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As usual, wide receiver looks like a need

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Super Bowl hero David Tyree has apparently undergone knee surgery.

Reports indicate that Tyree expects to be ready for training camp. This does, however, lead nicely into what seems to be an annual discussion -- do the Giants need to make wide receiver a draft priority?

Somehow, despite the fact it seems the Giants take a receiver early in the draft every year, the answer annually is yes. I don't think that's any different this season.

Plaxico Burress is a star, Steve Smith might be one and Amani Toomer is arguably the best receiver in team history. Toomer can't go on forever, though, Sinorice Moss is still a mystery and Tyree isn't really a full-time part of the receiving corps, anyway.

So, with that said let's look at some of the guys who might be available for the Giants.

DeSean Jackson, California
At 5-foot-9 3/4, 169 pounds, he seems like a guy who might possess all the skills we thought Moss had.

NFL Draft Countdown (First rounder) Awfully similar to Ted Ginn, Jr. when he was coming out last year but is more polished as a wideout and an even better return man ... One of the most dynamic offensive and special teams weapons in this draft ... He may never be a true #1 target in the NFL but he's the type of elite playmaker who is sure to keep defenses awake at night.

James Hardy, Indiana

At 6-foot-5, 217 and very athletic, draws comparisons to Burress. Gotta like that.

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(Round 2 or 3)
Phenomenal size with a huge frame and long arms...A terrific natural athlete...Has big, reliable hands and can snatch the ball away from his body ... A very intriguing physical specimen with rare measurables for the position...Might be a bit overrated since people have fallen in love with his size.

Andre Caldwell, Florida

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(Round 2 or 3)
Probably projects as a #2 or slot guy who makes his living on the short and intermediate throws...Has all of the physical tools you look for but he doesn't necessarily play up to them....The type who just may end up being a better player in the NFL than he was in college.

Here are some mid- to late-round names to keep on eye on.

-- Justin Harper, Virginia Tech
-- Eddie Royal, Virginia Tech
-- Jerome Simpson, Coastal Carolina
-- William Franklin, Missouri
-- Paul Hubbard, Wisconsin