With the 2013 NFL Combine in the rearview mirror, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has released a revamped 2012 NFL Draft Big Board, shuffling his top 25 players after watching the combine.
There is some shuffling at the top, but we'll get to that later. We know that what New York Giants' fans care about are the players Kiper has at or around No. 19, where the Giants will select this April.
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Kiper has an interesting collection of players from Nos. 18-23, all of whom have been considered at one time or another as possible selections by the Giants. Here's a quick look.
No. 18 -- Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame. Kiper has him as the clear No. 1 tight end and says Eifert "has pass-catching skills of a natural receiver."
No. 19 -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri. Part of a deep defensive tackle class. Kiper says "my guess is he'll end up as a 3-technique, and plenty of teams need them." The Giants are one of those teams.
No. 20 -- D.J. Fluker, RT, Alabama. Tony Pauline of DraftInsider has continually connected Fluker to the Giants. Kiper's ranking puts him right in the ballpark. Kiper says Fluker is "A dominant run-blocker, his arms act like hydraulics and he just dominates the edge, allowing running lanes to form."
No. 21 -- Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame. The consensus coming out of the combine is that Te'o did pretty much what people expected, and that his draft stock was relatively unchanged. That leaves him in play for the Giants. "He remains here on tape, with the shot his pro day can help, and because others at his position have fallen off as well," Kiper says.
No. 22 -- Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia. Ogletree did not stand out as much as some thought he might at the combine, and did not really push himself ahead of Te'o. There are, of course, character concerns with Ogletree. "Love his on-field instincts, but has faced major questions about off-field ones," Kiper writes. "At his best, just flies to the ball."
No. 23 -- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington. Not long ago Trufant was thought to be a second-rounder. Now, he is in play in the mid- to late poortion of the first round. "He gets great marks for his ability to work outside or in; on the edge he can turn and run with anybody, and will read plays and beat receivers to the spot," Kiper writes.
Mel's Top 5
Because I know you will ask, Kiper has Ezekiel Ansah ranked No. 12