New York Giants Projected Depth Chart: A look at the defense

Mathias Kiwanuka - Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Now that the draft is history here is a look at the Giants' projected depth chart on defense.

The New York Giants selected defensive players in the second (defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins), third (defensive end Damontre Moore) and fifth rounds (Cooper Taylor, safety, Richmond) of the 2013 NFL Draft. With that in mind let's look at the PROJECTED post-draft depth chart from Ourlads, a respected independent NFL scouting service.

The first thing you notice is that Ourlads no longer lists Mathias Kiwanuka as a linebacker. Rather, it has Kiwanuka as a backup defensive end. There has been an expectation during the off-season that Kiwanuka would move back to defensive end full-time, but to completely erase him from the linebacker picture if premature. The Giants have made no such announcement and, in fact, GM Jerry Reese said prior to the draft that he thought Kiwanuka could still be shuffled back and forth. So, we don't know yet.

Speaking of linebackers. the depth chart shows that the roster is perilously thin at linebacker. You wonder if the Giants will bring in a free agent or simply address it from within by giving some of their undrafted free agents opportunities. Or, if the versatility of Kiwanuka and possibly Moore, along with Will Hill and the rookie Taylor will lead the Giants to carry fewer traditional linebackers on their 53-man roster.

Position

Player 1

Player 2

Player 3

Player 4

Player 5

LDE

Justin Tuck

Mathias Kiwanuka

Adrian Tracy

Matt Broha


LDT

Linval Joseph

Shaun Rogers

Marvin Austin

Bobby Skinner


RDT

Cullen Jenkins

Johnathan Hankins

Mike Patterson

Markus Kuhn


RDE

Jason Pierre-Paul

Damontre Moore

Adewale Ojomo

Justin Trattou


SLB

Keith Rivers





MLB

Dan Connor

Mark Herzlich

Jake Muasau



WLB

Jacquian Williams

Spencer Paysinger




LCB

Corey Webster

Jayron Hosley

Terrence Frederick

Antonio Dennard

Buddy Jackson

RCB

Prince Amukamara

Terrell Thomas

Aaron Ross

Trumaine McBride

Laron Scott

SS

Stevie Brown

Ryan Mundy

Cooper Taylor

Tyler Sash

David Caldwell

FS

Antrel Rolle

Will Hill




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