All You Need to Know - Giants Predraft Roster

Jerry Reese certainly has some pretty big shoes to fill – his own. Last year, New York's rookie GM had about as good a draft as could be expected as the youthful Giants went on to shock the world and win Super Bowl XLII. Now all Reese has to do is go back out there and do it all over again. To say the expectations are high for a repeat performance this weekend would be an understatement.

However, it's not the least bit surprising that Reese is approaching things with a business-as-usual attitude. Of course Reese wasn't about to share any trade secrets about his intentions in the upcoming draft, but he did share a few thoughts with TGI as he prepared for the annual selection meeting.

"You are always on the lookout for young talent with the proper playing skills," Reese said. "It is always important to fill certain positions, but maybe more important is to make sure that if someone goes down, there is someone waiting to step up."

While all the experts seem certain of the Giants ‘needs,' no one can be sure of what Reese is thinking. After all, we all had him pegged for sure to take an OT or LB last April. Needless to say, his draft strategy a year ago worked out just fine.

"It's a combination of a lot of things," Reese explained. "Who's there? What are your needs? Who is the best player available? All of that applies."

All we can do to help Reese this time around is prep our loyal TGI readers with exactly how the Giants stack up at each position. Here follows TGI's position-by-position draft cheat sheet.

QB – It's safe to say that no one's looking for Big Blue to spend a draft pick on a quarterback right about now. If only that were the case last year, when fans and media alike couldn't wait to run Eli Manning out of town. Now, not only has Manning forever cemented his place in Giants history, but Reese signed another former top overall pick in David Carr to back him up. Jared Lorenzen is expected to hold off Anthony Wright for the third spot.

RB – The Giants' three-headed tailback returns, as Reese re-signed Derrick Ward, who played a big role for Big Blue last season, to back up Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. While Reuben Droughns' future is uncertain, the Giants also have highly thought-of Danny Ware in reserve, so it's not expected that they'll be looking for a running back either. Although, if someone they believe is a can't-miss is on the board, you never know. The Giants are equally set at fullback where Madison Hedgecock emerged in 2007 as a superb blocker.

WR – It wouldn't be a draft if folks didn't want the Giants to spend one of their early picks on a game-breaking, impact wide receiver. The bad news is that there are annually very few of these type creatures available on draft day. The good news is that the Giants already have a few on the roster in Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer. Steve Smith emerged as a solid and dependable third receiver and David Tyree also added to his WR résumé ever so slightly in the Super Bowl. The big question mark is Sinorice Moss, which is why the Giants just might make those WR-seeking fans happy on day one. Domenik Hixon and Michael Jennings can also contribute on special teams.

TE – You have to figure the Giants are feeling pretty good about their tight end situation as well. With a healthy Jeremy Shockey and a much more established and confident Kevin Boss on board, not to mention Michael Matthews having proven that he can block at a high level, if not catch the ball, the Giants are sitting pretty at tight end. Darcy Johnson, coming off injury, should compete for playing time as well.

OL – One can never have too many offensive tackles, but it certainly isn't as pressing a need as it appeared last season. David Diehl showed that he could not only play left tackle, but play it at a pretty high level and Kareem McKenzie posted by far his best season in New York at RT. The interior trio of Chris Snee, Shaun O'Hara and the recently re-signed Rich Seubert, round out quite a starting five. While Grey Ruegamer and former draft picks Guy Whimper and Adam Koets provide depth, it wouldn't at all be surprising if the Giants spend a pick on an offensive lineman of some sort.

DL – The big question remains of whether or not Michael Strahan will be back or not, but we here at TGI are remaining steadfast in our stance that the future Hall-of-Famer will return for another go-round. Either way, with Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, Big Blue is hardly hurting for pass-rushing prowess from its ends. Inside, however, the Giants could stand to draft a space-eating monster. The top three DTs – Fred Robbins, Barry Cofield and Jay Alford – played very well, but none showed to be a true run-stopper. A day two DT is probably in the cards.

LB – Okay, let's try this again: the Giants really need to draft a linebacker. That's really not the case this year either as New York has Mathias Kiwanuka returning from injury and veteran Danny Clark on board to provide insurance should Gerris Wilkinson falter on the weak side. With Antonio Pierce and Chase Blackburn manning the middle, only outside linebackers will be on the menu for Reese and Co, who lost both Kawika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor to free agency.

DB – You can never have too many cover cornerbacks … or dependable safeties, for that matter. With Aaron Ross and Corey Webster the established starters, the Giants could still stand to upgrade over veterans like Sam Madison and R.W. McQuarters, although R.W. was exceptional down the stretch last season. While a corner would always be welcomed, and may be a very high pick, the Giants are desperate to add safeties, especially since Gibril Wilson took the money and ran. The signing of veteran Sammy Knight bolsters the position some, but the jury is still out on whether or not super rookie Michael Johnson is ready to start – or if incumbent James Butler ever should have been starting in the first place.

STs – The re-signing of both punter Jeff Feagles and kicker Lawrence Tynes this offseason makes drafting a specialist highly unlikely.

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