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.
With that being said, the New York Post expects New York to select Te'o at No. 19. Through interviews and an improved Pro Day performer in South Bend, the former Notre Dame backer has revived his draft stock. Questions surrounded Te'o after a poor outing against Alabama in the BCS Championship Game and it was revealed he was part of a fake girlfriend hoax.
In his most recent mock draft, Rotoworld's Josh Norris projects New York to nab former Florida State defensive end Cornellius Carradine. The former Seminoles standout has been linked to the Giants in other reports. His biggest question mark is that he is coming off an injury in college, but appears to be poised to suit up this coming season.
Of course, the Giants will take a "best player available" approach in the first round Thursday, so their selection may simply fizzle down to which of these coveted prospects is available when the Giants are on the clock.
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