To talk Giants, we turn to Eric Kennedy of Big Blue Interactive. And because it got so much attention in 2010 — and because Mike Pouncey is such a popular mock draft pick for the G-Men — we start with the offensive line.
1. That offensive line is getting mighty old. Is this the year it gets retooled in the draft?
There are three starters with age concerns (Shaun O’Hara, Kareem McKenzie, and Rich Seubert), but the other two starters are very much in their prime (Chris Snee and David Diehl). Just as big of an issue are injury concerns to players such as O’Hara, Seubert, Shawn Andrews, and Adam Koets. The Giants address the offensive line every year and this year will be no different. They have a couple of interesting prospects in William Beatty and Mitch Petrus. More youth will undoubtedly be added in this draft. The Giants will look at tackle and a center/guard type.
2. What other positions of need must they address in this draft?
The Giants could look to strengthen their roster in a lot of places. On defense, everyone says linebacker and that is true, but it would not be a shock to see the Giants draft a defensive lineman or defensive back early. On offense, a viable backup tight end who can block would be attractive. A running back with special skills would also be appealing.
3. Any specific players you’re hoping they grab with that first-round pick?
Not really. I learned a long time ago that rooting for one particular player over another on draft day is silly. Every year the experts give their post-draft grade and every year those experts are usually wrong. All that matters is that the Giants draft good players that can come in and contribute for multiple years. Also, keep in mind that the 2011 draft is more about seasons beyond the 2011 season. Someone who flashes early but is not on the team in four years is a wasted draft pick.