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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 addressed their offensive line in Round 1 with the selection of Justin Pugh, the offensive tackle who will likely slide in opposite of Will Beatty Week 1.

Though protecting Eli Manning and creating gaps for David Wilson to burst through was a premier concern, the Giants still need to address areas of need along the roster.

The Giants next pick 17th in the second round (49th overall). One name rumored to be a fit is Kevin Minter, the inside linebacker out of LSU.

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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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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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"Explore everything." That's Jerry Reese's mantra when it comes to scouting players. He's holding to it as the Giants have reportedly met with embattled Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o.

From Eric Hansen of NDInsider.com:

Former Notre Dame All-America linebacker Manti Te'o met with his sixth?NFL team, the?New York Giants, on Thursday, per a source close to the?Laie, Hawaii, product. And he'll conclude his team visits in San Diego?on Monday, when he's scheduled to meet with the?Chargers.

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During a meeting with the Detroit Lions Tuesday, former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o addressed his critics ... about his on-the-field questions.

Caught up in the bizarre fake girlfriend story was a poor outing for the linebacker during Notre Dame's BCS Championship Game vs. Alabama. Against what many consider to be the top-level athletes in the college game, Te'o registered 10 tackles ... and that was about it.

With the off-the-field controversy garnering national attention for all of the wrong reasons, as well as the bad taste he left in the mouths of scouts and draft experts, Te'o used Tuesday's meeting to finally respond.

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In Rotoworld analyst Josh Norris' latest mock draft, the Giants nab former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 19th selection in the first round.

Richardson, ranked as the No. 2 player at his position by NFL Network's Mike Mayock, sits only behind Florida's Shariff Floyd in terms of the best interior defensive linemen.

According to Norris, the addition of Richardson to Big Blue improves the team's interior pass rush. Though with his stock rising, it is not out of the realm of possibility Richardson is gone, in which case Norris expects the Giants to target UCLA's Datone Jones.

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The New York Giants will host Steve Beauharnais during a local Pro Day on Wednesday, according to reports.

The former Rutgers linebacker and Saddle Brook, N.J. product was an All-State player while at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, N.J.), and has quickly climbed draft boards after a strong outing during the Scarlet Knights Pro Day in March.

Starting in all 13 contests during his senior campaign at Rutgers, Beauharnais notched the third-highest totals in tackles (83), and ranked among the Big East leaders in tackles for loss (16), sacks (5) and interceptions (3).

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From SNY Contributor Matthew Cohen:

Amidst the deluge of coverage of the Manti Te?o Catfishing story, there has been an underlying assumption about Manti Te?o that has gone unsaid. That assumption is that Te'o, like we assume most football players are, is a ladies man. It is that very assumption that makes it almost impossible to believe his story that he carried on a lengthy, long distance relationship with a 'woman' that he had never met.

Let's face it, Te'o is a relatively good looking, prominent football player on an excellent team at a large university. One can surmise that he has his share of attention from (and experience with) the opposite sex.

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Although Manti Te'o improved his 40 time at Notre Dame's pro day today (4.71 as compared to the 4.82 he ran at the combine) he has reportedly decided not attend the NFL Draft here in NYC next month.


From Josh Alper of PFT:

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There's a lot to like about Washington DB Desmond Trufant, whose draft stock has been rising of late.

The Giants have been connected to a number of different players with the 19th selection in April's NFL Draft, most of which has centered around the team's moves during free agency.

Among the names floated around have been Tyler Eifert, the tight end from Notre Dame, Alec Ogletree, the linebacker out of Georgia, and Datone Jones, the defensive lineman out of UCLA.

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The Giants have remained relatively quiet during free agency thus far, but perhaps a new addition to its defense is on the horizon.

According to ESPN, the G-Men have expressed "some interest" in Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga.

Veteran middle linebacker Michael Boley was released at the start of the off-season, leaving the rumors swirl around potential fits, most of which centered around potential first-round draft picks Alec Ogletree of Georgia and Manti Te'o of Notre Dame.

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Just when you thought all of the Manti Te'o talk was over, Giants fans.

In ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s third mock draft, he projects the New York Giants to select the Notre Dame linebacker with the No. 19 pick.

The Giants released veteran Michael Boley at the start of the off-season, and perhaps the only other option they have at the position was to re-sign Chase Blackburn via free agency. According to Kiper, this moves allows them to upgrade at the position.

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The Giants are in the business of finding of linebackers. A Florida Times-Union report now suggests they may be chasing the best on the market.

Jacksonville linebacker Daryl Smith, who missed the majority of the 2012 season with a groin injury, has been the stalwart of the team's interior defense for nine seasons.

In my free-agent forecaster, I predicted Smith would remain with the Jags largely because they cannot afford to let the veteran go. Despite the injury he suffered last season, there will certainly be a market for Pro Football Focus' top-rated backer.

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Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o did nothing to increase his value today at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. His 4.82 time in the 40-yard dash disappointed many NFL scouts, executives and coaches to the point where he has fallen out of favor and off many of their draft boards.

As per Chris Wesserling of NFL.com:

To put Te'o's run in perspective, recall that 346-pound?Kansas City Chiefs?defensive tackle?Dontari Poe?nearly equaled that time at 4.87 last year. Checking in smaller than expected at 241 pounds, Te'o needed to crack 4.75 to erase doubts about his athleticism and ability to play all three downs.?Baltimore Ravens?coach?John Harbaugh?was?less than impressed.

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In Peter King's weekly "Monday Morning Quarterback" column, he delves into the NFL Scouting Combine to give the latest on the top prospects and the latest wheeling and dealing among front-office personnel in Indianapolis.

Among his top-five takeaways from the combine, he mentions Manti Te'o making a good impression on NFL GMs. He said this on the former Notre Dame linebacker:

No way the second- or third-rated inside linebacker gets to the bottom of the round now, in the wake of the fake girlfriend story. I can't see him lasting past Cincinnati at 21. "Unbelievable kid,'' is how one interviewer for a team described him Sunday night. "Everybody in our room fell in love with him." More about him in a few moments.
Both Te'o and former Georgia Bulldog have been connected to the Giants, a team in need of bolstering its linebacking corps.

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The Giants have a number of critical decisions to make about their secondary this off-season.

Both strong safeties Kenny Phillips and Stevie Brown are free agents, Corey Webster's future with the team is anything but sure and depth may surface as a real concern.

One of the more interesting prospects in this year's NFL Draft is former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, formerly heralded as the Honey Badger for his small stature but big game.

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Though it appears as if the New York Giants'?interest in Manti Te'o has waned since the catfish story surfaced, the potential draftee now has yet another strike thrown in his direction, this time an on-field issue.

The former Notre Dame linebacker is being labeled as "undersized" to play inside linebacker in the NFL, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Te'o, at 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, is a better fit as a 3-4 inside backer, Mort says, or as an outside backer behind a four-man front.

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GM Jerry Reese confirmed his promise today to reporters to "investigate everything" in terms of personnel this offseason. That apparently includes considering embattled Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o, who if you haven't heard, has had a bizarre year.....



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This version of the 9-7 Giants didn't translate into a Super Bowl-bound time.

As the media gathers in New Orleans, New York Giants players are watching from their couches as a new king of the football world is crowned on Sunday.

Owner John Mara and GM Jerry Reese expressed their dismay with the team missing out on the playoffs this season. Obviously, change is on the horizon.

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Early on in NFL Draft labs, prognosticators have pegged the New York Giants to look to fill numerous voids come April. One of the team's most glaring needs is at middle linebacker, where Notre Dame's Manti Te'o has emerged as one of the best entering the professional ranks.

However, storm of uncertainty has fallen upon Te'o, with his girlfriend hoax making national headlines for a week now.

In an interview with the Star-Ledger, Giants General Manager Jerry Reese addressed the prospect of drafting Te'o, reminding everyone that despite his talent and the controversy surrounding him, it's still early in the draft process ... for everyone.

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Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o has gone from Heisman Trophy runner-up and a lead-pipe cinch top five NFL prospect to a silly, immature kid who needs to either grow up or just come clean and show that he is serious about playing pro football.

The fake girlfriend hoax raises doubts to whether Te'o is ready for the next level. He is certainly a productive player who appears to be ready to handle the physical demands of NFL life, but this charade may keep teams from taking him in the early part of the first round in April's draft, where Te'o is projected to be selected. Can he handle the emotional and psychological part of being a pro?

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Early mock drafts have projected Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o to land with the New York Giants at Pick 19.

One of Big Blue's most pressing needs on defense is an athletic middle linebacker, and should the team try to fill that void via the draft, Te'o was among the best candidates to do so.

Given what transpired yesterday, there is no doubt that NFL general managers and coaches might be hesitant to make Te'o their first-round pick.

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This season, the Giants lacked their signature pass rush, which had lifted them over the Patriots in Super Bowls twice and had set the tone for the rest of their defense.

Whether it's via free agency, the draft or trades, the Giants need to upgrade their pass rush, which will allow their linebackers to focus more on stopping the revent and their defensive backs on generating turnovers.

The heart and soul of the Giants D: the defensive line. Let's begin there.

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