The masses will come out and challenge you on your virtual pulpit and force you to defend your stance. Then, there's the alternative: you can give in.
It is no secret that I am calling for the Giants to get an impact player on defense, a player opponents must "gameplan" for. The basis for my suggestion is quite clear: they were blown out by the Packers, embarrassed twice by the Eagles and exposed by the Cowboys.
In each game, they allowed 27 or more points. In each game, the defense broke down and permitted - as Jerry Reese called it - "too many big plays over the top".
Let's also not forget that Dallas racked up 35 points against the Giants in a losing effort at Jerryworld and the Colts toasted them for 38 in a Week 2 smashing on national television.
But everyone seems to think the Giants are fine on defense. They are not. They stink. I don't care what the rankings say.
If they do not get a sack or hit on the quarterback, the back seven are roasted time and time again. They need to upgrade big time....
I'm not sure taking an offensive lineman in the first round will in any way solve these issues. Sure, it would go a long way to protect the health of Eli Manning. But they were already doing that.
The Giants gave up the least amount of sacks in 2010. Their rushing attack was ranked 6th overall, and would have been higher (and the Giants would have been playoff bound) if Ahmad Butterfingers Bradshaw would've held on the ball more often.
Yes, the offensive line is aging. Yes, they need to begin to back fill and begin to plan ahead. Yes, there are several young men in the draft who can help.
I see that, but an OT is not going to help stop Dez Bryant, Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, et al. (Sal Alosi just resigned from the Jets, maybe he can help).
One thing they can't do what they did last year when they drafted five defensive players that were projects: Jason Pierre-Paul, Linval Joseph, Phillip Dillard. Chad Jones and Adrian Tracy.
JPP was the only one who got on the field consistently, and that wasn't until later in the season. The jury is out on the rest, especially Jones, who was badly injured in an auto accident and whose future is still cloudy.
So, I am giving in to the readers. There are some quality OTs in this draft and they should grab one. But they still have figure out that back seven....