Eisen's Mailbag: Giants Draft priorities

Posted Feb 18, 2014's Michael Eisen answers fan questions on the team's 2014 Draft priorities

Michael, in your opinion, will the Giants draft more Eli Manning protection and address the secondary issues?

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Dear Bonita:
I believe the offensive line will be a primary focus in both free agency and the draft. But several other position groups will also be addressed, including the secondary. It’s too early to say if such an emphasis means the Giants will use their first round draft choice on, say, an interior lineman. The combine has yet to begin. But after absorbing 37 sacks, it‘s clear the protection in front of Manning must improve.

In all your years of doing this, what position do you think is the hardest to fill in free agency?

Dear Mike:
Wow, you make me sound old. I guess I am. The answer to your question is…quarterback. It’s very rare that a franchise quarterback jumps teams in free agency. If a team has a top-shelf quarterback, it’s going to keep that player before he hits free agency. Fortunately, the Giants have had Eli Manning for 10 years and haven’t had to shop in the free agency market.

Do you think that Ben McAdoo will really have the freedom to make significant changes to the Giants offense?

Dear Mike:
Absolutely. That’s why he was brought in. The Giants finished 28th in the league in both yardage and points. John Mara said the day after the season ended that the offense was “broken.”  McAdoo was brought in to fix it. He’ll get all the freedom he needs to do so.

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