Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the New York Giants [full archive here].
Season Recap – The Giants finished the season with a solid 10-6 record, but had yet another late season collapse. They blew many leads in the fourth quarter and failed to beat the Packers in week 16, a game that would have put them in the playoffs. New York was solid on both sides of the ball and received contribution from a range of players. Tom Coughlin and the coaching staff return in hopes of getting back to the playoffs in 2011.
1. Left Tackle – William Beatty was horrible at left tackle, and David Diehl is better inside. The Giants can select a young tackle in this years draft and insert him to protect Eli Manning’s blind side. Anthony Castanzo would be a great fit.
2. Outside Linebacker – Michael Boley is the only solid OLB on the roster with Keith Bullock and Geris Wilkinson set to become free agents. This linebacker core hasn’t been settled since Antonio Pierce’s departure and it’s time for New York to upgrade. New York should take a long look at Bruce Carter in the 2nd.
3. Running Back – Ahmad Bradshaw is a free agent, and Brandon Jacobs hasn’t been on the greatest terms with the coaching staff. The Giants may have to bring in two new backs this offseason. There is a good amount of depth in the middle rounds of the draft for the Giants to choose from. Shane Vareen would be a nice addition.
4. Center – Long time plug, Shaun O’Hara will be 34 and is on the decline. Second year Mitch Petrus might move to the inside, but New York has to figure the position out. There will be options in the middle rounds of the draft.
5. Left Guard – Rich Seuburt, 32, recently had major knee surgery and may not be able to make it back in time for training camp. The Giants have had one of the top offensive line units these past couple seasons, but need to start adding some youth.