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New York Giants: Team Draft Needs

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.

Team Draft Picks (8)

Round 1 (19)
Round 2 (49)
Round 3 (81)
Round 4 (116)
Round 5 (152)
Round 6 (187)
Round 7 (225)
Round 7 (253)

1. Linebacker


As of right now, the Giants will start Keith Rivers, Dan Connor and Jacquian Williams in the middle line of their defense. The team also lacks depth behind that unimpressive trio. Simply put, the Giants need options both on the inside and outside of their linebacking corps. Multiple bodies, with probably at least two being starting-caliber bodies.

Potential Targets:

First round


Alec Ogletree, Georgia
Arthur Brown, Kansas State
Kevin Minter, LSU
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

Second round

Sio Moore, Connecticut
Kiko Alonso, Oregon

Third round

DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina
Jon Bostic, Florida
Kevin Reddick, North Carolina

Fourth round

Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
Sean Porter, Texas A&M
Keith Pough, Howard
Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers

Fifth through seventh rounds

Chase Thomas, Stanford
Nico Johnson, Alabama
Jelani Jenkins, Florida
Etienne Sabino, Ohio State
Kenny Tate, Maryland
Taylor Reed, SMU

2. Cornerback


Unlike the linebacking unit, the Giants secondary at least has able bodies. But similar to the ‘backers, the Giants need a playmaking DB who can stay healthy. Right now, at least on paper, if the Giants front four doesn’t put tons of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, this defense is ripe for the picking.

Potential Targets

First round


Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Desmond Trufant, Washington
Jamar Taylor, Boise State

Second round

D.J. Hayden, Houston
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

Third round

David Amerson, North Carolina State
Darius Slay, Mississippi State
Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana
B.W. Webb, William & Mary


Fourth round


Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut
Brandon McGee, Miami
Logan Ryan, Rutgers

Fifth through seventh rounds


Josh Johnson, Purdue
Kayvon Webster, South Florida
Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech
Daxton Swanson, Sam Houston State

3. Offensive Line

While this may not be a pressing need heading in to 2013, it’s a position of age and limited depth for the Giants. Looking ahead, they’ll need help a season from now, and would be wise to start planning for the future in the trenches.

Potential Targets:

First round


D.J. Fluker, Alabama
Menelik Watson, Florida State

Second round


Kyle Long, Oregon
Justin Pugh, Syracuse
Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Larry Warford, Kentucky

Third round

Reid Fragel, Ohio State
Barrett Jones, Alabama
David Quessenberry, San Jose State
David Bakhtiari, Colorado
Brian Schwenke, California
Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
Brennan Williams, North Carolina

Fourth round

Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech
Hugh Thornton, Illinois
Brian Winters, Kent State

Fifth through seventh rounds

Xavier Nixon, Florida
Alvin Bailey, Arkansa
Earl Watford, James Madison
J.C. Tretter, Cornell
Oday Aboushi, Virginia

Other needs: backup RB, TE, DL