2015 NFL Draft Preview: New York Giants

By Daniel Waffenfeld, Staff Writer

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Photo credit: Nic Taylor
Photo credit: Nic Taylor

The New York Giants have the ninth overall pick in this year’s 2015 NFL Draft. There has been a lot of speculation about what they’re going to do with their pick. Based on this offseason’s departures and signings, I believe there are some positions they need to fill in order to rebuild their team and establish success in this year’s draft class.
After last year’s disappointing 6-10 season, the Giants finished in third place in the NFC East while missing the playoffs. There is still hope that this franchise can provide a turning point and improve into this upcoming season. The Giants should select a safety, offensive lineman, defensive lineman and an outside linebacker.
Last year was a down season for the Giants because they led the league with most players on the injured reserve list and they could use some healthy and skillful players that can contribute to the team since some members on the team didn’t execute like they should have.
So far, this offseason has gone well for the Giants, as they made some major signings like Brett Jones, Shane Vereen, J.T. Thomas, Dwayne Harris and others. Everything has been going in the Giants’ favor and with the right draft picks, they can take a major step up from last season.
General Manager Jerry Reese feels confident with next year’s team, especially since Victor Cruz is coming back from a leg injury that ended his season. “It is just a matter of continuing to get stronger, get the leg stronger to be able to start cutting and things like that,” said Cruz in an interview with NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger. “I do feel like I am definitely close to that.”
If Cruz and the other injured Giants regain their health, then this team has a lot of promise to increase their wins from last season. Although the Giants have some tough competition next season, many people think they will have a chance to make the playoffs. Tom Coughlin is going into his 11th year as head coach of the Giants and has structured this team in a way that has more character and finesse than usual.
The Giants defense was banged up last season with injuries and poor performances. With some youth, it could help bring some mobility to the defense. This draft class can help define the future for the G-Men going forward. The draft will be held on Thursday, April 30 in Chicago at 8 p.m.

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