Marvin Austin will return in 2012 to add a pass rusher at DT to go along with JPP & Tuck at DE. Canty is a great leader that adds a good veteran to the mix. Hard to upgrade this group, but I’m sure Jerry Reese will try.
The Giants’ O-Line really came through in the playoffs and Kevin Boothe was a great addition along the interior of their line. The Giants could add a bit more youth to the group but McKenzie, Snee, and Diehl are all still playing at a high level.
1. Matt Kalil – Kalil is better than his Pro Bowl brother and reminds me a lot of Jake Long. He kept Tyron Smith at RT for 3 years at USC and Smith is considered one of the best young tackles in the league.
2. Jonathan Martin – Martin kept Andrew Luck upright for his entire career. He is also as good a run blocker as he was a pass protector.
3. Riley Reiff – Another Iowa product. Reiff is just as tough as the tackles that have preceeded him, but he must show that his numbers can translate to athleticism on the field.
4. Mike Adams – Adams is a monster of a man, very similar to J. Ogden in the late 90’s. The Giants could use him at LT and move Diehl back to his natural guard position.
5. Zebrie Sanders – Sanders has the ideal size and length for the NFL, but he took too many plays off at FSU.
1. David DeCastro – Andrew Luck had 2 of the best 3 lineman in this draft class blocking for him and DeCastro is the best interior lineman here. HE is smart and is very familiar with a pro scheme.
2. Cordy Glenn – 6’6” 345lbs listed. He is a big boy and if he can stay in decent shape he will be a force. That’s a big if though.
3. Peter Konz – Konz blocked at Wisconsin, have you seen their running stats, this guy is the best center to come out of the past 5 drafts.
4. Kevin Zeitler – Another Wisconsin guy, see my above statement.
5. Ben Jones – An athletic center that really propelled the Bulldogs and QB Aaron Murray to the SEC Championship game.
1. Micheal Brockers – Brockers isn’t a pass rusher by trade but he makes a big impact in big games. He is used to facing the best competition in the NCAA and he is still getting better.
2. Jerel Worthy – Worthy is the most NFL ready DT in this class. I think he is a better player today than Brockers, but his upside isn’t as great.
3. Fletcher Cox – Fletcher Cox played in a good system at Mississippi State and he has the versatility to play in both the 3-4 and 4-3 schemes.
4. Devon Still – Still doesn’t play every snap hard and with defensive lineman that is the number one red flag.
5. Dontari Poe – A huge NG from Memphis. There are a lot of 3-4 teams that need a nose guard and he is the biggest and most experienced at that position.
1. Quinton Coples – Coples was an interior threat at North Carolina, but showed dominance on the edge during their bowl game. He has the perfect build for a 4-3 DE.
2. Whitney Mercilus – A one-year wonder or a late bloomer? That is the question. He was one-year starter at Illinois that led the nation with 16 sacks and 9 forced fumbles. His best days may still be ahead of him.
3. Andre Branch – Branch was a highly recruited end out of HS and was part of Clemson’s highly touted 2010 pass rush. He is as good as Bowers and Jenkins before him.
4. Nick Perry – He is projected to run well and impress in Indy, but he was very quiet during his career at USC. I’m not big on players that do nothing in College, but live off of potential.
5. Jared Crick – Crick got hurt but in my opinion he was better than JJ Watt from last years draft. He is an undersized 4-3 DT in my opinion or a 3-4 end, but he will start right away and add toughness to a team’s interior.