In a four-part series, we will be looking at both New York football teams position-by-position and determining if they need help via the upcoming NFL Draft. In part one, we’ll dive into the offensive side of the depth chart for the New York Giants, who finished at 8-8 and 3rd place in the NFC East.

Quarterback: The current quarterback situation is just peachy in New York. Eli is willing and able to be a solid starting QB in this league for many more years. Also, backup Jim Sorgi just came over from Indy, so now he can hold the clipboard another Manning brother.

Highest round they should draft one? 6th or 7th round, if Rhett Bomar isn’t the solution at third string.

Running backs: The pieces are certainly in place at the top of the depth chart. Brandon Jacobs is the bruiser who wears down the defense while Ahmad Bradshaw comes in at the end to use his speed to break off long runs. Injuries have been an issue, so more depth behind them might not be the worst idea.

Highest round they should draft one? 4th round. It’s not as pressing a need as other positions.

Wide Receivers: There really are no more open slots at wide receiver for the G-Men. Steve Smith and Mario Manningham emerged as weapons this year, and rookie Hakeem Nicks showed flashes of brilliance. The other youngsters will compete for positions in the return game.

Highest round they should draft one? 6th or 7th round. This person shouldn’t be a starter, but only to push Sinorice Moss and Domenik Hixon.

Tight end: Kevin Boss isn’t the Jeremy Shockey replacement that the Giants thought he would be, but he probably has another year before replacements will be sought after. Travis Beckum, a third-round selection from last year, fell because of a broken leg in college, and should be productive if given the opportunity.

Highest round they should draft one? 7th round or later. There are much bigger needs for the Giants.

Offensive Tackle: Ah, here we go. As columnist/New York Giants specialist Mike Utaloski pointed out in his article, the Giants should start to “reload” instead of “rebuild” the line, considering age and the possibility of free agent departures.

Highest round they should draft one? 1st or 2nd round. It depends on how urgent they feel their defensive needs are, but a high pick needs to be utilized on the line.

Interior Offensive Line: The inside of the line is much better off than the tackles, but depth may be needed to protect the shoulder of Rich Seubert.

Highest round they should draft one? 3rd or 4th round. There never is too early of a time to draft an offensive lineman, as I pointed out here.

What do you think of the Giants? Is their offense as well off as I make it to be, or do they need more help? Expect part two to look into the New York Jets’ offense on Friday!

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