TGI's Draft Info: DT's

Tackle is clearly the Giants' strongest need, primarily due to the uncertain status of both starters – Keith Hamilton (injury-related) and Cornelius Griffin (not).

Giants' top need is Draft's top value

Boy, oh boy, aren't the Giants lucky. Just when they're in dire straits in need of a defensive lineman, the NFL is running a clearance on excellent run-stopping 300-pounders and unstoppable pass-rushers. Talk about stepping in…the right place at the right time. There may be as many as 10-12 defensive linemen taken in the first round of the Draft alone. It would be quite surprising if the Giants don't end up with one of them.

Tackle is clearly the Giants' strongest need, primarily due to the uncertain status of both starters – Keith Hamilton (injury-related) and Cornelius Griffin (not). The Giants would love a player they could slide into the rotation at the start of the year and then have him elevate into the starting lineup by mid-season. They would also love that guy to be Penn State's Jimmy Kennedy or Oklahoma State's Kevin Williams. But they'd have to trade up to get either of those guys and are probably going to wait to see what's available when their pick comes at number 25. A likely candidate at that spot is Georgia's Johnathan Sullivan.

Despite signing veteran Keith Washington to split time with Kenny Holmes at right end, Washington is basically a run-stuffer. As a result, if New York sees a rush end it likes in the first round, the Giants won't hesitate to move in that direction. They'd be lucky if Miami's Jerome McDougle is available, and might even consider trading up for a Hurricane for the second consecutive year. New York could also do a lot worse than sitting tight at 25 and landing Penn State's Michael Haynes.

Last DL selected: Ross Kolodziej, Wisconsin, Round 7, 2001

Overall position strength (on a scale of 1-10): 10

Number likely to be taken in first round: 9

Giants need (on a scale of 1 to 10): 10

When Giants might select: Round 1

Player to watch: Antwan Peek, Cincinnati


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