Sure the Giants drafted perhaps the greatest TE in the history of the game in the first round last year. But they also set themselves up to realize just how much they're going to miss Dan Campbell by not re-signing him. They inked FB Jim Finn to take over a lot of Campbell's blocking responsibilities. But Campbell's locker room presence and occasional play-making ability from the TE spot will have to be replaced. Not to mention, the aforementioned Jeremy Shockey, one of the most important offensive players the team has had in years, really liked having Campbell around. Right now, the Giants boast only Marcellus Rivers in a reserve TE role. Expect that to change, perhaps as early as the third or fourth round.
Tight end is certainly not at the top of New York's wish list, but they see a need for a valuable backup who can catch and block, and deliver in case Shockey ever goes down. And there's a local product from Rutgers named L.J. Smith who might just be the answer. He's strong, has good body control and ran the 40 in less than 4.7 seconds. He just might be the newest TE on the Giants roster.
Last TE selected: Jeremy Shockey, Miami, Round 1, 2002
Overall position strength (on a scale of 1-10): 6
Number likely to be taken in first round: 2
Giants need (on a scale of 1 to 10): 6
When Giants might select: Round 4
Player to watch: L.J. Smith, Rutgers