Continuing their free agent spending spree, the New York Giants are planning to host cornerback Jerraud Powers. Powers was originally drafted by Indianapolis Colts in the third round in the 2009 draft. The Auburn product spent his first four seasons with the Colts, and then made his way to the Arizona Cardinals for a three year stint. He accumulated 380 combined tackles over the course of his career and 11 interceptions.
The Giants are in desperate need of some depth at the cornerback position. Behind Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the newly acquired Janoris Jenkins, the Giants are quite thin. Trevin Wade showed some flashes last season, but was a bit shaky. Other than Wade the Giants have Leon McFadden and Tramain Jacobs, who both hopped back and forth from the active roster and the practice squad all of last season.
With the loss of Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley, and Trumaine McBride the Giants might want to look towards the draft for more depth and competition at the position. Powers could suffice as the nickel package cornerback or perhaps the slot cornerback. But after a season where the Giants ranked 32nd in the league in pass defense, one has to figure the Giants will do more to answer questions in the secondary. Even in the safety spot across from Landon Collins, the Giants have no definite starter.
However, with the other acquisitions the Giants have made along the defensive line in Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison, pressure can be taken off the secondary. After all, a classic Giants team has often sported a sack heavy defense that would force turnovers off of heavy quarterback pressure. The last two Giant Super Bowl wins came off of the amount of pressure put on Tom Brady, courtesy of the likes of Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Bringing in Powers for a workout seems to be a good choice. By no means a high price acquisition, Powers will bring some more depth to a much needed position and may not be the last. Unless the Giants look to the draft for some more talent, the Giants run the risk of injuries potentially taking over their defense. Without enough capable man power behind DRC and Jenkins, the Giants secondary can be easily exposed and be a victim of opposing quarterbacks for the second year in a row. But perhaps with a revamped defensive line, the Giants can overcome their depth issues and be as successful as they have been in years past.