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Mel Kiper Mock Draft 3.0: Manti Te'o latest choice for New York Giants

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Mel Kiper has given the New York Giants Manti Te'o in his latest mock draft, curiously released the day before NFL free agency begins.

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Manti Te'o
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Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN hit the Inter-Google Monday afternoon with version 3.0 of his 2013 NFL mock draft, just in time for free agency to go and screw everything up. Free agency or no free agency, best guess is that the majority of New York Giants' fans are going to hate Kiper's decision to mock Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o to the Giants with the 19th overall selection of the first round.

[Related: SB Nation mocks Tank Carradine to Giants]

Kiper writes:

Pick analysis: The Giants could use an upgrade at middle linebacker, and Te'o offers a pick-and-play upgrade. Say what you want about his 40 time, when you roll the tape you see a guy that has football speed because he makes reads at a faster rate than so many others.

Free-agency factor: There really isn't a much on the market at this position, and this is a draft slot where the Giants can target a middle linebacker and expect a Week 1 starter.

In making this pick, Kiper leaves Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker (20th, Chicago Bears) and Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree (21st, Cincinnati Bengals) on the board.

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