As we head into the 2011 draft lets take a look at what the Giants could/will be thinking by taking a look at the first 3 rounds (in order 1, 2, 3) in the past 6 years drafts.
2010 Jason Pierre Paul, LInval Joseph, Chad Jones
Now I will break down position wise where the Giants value talent.
1st round 2 DEs, 2 DBacks 1 WR
2nd round 2 Dbacks, 2 WR, 1 DT, 1 OL, 1 LB
3 round 1 DE, 1 DT, 1 LB, 1 CB, 3 WR
Now lets count them up, because the top 3 are in the majority of making bigger contributions than rounds 4-7.
3 DEs, 2 DTs (thats a total of 5 Dlinemen)
6 WR (I think we are set here and most likely will not be taking a receiver in the draft, getting lots of talented players with different skill sets is important to Eli's progress)
Now depending on what happens with the CBA there could or could not be FA before the draft. I think most owners/GMs and the like would prefer to have a new CBA in place in order to have the core players and FAs that are out there already signed, making the draft progress much easier because teams already know what they got. Taking a look at the top 3 rounds we have 8 current starters, several young role players (who are getting better) and only 2 players that are not currently still with the team (Moss, Alford).
We most likely do not need to draft a receiver, but with as many injuries as the unit suffered last year a top talent could fall into our laps and the Giants have shown in the past they like WR early in the draft. Kiwinuka is coming back (???) from a major injury and Barry Cofield may or may not get his big payday. The Giants like taking defensive lineman early in the draft and most likely that trend will continue. In case anyone forgot the Giants FO places more importance on the Dline than the LBs. This is common among teams employing a 4-3 Defense. The Giants also have placed a high importance in the secondary, and this years unit was one of the best the Giants have ever had. Unfortunately it still has a long way to go, but addressing the LB situation this season could help out the safeties.
Now I personally think the Giants will take the best player on the board when they pick, excluding a QB. The best players are usually DE, DT, CB, WR. Sitting at the 19th pick, the Giants will be picking for value. I've already laid out what the Giants have shown they value. I'm putting my money on a defensive lineman or a defensive back in the first, and then OL and LB in the 2nd and 3rd. History tends to repeat itself and organizations like the Giants thrive in selecting the BPA.