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A tradition like none other: the Giants turning heads with their draft class.

The Giants had seven picks in this weekend's draft, adding depth to a number of key positions, including offensive and defensive line, running back and the secondary. Of course, a position that remained untouched was linebacker.

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The Giants have many options in today's draft, but they also have many needs as well. The team can't afford to miss on an impact player at this spot in the draft. Below are the projected available athletes on the board for the Giants when they select at 19.

  1. Tank Carradine, DE, FSU - Tank would've been a top 10 pick in this draft if it wasn't for a knee injury during this past season at FSU. Carradine is the type of player that the Giants traditionally covet; an explosive edge rusher that has the tenaciousness required to get to the quarterback on the NFL level.
  2. D.J. Fluker, OL, ALA- Fluker is the prototype right tackle but many fans are against drafting a RT this high in the draft. Fluker does fill a need for the Giants; they currently have David Diehl penciled in at tackle and to say that his season last year was lackluster would be an understatement. Fluker would add the missing toughness and running blocking the team has been missing dearly since their 2007 championship run.
  3. Jonathan Cyprien, FS, FIU - Cyprien is regarded by many to have the highest upside of any safety in this draft class. He is a solid tackler and would fit nicely in the Giants 3 safety nickel package. His versatility would be an amazing asset for Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell.
  4. Manti Te'o, ND, ILB - In December Te'o would have been a steal this late in the draft, but a sub par National Championship game and a fake girlfriend changed all of that. Te'o's effect on his ND team cannot be denied though and his leadership would be a valuable commodity for the Giants. He has the ability to stay on the field on 3rd down and call the plays for all defensive personnel groupings.
  5. Arthur Brown, KSU, OLB - Brown is the best linebacker in the draft in my opinion. He was all over the field defensively for Kansas State and his play making ability is something the Giants could use on their defense. The Giants don't traditionally select linebackers in the early round of the draft but fans and management won't let Brown get away like Sean Weatherspoon did a few years ago.
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Alabama OL Chance Warmack

In Rotoworld's Evan Silva's two-round mock draft, the analyst projects the Giants to nab offensive guard Chance Warmack and cornerback Darius Slay in the first two rounds.

Silva's prediction of a guard goes along with the theme of addressing an aging line. Warmack is not the prototypical name that has been linked to the Giants, though. Other mock drafts have tended to connect the team with offensive tackles -- including Warmack's former teammate at Alabama, D.J. Fluker, and Menelik Watson out of Florida State.

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Most mock drafts have the Giants drafting Manti Te'o, D.J. Fluker or a defensive back with their first-round selection.

Not Gil Brandt.

The NFL.com senior analyst has pegged former Florida State offensive tackle Menelik Watson falling to New York at 19, a name that has not been linked to the team thus far.

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The NFL Draft is a mere three days away, so of course, all the rumors swirling around who is going to land where are beginning to heat up.

Numerous mock drafts have the Giants looking to bolster a couple different directions, including linebacker, offensive and defensive lines and the secondary. Among the players most commonly connected to Big Blue are linebackers Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and cornerback Desmond Trufant.

Over the weekend, the New York Daily News diagnosed those same four positions as areas of need for the Giants in this year's draft, pointing out the linebacking unit lost Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn, and Mathias Kiwanuka has returned to the defensive line. It adds the offensive line -- aside from left tackle Will Beatty -- is aging; Justin Tuck and Kiwanuka are aging; and questions continue to surround cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley.

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In NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah's mock draft 5.0 released today, the Giants are projected to select former Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker with the 19th pick.

Jeremiah indicates this is conditional upon the Cowboys passing on Fluker at No. 18, then falling into the G-Men's laps, where he could slide in at right tackle or perhaps fit in at guard.

Fluker has been the hot name of late, climbing numerous draft boards and even rumored to be coveted by the Miami Dolphins sitting with the No. 12 overall selection.

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In ESPN analyst Todd McShay's mock draft released Wednesday, three scenarios are provided for the Giants picking 19th in the first round.

The first scenario is the Giants taking highly coveted offensive tackle D.J. Fluker. The former Alabama lineman has recently climbed up draft boards and has been rumored to be an option for Miami at No. 12.

"The Giants aren't known for taking offensive linemen early, but Fluker would offer a boost up front with his balance, footwork and mauling presence in the running game," writes McShay.
Scenario 2 has Big Blue sweeping former Georgia middle linebacker Alec Ogletree off the board. Ogletree is considered among the top two or three inside backers in this year's draft, including Manti Te'o of Notre Dame.

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In ESPN draft expert Todd McShay's newest mock draft, the Giants are projected to nab Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert.

The Fighting Irish have produced some of the better NFL-caliber tight ends in recent years, including Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings, as well Anthony Fasano of the Miami Dolphins and John Carlson, also with the Vikings.

The Giants' tight end situation is a bit?murky?with Martellus Bennett a free agent this off-season.

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