New York Giants' news, 4/15: OTAs kick off prep for 2013 season

Players won't hit the field today, but the Giants do begin OTAs - The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

New York Giants' news and notes for Monday morning.

Football is back, New York Giants' fans! Well, sort of. The road to the 2013 NFL season begins today for the Giants when off-season training activities (OTAs) commence at the Timex Performance Center. Hopefully there will be some news and a couple of interview transcripts provided by the Giants.

The OTAs are a beginning for the Giants. They will be followed by on-field workouts May 22-23, May 29-31 and June 3-7. The team's mandatory mini-camp will be held June 11-13. Here is link to a locker room photo posted by Giants' equipment manager Joseph Skiba.

Here are a few notes of interest for your Monday as OTAs begin.

Draft Notes

The Giants were linked to a couple of interesting draft prospects over the weekend. One was Virginia Tech special teams ace Alzono Tweedy. The other was small-school safety Rontez Miles.

The Giants and D.J. Fluker have often been connected. There is, however, some buzz that Fluker could go as high as No. 12 in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. recently summarized the Giants' draft needs:

2013 draft picks: 19 (1st round), 49 (2nd), 81 (3rd), 116 (4th), 152 (5th), 187 (6th), 225 (7th), 253 (7th).
Biggest area of need: Linebacker.
Other spots to address: Offensive line, defensive line, cornerback.
Prospects who fit: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama; Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia; Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State; Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington; Alex Okafor, DE, Texas.

Not sure I agree with Okafor as a fit, but the list is pretty accurate otherwise.

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