Adding to the incredible depth the Giants display at defensive end is a ton of talent stock piled on the interior. All in all it should make a pretty complete and deep defensive line for the Giants this season.
At defensive tackle the Giants have second-round draft pick Linval Joseph, Barry Cofield, Jay Alford, Chris Canty, and Rocky Bernard. Just like with the defensive ends, these players could easily be starters on other teams.
Rocky Bernard was one of the three free agents the Giants brought in last season that disappointed them. Like the other two he had his share of injury problems and should look to bounce back this season. It is possible what the Giants got from him last year is what they will get in the future, but Bernard has played far better in each of his other seasons he has been in the league.
Canty was the second of the three picked up last season, and suffered from injury more than either Bernard or Boley did. In fact there were reports that his injury was season ending in training camp. He fought through it and eventually made his way onto the field when the team desperately needed him. While he did not make much of an impact he was not terrible, and with his second year in a 4-3 defense and a healthy start in training camp Canty should be able to improve his play.
Barry Cofield has been the teams top defensive tackle for a couple seasons now, but had a rough start to the season last year. He was coming back from off-season surgery on his knees and claims that had a big part to his slow start. He did pick up his play as the season progressed and has big motivation to take his play to the next level this season. In the off-season the Giants did not talk long-term with Cofield and when the Saints tried to trade for him, they low balled him with the contract offer. Cofield believes he is worth more and if he wants a larger contract he will have to earn it on the field.
Jay Alford is a penetrating defensive tackle that is probably the best pass rusher of the tackles. He showed promise in the preseason last year but got injured before the season started. If he comes back without delay from the injury he should be able to make an impact this season and show why so many people were talking about him early last year.
Finally Linval Joseph is an exciting player. He is a big body that can clog things up allowing the other line-men to get favorable blocks. He should be great against the run and prove to be a steal in the second-round. In mini-camps he outplayed first-round pick Pierre-Paul who has worlds of talent. The team speaks highly of his play and his attitude and could find himself in the starting line-up when the season starts.