Here's two candidates for the Giants to consider with the 19th overall selection in April's NFL Draft....
I'm going to assume the Giants will be scouring the free-agent market for offensive lineman and another TE, so I'm looking defense in the first round.
I've got some worries about Osi Umenyiora's physical condition. In 2010, he was all over the place and had a tremendous season, but his health has come into question. He just had hip surgery this week and who knows where he'll be on the recovery scale come training camp.
Same goes for Mathias Kiwanuka. Is his neck injury a career-ender? I hope not, but when asked about Kiwi's status recently, Jerry Reese addressed the question with guarded optimism.
The Giants need a LB who can rush the passer. Plain and simple. Clint Sintim can do that, but the rest of his game has held him back. Perhaps Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan is the answer.
Kerrigan is big and quick. He can rush the passer, attack the run and cover receivers out of the backfield. At 6'4", 263 Kerrigan is extremely versatile and has a nose for the football. He is projected as a DE/OLB, but he can play that Kiwi role in the Giants defense. They need a playmaker on D....I think Kerrigan can be that guy.
The question Jerry Reese should be asking himself is....how can I trade up to get his guy? He might end up being another Clay Matthews. You can't afford not to explore this....
Plus....he's perfect for the New York Football Giants....Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year....Team co-captain ... received team's Most Valuable Player Award for defense ... first unanimous All-American at Purdue since 1980 and merely the seventh in school history ... named first team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association, The Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America, the Associated Press and The Sporting News ... Si.com first team All-American ..
Another prospect is J.J. Watt of Wisconsin. When I see Watt - a 6"6", 292 lb monster - I see a younger Jared Allen. He's a tough kid and the Giants need to start scaring offenses again.
He's the Giants' type of kid, too...... Lott IMPACT Trophy winner ... AP and SI second-team All-American ... consensus first-team All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Team MVP ... a leader as well as a playmaker.
Watt is forgoing his senior season at Wisconsin, but he'll be somebody's first rounder. Whoever passes on him will regret it.