We looked at the New York Giants' projected 2014 depth chart a couple of weeks ago, but much has happened since. So, let's take another pre-2014 NFL Draft look at where the Giants' roster currently stands.
Scroll through the positions and you will see that GM Jerry Reese and the Giants have put themselves in a position where there is no position they absolutely "must" address, especially in the first round. They could justifiably go offensive line, defensive line, wide receiver, tight end or even linebacker in the first round, depending on what they perceive as the best value.
With the current roster you have to believe the draft sets up as offense-heavy, and you would have to think the tight end, wide receiver and center positions would be addressed at some point. Reese, though, has filled enough holes via free agency that there should be no need to "force" a pick or reach simply because there is a position that must be addressed.
One other idea I wanted to address while we were looking at the roster is the idea I have seen expressed that the Giants are really building for two years down the road -- that it will take two drafts to put them in position to be a Super Bowl contender.
To be honest, that's a silly notion. The Giants are building for NOW. They have the league's oldest coach, and the clock is ticking on how long he will remain on the sidelines. They have a veteran quarterback whose prime is near its end. They haven't made the playoffs in two years. They are not a team that went 3-13 and is rebuilding. The Giants are in this for 2014. Their roster is not as deep as those possessed by the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and some other teams. Remember, though, the Giants weren't the most talented team in the league when they won those two Super Bowls under Tom Coughlin, either.
Carl Banks said on Twitter Wednesday that "the Giants didn't buy futures in FA." I have to agree.
What Reese bought, for the most part, are players he hopes are in or entering their primes and not past them. Players he hopes will help the Giants get back where they want to be in 2014 -- and then have enough prime years left to help them stay there.
QB -- Eli Manning, Curtis Painter, Ryan Nassib
RB -- Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis, David Wilson, Michael Cox, Kendall Gaskins
FB -- John Conner, Henry Hynoski
TE -- Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells
WR -- Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Mario Manningham, Julian Talley, Kris Adams, Marcus Harris, Preston Parker
LT -- Will Beatty, Charles Brown, John Jerry, Troy Kropog
LG -- Geoff Schwartz, John Jerry, James Brewer, Eric Herman, Stephen Goodin
C -- J.D. Walton, Dallas Reynolds, Stephen Goodin
RG -- Chris Snee, John Jerry, Brandon Mosley, Eric Herman, Stephen Goodin
RT -- Justin Pugh, Charles Brown, John Jerry, Steven Baker
DT -- Johnathan Hankins, Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn
DE -- Jason Pierre-Paul, Robert Ayers, Mathias Kiwanuka, Damontre Moore, Kendrick Adams
SLB -- Jameel McClain
MLB -- Jon Beason, Mark Herzlich, Allen Bradford
WLB -- Spencer Paysinger, Jacquian Williams, Spencer Adkins
CB -- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond, Trumaine McBride, Zack Bowman, Jayron Hosley, Charles James, Laron Scott, Travis Howard
S -- Antrel Rolle, Will Hill, Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps, Cooper Taylor, Junior Mertile, Chaz Powell, Ross Weaver