With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The New York Giants.
Can the Giants find "ready to play" linebackers?
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese is known for his patience. He's known for drafting the best available player, rather than for need. He doesn't sound that patient this year.
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"In this day and age, bringing your draft picks in and just sitting them for a year or two, I think those days are dwindling away," Reese recently told reporters. Later he said he wanted at least a couple "ready to play" guys.
The Giants need "ready to play" guys in their linebacker group more than anywhere. Two starters from a year ago are off the team, and a third (Mathias Kiwanuka) is moving back to the defensive line to fill the hole left by Osi Umenyiora. The current starting linebackers for the Giants: Dan Connor, Jacquian Williams and Keith Rivers. All three are replaceable.
The Giants have long-term concerns on their offensive line, and it wouldn't be a surprise if they pick up a pass rusher at end or on the interior if value presents itself early. It would be a bigger surprise if Reese didn't draft at least one, if not two linebackers who ideally would step on the field and make an immediate impact.