Originally posted on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 4/24/13
Isaiah Kristian Matte BGB Contributor With the first round of the NFL draft a day away, here's a look at the players the Giants most likely could be targeting in their spots. 1-19: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia. The Giants have been needing to draft a linebacker in the first round for years and haven't done so since Carl Banks was taken 3rd overall in 1984. This former safety has gotten in trouble before, but it hasn't stopped Jerry Reese getting a guy with red flags (see Manningham, Bradshaw, Austin, even Hakeem Nicks). He can cover tight ends and even slot guys with ease, also had 115 tackles in a shortened season due to a 4 game suspension. He needs help in his run defense, but he's a Fewell type of player. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State; Bjoern werner, DE, Florida State, Johnathan Cooper, G, UNC (if he falls), Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC, Shelden Richardson, DT, Missouri, DJ Hayden, CB, Houston 2-49: Margus Hunt, DT, SMU He will be 26 years old once the season starts, but he's got a long football shelf life since he's a former track and field athlete (shot put) for his native Estonia. He's an absolute freak of nature at 6'8, 277 pounds, versatile as he also can play DE, and has an 84 inch wingspan. Patterson and Jenkins were good signings for the Giants, but Linval Joseph needs a partner to play with on the line. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State, Larry Warford, G, Kentucky, Kyle Long, OT/G, Oregon, Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana, Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama, Jamie Collins, DE/LB, Southern Mississippi 3-81: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M Speedy, smart and sure handed slot option in case Victor Cruz doesn't humble himself enough or needs to leave to find greener ($$$) pastures. He was arguably the MVP in the game against Alabama, helping Johnny Manziel defeat the current Goliath of college football last season. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers; Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia; David Quessenberry, OL, San Jose State, Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati 4-116: Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee Finally, a guy who can play guard and tackle to spell Diehl if needed. He's one of the most underrated prospects in this draft. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas; Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers; Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU; Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma; Shaun Williams, S, Georgia; Brian Schwenke, C, California; 5-152 - David Bass, DE, Missouri Western Division 2 superstar with some speed. he had 56 tackles for a loss and 39 1/2 sacks in his four year career at that school. He's raw but could work his way into an underrated rotation with Adewale Ojomo and Adrian Tracy. I see this as a Jerry Reese type of pick. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: AJ Klein, ILB, Iowa State; Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois; Brandon McGee, CB, U of Miami; Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State, Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama 6-187 - Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky Had 3 sacks against Alabama last season, which is an accomplishment, considering how good that offensive line was in the league last year. He, however, is coming off a torn ACL. The Giants love pass rushers and this dude gets after it. He is also a lean 250 pounds. He's still really quick and has good technique. Another Reese kind of pick. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Luke Marquardt, OT, Azuza Pacific; Stepfon Jefferson, RB, Nevada; Denard Robinson, WR/KR, Michigan 7-225 - Zeke Motta, S, Notre Dame 7-253 - Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vanderbilt; Jeff Baca, G, UCLA; Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State; Jordan Kovacs, S, Michigan
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