Determined Giants on the defensive as draft nears

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The biggest reason the New York Giants missed the playoffs last season was defense.

The unit that helped Tom Coughlin's crew win its second Super Bowl in five years in February 2012 was among the NFL's worst last season

The defensive line didn't get to the quarterback as much, and it certainly didn't stop the run. The linebackers were ineffective and the secondary had trouble covering receivers.

In the end, New York lost two of its final three games and finished 9-7.

So, heading into the NFL draft on Thursday, look for the Giants to fill many holes on defense in the seven rounds.

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