Providing on whose opinion you value the offensive line is still a priority. Others believe that fixing the defense is a more pressing need. Both camps are right.
The truth is, the offensive line has been getting piecemeal fixes the past two offseasons. In 2013, the Giants selected Justin Pugh in the first round of the draft. Last season, they spent a second round selection on Weston Richburg. They also added Geoff Schwartz, one of the league's top run-blocking linemen.
The fixes never got a real chance to set in. Schwartz broke his foot in the preseason and missed 15 games. Pugh suffered a sophomore jinx of sorts and was slowed by injury as well. Richburg, a center by trade, could not ace out free agent JD Walton in camp and ended up spelling Schwartz most of the season.
Will Beatty returned at LT and had a bounceback year of sorts. He had a Pro Football Focus rating of +13 on the season. RT John Jerry was able to play all 16 games, but the quality did not match the quantity.
Offensive line is still a priority, however, and some top draft experts believe the Giants will grab a top OL with the ninth overall selection on April 30.
ESPN's top two draft analysts, Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay, both have Iowa's Brandon Scherff mocked to the Giants at No. 9 in their latest predictions. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks does as well:
The Giants want to upgrade their offensive line with big, physical bodies on the edges. Scherff is a sound technician with strength to handle aggressive edge rushers.
Kiper and McShay see Scherff as a player who can handle both guard and tackle slots. NFL.com's Mike Mayock has Scherff listed as his top interior lineman.
WalterFootball.com has the Giants going OT with Miami's Ereck Flowers with Scherff dropping to the Vikings at No. 11.
Both would be helpful pickups, as would the return of a healthy Geoff Schwartz. The Giants have won four Super Bowls in their history. Just before they went on those runs, they retooled their offensive line.
They are doing it again. The offensive line will look much different in 2015, a season the Giants must show marked improvement in the standings.
This past week, the Giants signed the CFL's top lineman, Brett Jones of the Calgary Stampeders. Jones projects ad either a center or a guard. Should he arrive true to form and win the center position and Geoff Schwartz be able to assume a guard slot, the Giants will be on their way to rebuilding the line.
Here's what I see happening this summer...
Under contract: JD Walton, Dallas Reynolds, Brett Jones, Weston Richburg, Geoff Schwartz, Justin Pugh, Will Beatty, Brandon Mosley, Eric Herman, Adam Gettis, Michael Bamiro, Emmett Cleary, Troy Kropog
Free agents: James Brewer, John Jerry, Adam Snyder
Center: It's going to come down to Richburg and Jones with Walton probably getting pushed to the roster bubble. Richburg was drafted to be the center of the future but those apparently have been altered. The loser could end up at guard.
Tackle: Beatty was better in 2014, but the Giants can't be sold on him being the LT for much longer. Pugh had a nice rookie season in 2013, but his performance last season was not nearly as strong. There is a possibility a draft choice pushes one of them to another position, or the Giants swing Schwartz out to tackle.
Guard: Richburg or Jones will make a case for one of the spots and Schwartz, if not moved to tackle, will assume the other. If Scherff is drafted, he'll surely make that more difficult. Pugh could get moved inside as well, convoluting things further.
This is all contingent on the Giants not landing a viable free agent, which, with the salary cap rising, is not out of the question.