derailed by injury from the start. Amukamara broke a bone in his foot in his second practice last off-season, and is looking to bounce back. Recently, Amukamara received an injection to help the foot heal, but should be ready by the time training camp roles around. Having him healthy would be a huge benefit as the Giants could use some help at cornerback after Aaron Ross left this off-season to join the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Molden, Brown and Horton were added mostly for depth. All three have potential to help the team on special teams since cracking the rotation will be tough. Johnson, Coe and Tryon were all re-signed from last season. The secondary, even though from the looks is deep, has its question marks. Thomas, Johnson, Coe, Witherspoon and Tryon all suffered season ending injuries, so no one knows for sure how effective they will be once training camps open up.
Rolle and Phillips return for the Giants this season, giving the Giants one of the best safety combinations in the NFL. Popular veteran Deon Grant though still remains unsigned and it remains to be seen what the Giants do with him. His veteran leadership is a quality that would not hurt the Giants adding. There is a possibility the Giants bring him into the fold later in the off-season, but they do like what they have in last years 6th round pick Tyler Sash. Adding linebacker Keith Rivers may make Grant expendable also because he should not need to use three safeties on the field together as much.
Chad Jones suffered injuries in a horrific car accident after being selected by the Giants in 2010. The accident almost cost Jones his life and left leg, but he is attempting to return this off-season. If Jones is able to return and give the Giants anything, it would be considered a huge bonus. Jones is an inspiration to everyone in the organization attempting a comeback from such a life changing experience.
The last time the Giants went secondary in the draft was last year, when they selected Amukamara in the first round out of Nebraska and Sash in the sixth round out of Iowa. The Giants have been taking a look at a number defensive backs and it makes sense.
The front office will have a lot of decisions to make after this season, having only six defensive backs under contract past this year (Webster, Amukamara, Thomas, Rolle, Sash and Jones). The Giants would like to retain Phillips as his contract is up this season, but you never know. Reese always has an eye on the future, which is what the draft is for so seeing the Giants take some secondary players would be a surprise to no one. The fact they have so many players returning from injuries is also a concern and reason for the Giants to look secondary in this year’s draft.
There are a number of options for the Giants in the draft this year. If Notre Dame Safety Harrison Smith is there at 32, the Giants will have to take a long hard look at him. Another player to keep an eye on is Dre Kirkpatrick out of
Alabama. He has told the Giants they will need to
trade up to get him, but there are a few people that think he may be in for a
fall down the draft board. Janoris
Jenkins formerly of ,
out of Florida University Northern Alabama comes with a lot of baggage but
is highly talented. ProFootballTalk.com
has said that the Giants have had cornerback Omar Bolden for
two visits, so keep an eye out for him on draft day. Arizona
With so many question marks surrounding the secondary this season and into the future, it would seem like drafting a cornerback or safety would be a logical move. I would place the necessity for a player in the secondary to be drafted at a 5 for the Giants.
So there it is the last installment of the NFL Draft preview for the New York Football Giants. Leave comments to let us know what you thought of the coverage and how you think we did. Hope you all enjoy watching the draft this weekend.