7 NFL Draft Prospects New York Giants Can’t Afford to Pass Up

The New York Giants will likely have fallback options for each of their seven picks in May’s NFL draft. Getting the players they want, though, without having to settle is obviously ideal.

Despite a strong showing in free agency, Big Blue still has several areas to bolster in the draft—most notably, tight end and the defensive and offensive lines. The following slides will discuss players that the Giants must select, if available, when they are on the clock.

A little housecleaning is necessary before we get started. … to continue reading go to Bleacher Report.

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How Will New York Giants’ Free-Agency Strategy Affect Their Draft Approach?

The New York Giants‘ draft strategy will remain the same in some respects following the moves they made in free agency. However, it also has been altered significantly due to what transpired during the last week.

Prior to March 11, it was conceivable that the Giants could draft a cornerback in the first round. In fact, I had two cornerbacks listed among the 16 players I included in a first-round big board for Big Blue back in late February. Now, after New York signed both Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond III, as well as re-signed Trumaine McBride, it is very likely they don’t draft a cornerback at all with any of their six picks.

In addition, offensive line becomes less of a priority after starting-caliber players like guard Geoff Schwartz and center J.D. Walton were inked to deals. … to continue reading go to Bleacher Report.

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Ranking New York Giants’ Best Remaining Free Agency Options

The New York Giants made plenty of solid moves during the first week of free agency. However, they still have some work to do before this key part of the offseason can be deemed a success.

Since free agency started on March 11, New York has addressed need areas like the offensive line—through the additions of guard Geoff Schwartz and center J.D. Walton—and running back—with the Rashad Jennings signing. Also, re-signing middle linebacker Jon Beason and inking outside linebacker Jameel McClain solidifies the second level of Big Blue’s defense.

Even the secondary looks deeper than it has in recent years, with safety Stevie Brown and cornerback Trumaine McBride back on the team and newcomers in cornerback Walter Thurmond III and safety Quintin Demps also figuring as key contributors (the latter more so as New York’s possible new kickoff return man). New York may not be done either, with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie still firmly in their sights despite their slew of secondary moves. … to continue reading go to Bleacher Report.

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Giants by the Numbers: 2013 Stats New York Must Improve in 2014

The story of the 2013 New York Giants is nicely told by key statistics they achieved during the course of the season. Unfortunately, the narrative is not an uplifting read if you are a Big Blue supporter.

New York was a team last season that struggled mightily to score points and turned the ball over at an alarming rate (its 44 turnovers were 10 more than anyone else in the NFL). The Giants also rolled out poor return units that severely downgraded the overall quality of the special teams. The stats we are about to evaluate provide clarity to these deficiencies and also speak to the consequences that resulted from the poor play.

In addition, a glaring weakness on a largely stellar defense is exposed. The resulting consequences contributed greatly to the Giants not having a legitimate chance at a playoff spot in the regular season’s final weeks. … to continue reading on Bleacher Report click here

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Why OG Gabe Jackson Is a Perfect Fit with the New York Giants

If the New York Giants aren’t seriously considering drafting left guard Gabe Jackson in the second round of the draft, which runs from May 8-10 this year, then now is the time to start.

The Mississippi State product is the ideal fit for New York at their weakest position, and, as of now, he should be available-based on projections from CBSSports.com—when Big Blue is on the clock with the 43rd pick. … to continue reading click here

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New York Giants’ Blueprint for Winning Free Agency

The blueprint for the New York Giants to have a winning free agency this offseason is not just about their ability to sign available players off other teams.

They also must make important decisions regarding their own players. For example, cutting longtime members of the franchise with bloated contracts may be necessary, as well as retaining some of their own free agents who figure to be crucial to the chances fora successful 2014 campaign. … to continue reading click here

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook for Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury has crossed over to the other side in the biggest rivalry in baseball, as the All-Star outfielder now figures to be the starting centerfielder for the New York Yankees for the foreseeable future. While fans of the team undoubtedly believe he is an upgrade, how do fantasy baseball 2014 owners feel about the move?

All one has to do is look at the field dimensions of both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium to notice that one favors righties, while the other favors lefties. For that reason, many fantasy baseball 2014 owners believe Ellsbury will see an increase in his home run numbers next season. It might just be an increase of less than five, but it is something to consider.

The biggest issue a lot of people have in taking Ellsbury super high in a draft is the fact that he has been a bit injury prone in his career. He has only played one full season in the last four years, even though last season he only missed a little bit of time. Fortunately, none of his injuries have held him back that much, and most importantly, he has that same speed he came into the majors with.

New York is overall a pretty old team, so expect them to utilize Ellsbury’s speed as much as possible. There is a very good chance he will lead the American League in stolen bases for the fourth time in his career. If he can hit around .300 and get to 20 home runs, we are looking at first round value for the fantasy baseball 2014 season.

Some question how good Ellsbury will be at the end of his contract, but next season he should be well worth the money. Feel confident in drafting him very early in your draft, as soon as the end of the first round.

Offseason Power Rankings for Every Player on New York Giants Roster

The Giants currently have over 90 players on their roster but during the next three months it will get trimmed down to 53 that will take the field against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1.

Last week, I undertook the lengthy task of ranking the 60 players that will most likely make up that roster or at least come close.

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