Check out photos of the key offensive linemen at the 2015 NFL Combine
- Offensive Line**
Running the ball and stopping it were two problem areas for the Giants last season. And it's where we will start the list. After adding Geoff Schwartz and J.D Walton via free agency last year and drafting Weston Richburg, the Giants can never have enough quality offensive linemen in front of quarterback Eli Manning, and a consistent running game never hurts.
In his closing remarks on the 2014 season, president and chief executive officer John Mara said Manning will only improve with a second year under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and that the team needs to give the two-time Super Bowl MVP "a little bit of help, particularly on the offensive line."
Now to the prospects. According to NFL.com, the top offensive linemen expected to participate in the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine are T.J Clemmings (Pittsburgh), OT Andrus Peat (Stanford), Brandon Scherff (Iowa), La'el Collins (LSU) and Ereck Flowers (Miami).
Check out photos of the key defensive linemen at the 2015 NFL Combine
- Defensive Line**
The second part of the equation is bolstering the defensive line, which everyone knows how important it is to new-old defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The Giants finished last in the NFL in allowing 4.94 yards per carry last season, and coach Tom Coughlin knows that needs to change in 2015. "Well, we need a little help, there's no doubt," Coughlin said at the end of the season. "We have a draft, we have an offseason. Hopefully, we can add to it. Got some young defensive linemen. Got some young offensive linemen. Got to get better in some spots. Got to be stronger."
At the combine, some of the big names to look for are Dante Fowler (DE/OLB, Florida), Randy Gregory (DE/OLB, Nebraska), Shane Ray (DE, Missouri), Danny Shelton (NT, Washington), Leonard Williams (DT, USC), Arik Armstead (DT, Oregon) and Malcom Brown (DT, Texas).
Check out photos of the key LBs at the 2015 NFL Combine
Including the hybrid outside pass-rushers mentioned above, there are plenty of quality linebackers in the upcoming combine and draft. In total, nine linebackers made NFL.com's list of top 50 draft prospects (http://www.nfl.com/top50). Among those to watch next week during drills are Benardrick McKinney (ILB, Mississippi St.), Bud Dupree (OLB, Kentucky), Denzel Perryman (ILB, Miami), Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson) and Shaq Thompson (OLB, Washington).
Check out photos of the key DBs at the 2015 NFL Combine
Injuries ravaged the Giants' roster in 2014, especially in the secondary. Despite losing players like Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond III and Trumaine McBride, there were no excuses for the defense finishing 29th in yards allowed. "We lost some of our best defensive players during the course of the year; there is no question about that," Mara said in the same press conference at the end of the year. "Some guys may be getting a little older that need to be replaced. We certainly need to put some better players out there."
The top college safeties out there are Landon Collins (Alabama) and Gerod Holliman (Louisville), while the cornerbacks to watch are Trae Waynes (Michigan St.), P.J. Williams (Florida St.) and Marcus Peters (Washington), according to NFL.com.
Check out photos of the key WRs invited to the 2015 NFL Combine
- Wide Receivers**
Since drafting a top wide receiver turned out so well last year, why not do it again? Like linemen, Manning can never have too many threats in the passing game. Eight wide receivers made the top 50 list of prospects: Amari Cooper (Alabama), Kevin White (West Virginia), DeVante Parker (Louisville), Dorial Green-Beckham (Missouri), Devin Smith (Ohio St.), Devin Funchess (Michigan), Jaelen Strong (Arizona St.) and Nelson Agholor (USC).