There are three games yet to play in the 2014 NFL season. For the New York Giants, though, the present is really all about the future, all about getting ready for 2015. With that in mind, what better way is there to spend a snowy (at least here in upstate New York) Wednesday evening than with a little discussion of the 2015 NFL Draft.
The question tonight, in a very preliminary sort of way, is how does the 2015 draft class match up to what might be considered the needs of the Giants.
Now, I always go by the motto that you never know ahead of time exactly what your needs are, or are going to be. Free agency, injuries and players who surprise or disappoint always play roles in that. At a glance, though, you would say the Giants could use help in their defensive front seven, an offensive lineman, maybe at safety and maybe the addition of one more play-maker, be that at wide receiver or running back.
So, how is this class stocked in those areas?
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is one of the leading draft analysts, and he recently published a preliminary look at the upcoming draft.
Offensive line -- McGinn quotes a scout as saying the draft is "a very deep draft for tackles." That is good news for the Giants, especially if you think perhaps the Giants should move Justin Pugh inside and look for a right tackle to complete their line. Brandon Scherff (Iowa) and Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) top the list.
Defensive line -- McGinn's analysis lists several players who might intrigue the Giants, including Eddie Goldman (Florida State), Shane Ray (MIssouri) and Shawn Oakman (Baylor).
Linebackers -- Want a middle linebacker? Right now, McGinn says Benardrick McKinney of Mississippi State, a junior, is your guy, if he enters the draft. McGinn's analysts says Shaq Thompson of Washington is the best outside 'backer.
Play-makers -- McGinn says this "looks to be another stellar year for wide receivers," led by Amari Cooper (Alabama), Kevin White (West Virginia) and deVante Parker (Louisville). McGinn also lists several intriguing running backs, including Alabama junior T.Y. Yeldon.
[NOTE: It must be time to begin really looking at the draft because ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. is holding a conference call on Thursday. Yours truly expects to be on that call, so stay tuned to read what the perfectly-coiffed one has to say.]