Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/13/12
Even the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants have holes to fill this offseason, and it's not going to be easy. The Giants are tight on cap space, which forced them to restructure Eli Manning's contract and release Brandon Jacobs to get under the cap. Expect more cap clearing moves to be made because they still need to make room to extend and re-sign a few players. I expect the Giants to look to the Draft to fill some holes for another championship run.

One player the Giants MUST consider in the Draft is Coby Fleener of Stanford. He's expected to be picked in the late-first to early-second round, so it wouldn't be a reach and it's a position of need. The Giants lost both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum to torn ACL's in the Super Bowl, leaving them with only Bear Pascoe as of now. Ballard and Beckum are likely to start the season inactive, so this move gives them a potential starter and future Pro Bowler at the position.

Fleener has everything you look for physically in a tight end. He's 6'6'', 247 pounds, and did 27 reps at the Combine. He didn't run the 40-yard dash, but his time is expected to be in the 4.6 area, which is nice for a tight end. 

Giving Eli Manning an exceptional receiving tight end like Fleener to go along with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz would help ease the loss of Mario Manningham. Giving Manning a tight end who can go up and get the ball in the red zone and cause mismatches will make defensive coordinators crazy. If Fleener turns out to be as good as advertised, the Giants' passing game will be even better than it was.

Being 6'6'' is what really separates Fleener from the other top tight ends in this Draft. He's too tall for defensive backs, and too fast for linebackers. He also can make some very nice highlight reel catches. With Jimmy Graham's quick emergence and Rob Gronkowski's dominance last season, teams will start looking for something similar. Fleener fits that mold.

The need for a tight end is obvious, but Jerry Reese is known for picking the best player available at key positions, rather than picking for needs. However, picking this late in the Draft and the need being so huge, Reese better take a long look at this one.

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