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The Giants have mostly been connected with defensive ends Tank Carradine and Bjeorn Werner of Florida State, with any of the top offensive linemen who fall to 19 or with cornerbacks and linebackers. But Eifert might be in play.
The 2013 NFL Draft is drawing closer. Here are some of the draft stories and rumors floating around that may impact the New York Giants as the clock ticks toward Thursday night.
- Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider says Tank Carradine's workout on Saturday was especially impressive just 135 days after surgery for a torn ACL.
- Tom Rock of Newsday wonders if D.J. Fluker's energetiic personality would mesh with the team's other offensive linemen. Rock also noted that Bjeorn Werner said today that Florida State used to compare its defensive end depth to the Giants.
- Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said personnel people from nine of 12 teams he asked said they would not touch LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, either in the draft or afterwards as an undrafted free agent.
In a two-round NFL Mock Draft released on Tuesday, Rotoworld's Evan Silva selected Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay for the New York Giants in the second round, 49th overall. Slay is a player who I have only recently seen connected to the Giants as a second-round possibility.
Unfortunately, Slay is currently dealing with torn meniscus apparently suffered during his Pro Day workout last month. In reporting the injury, Pro Football Talk says "Meniscus tears are fairly routine injuries for football players, and they are not regarded as serious."
Slay is the ranked 59th on Tony Pauline's TFY Draft Insider Big Board, seventh among cornerbacks, and carries a second-round grade. In analyzing the 6-foot, 192-pound Slay, Pauline writes:
Slay is a late bloomer who really came on as a senior then impressed NFL decision-makers with his combine performance. He offers a boatload of upside potential and could develop into a starter at the next level if coached properly.
Thoughts on Slay, Giants' fans? Do you like the potential? Are you turned off by the injury?
It seems like almost everyone in the top half of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is trying to trade down, or at least is rumored to be trying to trade down. Various reports have the Oakland Raiders (third overall pick), Philadelphia Eagles (fourth), Detroit Lions (fifth), Miami Dolphins (12th) and New Orleans Saints (15th) trying to trade out of their draft slots. Some have even wondered if the New York Jets will try to trade down, using the 13th pick acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Darelle Revis trade, to get more picks.
With all of that going on, should the New York Giants consider trying to trade up?
If you follow the Giants you know that isn't their style -- especially in the first round. Is Ezekiel Ansah so much better than Tank Carradine or Bjeorn Werener that trading up is justified? Is D.J. Fluker, the Alabama right tackle, worth trading up for? How about 'Bama guard Chance Warmack? What if there is a cornerback or defensive tackle the Giants think they have to have?
Generally, I believe trading down is better than trading up unless you believe you are trading up for a franchise-changing player.Most likely the Giants will, as they always do, sit right where they are at No. 19 in the first round and let the draft come to them.
The New York Giants have reportedly been showing interest in Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine during the past week.
"Hopefully now, he’s learned his lesson and he can get to a club that can keep him on the straight and narrow," Webster said. "If I’m here (with Mathieu) I can help him right underneath my wing."
General manager Jerry Reese was asked about Mathieu during his pre-draft press conference.
"Obviously on the field he has been a good player. But obviously off the field he has had some off the field issues. Those have been well documented. So we will put all of the pros and cons together and see if he fits anywhere for us," Reese said.
If the Giants are unable to find value at the cornerback position in the first two rounds, would they consider Mathieu in the third?
Thoughts, Giants fans?
The closer we get to the 2013 NFL Draft the more it seems likely that Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker will be out of reach for the New York Giants with the 19th overall selection in the first round.
Tony Pauline of NFL Draft Insider added more fuel to the speculation that Fluker won't get out of the top half of Round 1 with his report Monday evening. Pauline wrote:
Last week we reported it looked very unlikely DJ Fluker/Alabama would make it out of the top half of round one. That was further confirmed today after sources told me the Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers, who own the 10th and 11th picks respectively, are both considering Fluker. At first glance Fluker-to-Tennessee seems a bit odd as their offensive line is in need of a guard. But sources tell me the Titans view Fluker as a day one starter at the guard position.
The good news there would be that it might mean at least one of the top guards, Chance Warmack of Alabama or Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina, could be available to the Giants.
When we began writing 2013 NFL Draft stories months ago we were often speculating on the possibility that the New York Giants could draft the talented but raw Brigham Young University defensive end Ezeial Ansah with the 19th overall selection. In recent weeks, that has seemed impossible, with Ansah often mocked among the draft's top five selections.
As the draft closes in, however, there are some who seem to believe the board is shuffling, that pass-rushers are falling and that Ansah could -- amazingly -- land right in the Giants' lap.
The highly-respected Greg Cosell has Ansah going to the Giants in a mock he just published for Yahoo! Sports.
I know for many he’s a top-five player in this draft. They see the natural athleticism, the size/speed combination and the rare arm length, and intuitively project "big-time player." That may happen. By means of comparison, Ansah did not show the kind of pass rush skills that Jason Pierre-Paul displayed at South Florida, and Pierre-Paul was seen as exceedingly raw. Ansah is not close to being a finished product, but he competed on every play, and he showed the ability to maneuver his body in almost any position necessary. His size, body type and movement profile best at DE, but I can easily see him aligned inside at DT in sub-package situations. Ansah is a fascinating prospect who needs to be taught much as a pass rusher, so there’s a significant leap of faith, but the movement and motor are there.
Cosell is not alone. Pat Kirwan and Will Brinson of CBS Sports both have Ansah falling to the Giants in their most recent mocks drafts.
Thoughts, Giants' fans? Is this something you could realistically see happening?
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CSN Bay Area also speculated that the San Francisco 49ers might be targeting Carradine with the 31st pick should be still be on the board.
Carradine ran a 4.75 40-yard dash during his private Pro Day workout on Saturday, just 135 days removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL.
Defensive end, where the Giants lost Osi Umenyiora to the Atlanta Falcons in free agency and have veteran Justin Tuck in the final year of his contract, is one of several positions analysts think the Giants could try to upgrade during the draft later this week.
In a prospect profile of the Colorado tight end, BBV's Jesse Bartolis said Kasa "is a tenacious blocker, has the speed to stretch the field and the size to be a red-zone threat. He's a really appealing option, but he has a long way to go before he is a consistent receiving threat -- a developmental prospect at this stage."
Pauline wrote that "Kasa does not offer immediate starting possibilities but is a sensational developmental prospect."
There were reports early in the pre-draft process that Giants tight ends coach Mike Pope was enamored with a mid- to late-round draft prospect. Is Kasa that player?
Bjoern Werner could be considered the poster child for this incredibly topsy-turvy, unpredictable 2013 NFL Draft. With the draft just days away, the predictions for where the Florida State defensive end might wind up are all over the map.
- Mel Kiper of ESPN has Werner falling out of the first round.
- Walter Football lists Werner among its most recent draft fallers,' writing:
At one time, he was considered a top-10 pick. Pundits currently feel Werner could go anywhere from the middle of the first round into the second round.
There isn't a real reason for Werner's slide outside of teams questioning his speed and explosion. They wonder how much upside he has and how effective he will be as a pass-rusher. Scouts told WalterFootball.com that Werner looked better than expected in 3-4 outside linebacker drills at his pro day. That could help him to go in the back half of the first round, but many believe that he is going to fall to the second round. Werner could be an excellent value pick for a team on the second day.
What are your thoughts on Werner as the draft approaches, Giants' fans?
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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o has rehabilitated his image to the point where he could be selected by the New York Giants on Thursday with the 19th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.
Much of the talk that Te’o could slip to the second or even third round appears to have dissipated, and the Giants — badly in need of a middle linebacker to help shore up their run defense — wouldn’t surprise many league insiders if they take him with the 19th overall pick.
Scouts say Te’o has been able to repair his image largely by coming across so well in team interviews and visits with individual clubs.
Several of those teams have been very impressed with Te’o’s humbleness, his willingness to answer their exhaustive list of questions about the girlfriend episode and his football smarts. Te’o also redeemed his poor combine performance with a much improved display at his pro day.
Thoughts, Giants' fans?
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily New has listed Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree and Alabama right tackel D.J. Fluker as his top three targets for the New York Giants with the 19th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Vacchiano on Te'o:
The Giants have been abysmal at drafting linebackers and are desperate for help at that position. They probably need an outside guy more than an inside guy, but if they think Te’o can be an impact player they might not care.
The Giants’ record of drafting LBs aside, they cut Michael Boley and are moving Mathias Kiwanuka back to DE, leaving the outside spot in the hands of unproven Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger and injury-prone Keith Rivers. They need help.
With David Diehl almost certainly in his final season, the Giants need a right tackle. They seem committed to James Brewer, but he’s an untested fourth-rounder from 2011 that they always knew would be a project. They might not be able to pass up a top prospect at that spot.
Some good, some bad in a scouting report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker, who many think could be in play for the New York Giants if he is available with the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
"Road-grading right tackle all the way, but somebody could try him at guard," one scout said. "He'll come off the ball and knock you out. Every once in a while he gets in trouble with his (pass) set. If he doesn't get any width and depth, he doesn't have the feet to get wide. I liked (Bryan) Bulaga a lot, but this guy is the same thing except he's stronger and as competitive. Maybe not as smart." Several scouts expressed major reservations about Fluker's study and work habits. "Great kid, but you don't want him doing your taxes," said one. Attended three high schools (spent senior year in Foley, Ala.) after his family was forced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Effervescent personality. Emotional leader of national champion Crimson Tide. "He's an Aaron Gibson type," a third scout said. "He's got real long arms (36 ¾). At the point, he gets on you. Fluker won't pull. He's similar to (the Vikings' Phil) Loadholt. He'll have some problems with speed rushers. I like his demeanor, but I worry about his quickness."
The New York Giants were reportedly not among the 11 NFL teams who witnessed Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine go through a private workout Saturday in advance of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Carradine, who SB Nation's Mocking The Draft has consistently connected to the Giants with the 19th overall pick in the draft, was impressive for a player who tore an ACL just five months ago.
Tank Carradine weighed in 273 pounds 135 days after ACL surgery ran 4.75 to 4.85 with 1.63 10-yard split. Source says workout went very well— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) April 20, 2013
4.75 for Tank Carradine. He's my top DE and this quick rehab seals it. First rounder.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 20, 2013
Does the fact that the Giants did not attend the workout mean they are simply playing possum and trying not to show their interest in Carradine? Or, does it in fact mean he isn't a player they are considering? As much as the Giants love pass rushers, especially pass rushers at defensive end, their lack of attendance has to be surprising.
Now we wait to see if the Giants, or any other team, was impressed enough to grab Carradine at some point in the first round.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay held a pre-draft conference call with media members Friday. Not once during the 45-minute call were the New York Giants mentioned. McShay did, however, discuss a couple of player who might interest the Giants.
McShay called Taylor a "very consistent corner."
"He was extremely consistent throughout the year. He's not the biggest or strongest, but he's willing . Where he really stands out is the overall instincts. His ability to play in zone or man to man. ... I just think he's a really solid player and probably going to come off the board somewhere in the second round."
We know the Giants could use linebackers, and McShay considers Bostic a fourth-round type talent.
"He's a tough football player. The more tape I watched of him the more I appreciated Jon Bostic. He's always around the ball."
Cornellius 'Tank' Carradine, the Florida State defensive end often mocked to the New York Giants -- especially by SB Nation's Mocking The Draft -- will work out for NFL teams on Saturday. The workout, incidentally, is closed to the media.
The Giants are on of 17 teams that have reportedly held private meetings with Carradine, who tore his ACL in November and did not work out during the combine or the Florida State Pro Day.
"I can run full speed," Carradine said. "In Indy, I was just starting to run. Now, I'm full-speed. I'm not cutting all the way. I'm still in the process of ACL healing. I'm not cutting all the way. I'm making slight cuts, but I'm taking it up another notch and trying to get back all the way as fast as I can. I'm not rushing, but April 20 is very important. I don't want to do so much where I have a setback, but I want teams to be able to evaluate how I do."
Including the Ravens, Carradine had 17 formal interviews at the combine. That included the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders.
It will be very interesting to see what happens with Carradine after Saturday's workout. There is little time between the workout and the draft, and good reports from that could push Carradine into serious mid- first round consideration.
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