2013 NFL Offseason: New York Giants
Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents
New York Giants (Last Year: 9-7)
2013 NFL Draft Grade: B
Please note that the overall grade is not an average of all the individual grades. Other things are taken into account like team needs and goals.
Goals Entering the 2013 NFL Draft: The Giants, like the Steelers, are a smart organization that catches falling prospects. Look for them to take the best players available to bolster their roster. They don't need to do anything specific, outside of finding help for their linebacking corps.
2013 NFL Draft Accomplishments: Like the Pittsburgh, Green Bay and Baltimore general managers, Jerry Reese is usually patient and lets top prospects fall to him. He changed his plans in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, however, reaching for Justin Pugh at No. 19 overall. It wasn't nearly as egregious of a reach as Dallas with Travis Frederick, but the Syracuse lineman was selected too early nonetheless.
Reese seemed to snap out of it after that, as his next three selections, Johnathan Hankins, Damontre Moore and Ryan Nassib, were all picked later than they were projected to go. The middle choice is especially interesting, as Moore was once projected to go No. 2 overall to the Jaguars. His stock plummeted because of a terribly slow 40 and some character concerns, but the Giants will get the most out of his natural ability.
Outside of taking Pugh, the one thing I'd change about this solid draft class is the Giants' refusal to take a linebacker. Instead of Hankins at No. 49, I would have opted for Arthur Brown. He would have been a tremendous boost in a weak linebacking corps.
2013 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
19. Justin Pugh, OT/G: C+ Grade
The good news is that Justin Pugh can pretty much play anywhere on the offensive line. The bad news is that Justin Pugh is a reach at No. 19. It's unlike the Giants to make a pick like this. It'd be one thing if they were desperate for a left tackle, but they just re-signed William Beatty to a long-term deal. Pugh can play right tackle, and he would probably be an upgrade over David Diehl. Still, there were better options available.
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49. Johnathan Hankins, NT, Ohio State: B Grade
The Giants signed Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson in free agency, but they apparently wanted a larger body. Johnathan Hankins was once projected in the first round, but this is the right range for him. This is a decent choice that makes sense.
81. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: A+ Grade
Wow. I never would have imagined Damontre Moore falling this far back in January when nearly everyone had him going in the top five. Moore struggled terribly at the Combine, running a 4.9 40, and then some character issues surfaced. It's understandable why he maybe dropped out of the first round, but there's no reason why he should have been available near the end of the second day. He's just too talented.
110. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse: A- Grade
When Doug Marrone passed on Ryan Nassib, the other 31 teams in the league had to think, "WTF is wrong with this guy?" But I'm sure the Giants looked hard at his tape Friday night and decided that they wanted to draft him as a developmental quarterback whom they could either use as Eli Manning's replacement down the road or trade to a team that needs a signal-caller in the future (think Ryan Mallett with the Patriots). I like this move a lot.
152. Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond: B- Grade
Cooper Taylor drew a ton of attention in pre-draft visits, so it's not surprising to see him get drafted in the fifth round. I feel like this is a bit early for him, but he does fill a need for safety depth with Kenny Phillips gone.
225. Eric Herman, G, Ohio: B Grade
If Justin Pugh plays right tackle, Eric Herman could eventually compete for a guard spot. This is a solid pick.
253. Michael Cox, RB, UMass: B- Grade
Andre Brown will be hitting free agency next year, so the Giants will need someone to step up behind David Wilson if he's not retained.
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The Giants have been so hit or miss late in the year under Tom Coughlin. They either get super hot and go on a deep run into the playoffs, or they absolutely implode. It was the latter in 2012; following a 6-2 start, New York suffered inexplicable blowout defeats against the Bengals, Falcons and Ravens. The team got its act together and slaughtered the quitting Eagles in Week 17, but didn't get the support it needed in the other games in order to sneak into the postseason. It's safe to say the rest of the NFC (as well as the Patriots) was happy about that.
- Two Offensive Tackles: William Beatty was rock solid at left tackle this past season, but he's set to hit free agency. Meanwhile, right tackle David Diehl was a human turnstile. Re-signing Sean Locklear would help. Unfortunately, the top tackles are likely to be off the board by No. 19 overall this April. Re-signed William Beatty
- Two Linebackers: General manager Jerry Reese said that there needs to be better linebacker play next year. Chase Blackburn, who struggled, is a free agents. Michael Boley was cut. At least one early selection will be used to upgrade the linebacking corps. Re-signed Keith Rivers; signed Dan Connor
- Cornerback: I don't know what happened to Corey Webster, but he was torched relentlessly this year. Signed Aaron Ross
- Defensive End: Both Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck were huge disappointments in 2012. The former is a free agent. The Giants have to bolster their pass rush across from Jason Pierre-Paul.
- Defensive Tackle: Rocky Bernard is a free agent, while Marvin Austin has yet to show anything. Also, Chris Canty was cut. A mid-round pick could be used on help here. Signed Cullen Jenkins; re-signed Shaun Rogers
- Left Guard: Kevin Boothe needs to be re-signed unless New York feels 2012 fourth-rounder Brandon Mosley is ready to step in. Re-signed Kevin Boothe
- Tight End: Martellus Bennett played well for the Giants last year, but he signed with the Bears. Signed Brandon Myers; re-signed Bear Pascoe
- Kicker: Lawrence Tynes' contract will expire in March. Signed Josh Brown and David Buehler
- Quarterback: The Giants could use a better backup behind Eli Manning than Curtis Painter. Re-signed David Carr
- Wide Receiver: The front office may spend a late-round pick on a wideout if both Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden leave. Signed Louis Murphy
2013 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Brandon Myers, TE, Raiders. Age: 27.
Signed with Giants
Brandon Myers isn't much of a blocker, but he was a very dependable target for Carson Palmer in 2012, catching close to 80 balls.
Cullen Jenkins, DE/DT, Eagles. Age: 32.
Signed with Giants (3 years, $8 million)
Cullen Jenkins just turned 32, but he did a good job of being an interior pass-rusher this past season. He struggled a bit in run support though.
Josh Brown, K, Bengals. Age: 34.
Signed with Giants
Josh Brown hit 11-of-12 kicks in 2012, but he's one year removed from going just 21-of-28.
Dan Connor, ILB, Cowboys. Age: 28.
Signed with Giants
Dan Connor has been a disappointment in his pro career thus far, but he's a very good reserve linebacker and an OK spot starter in the middle of a 3-4 defense.
- Aaron Ross, CB, Jaguars. Age: 30. -- Signed with Giants
- Mike Patterson, DT, Eagles. Age: 30. -- Signed with Giants
- Louis Murphy, WR, Panthers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Giants
- Ryan Mundy, S, Steelers. Age: 28. -- Signed with Giants
New York Giants Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
Victor Cruz (RFA), WR, Giants. Age: 26.
Tendered by Giants (1st round)
Victor Cruz proved that his amazing 2011 season was no fluke, catching 86 balls for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns this past year. He carried the receiving corps when Hakeem Nicks was out.
Will Beatty, OT, Giants. Age: 28.
Re-signed with Giants (5 years, $38.75 million)
Will Beatty was heavily penalized in 2012, but otherwise served as an outstanding left tackle for Eli Manning.
Kenny Phillips, S, Giants. Age: 26.
Signed with Eagles
Kenny Phillips is one of the better safeties when healthy, but he missed most of 2012 with a knee injury.
Stevie Brown (RFA), S, Giants. Age: 26.
Re-signed with Giants (1 year, $2 million)
Stevie Brown was impressive in relief of an injured Kenny Phillips, picking off eight passes. His one weakness is run support.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants. Age: 27.
It seems like Ahmad Bradshaw has been around forever, but he'll be just 27 in March. Bradshaw has averaged at least 4.5 yards per carry in all but one season in his career thus far. He's also terrific on third downs as a receiver and pass-protector. The one negative is his durability; he always seems to be bothered by a foot injury. He's had so many surgeries on his feet that he may not be able to hold up much longer.
Kevin Boothe, G/C, Giants. Age: 30.
Re-signed with Giants (1 year)
Kevin Boothe is a tough run-blocker. He's versatile enough to play center as well.
Martellus Bennett, TE, Giants. Age: 26.
Signed with Bears
Martellus Bennett was solid all around for the Giants in terms of receiving and blocking. He proved that he can be a quality starting tight end in the NFL, so he'll be rewarded accordingly.
Lawrence Tynes, K, Giants. Age: 35.
Lawrence Tynes went 33-of-39 in 2012, but only 1-of-3 from 50-plus.
Osi Umenyiora, DE, Giants. Age: 31.
Signed with Falcons
Osi Umenyiora had some decent games this past season, but was mostly invisible. It's fair to wonder if Umenyiora's talents have eroded. He'll be 32 in November.
Sean Locklear, OT, Giants. Age: 32.
Sean Locklear was a major upgrade over David Diehl at right tackle. He pass protected well, but didn't open up any running lanes. Unfortunately, he's a 32-year-old coming off knee surgery.
Chris Canty, DE/DT, Giants. Age: 30.
Signed with Ravens
Chris Canty served as a solid interior pass-rusher prior to 2012, but was ineffective last year because of a nagging knee injury. Perhaps he'll be able to rebound next season, but he'll be 31 in November, so his best days are behind him. He can play in both the 4-3 and 3-4.
Chase Blackburn, ILB, Giants. Age: 30.
Signed with Panthers (2 years)
Chase Blackburn was OK at times last year, but killed his team in some games. He needs to be upgraded.
Keith Rivers, OLB, Giants. Age: 27.
Re-signed with Giants
Keith Rivers has the potential to be ranked way better, but he can't stay healthy.
- Rocky Bernard, DT, Giants. Age: 34.
- Domenik Hixon, WR, Giants. Age: 28. -- Signed with Panthers
- Ramses Barden, WR, Giants. Age: 27.
- Bear Pascoe, TE, Giants. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Giants (1 year, $715,000)
- Michael Boley, OLB, Giants. Age: 31.
- Shaun Rogers, DT, Giants. Age: 34. -- Re-signed with Giants
- Kregg Lumpkin, RB, Giants. Age: 29.
- Travis Beckum, TE, Giants. Age: 26.
- Justin Tryon, CB, Giants. Age: 29.
- David Carr, QB, Giants. Age: 34. -- Re-signed with Gia
- Brian Witherspoon, CB, Giants. Age: 28. nts
- Ryan Torain, RB, Giants. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Giants
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