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New York Giants' Depth Chart: Outside linebacker analysis

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What does the Giants' depth chart at outside linebacker look like heading into the 2013 NFL Draft? We examine that today.

Keith Rivers makes a tackle during the 2012 season
Keith Rivers makes a tackle during the 2012 season
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As we continue our look at the New York Giants' 2013 depth chart, it's time to turn our attention to the outside linebacker position. Judging solely from the depth chart the Giants appear very thin at this position.

Depth Chart

Position

Player 1

Player 2

SLB

Mathias Kiwanuka

Keith Rivers

WLB

Jacquian Williams

Spencer Paysinger

Off-season Moves

The only move the Giants have made thus far is cutting veteran Michael Boley, their weak-side starter the past few seasons, and re-signing injury-prone but talented veteran Keith Rivers. As you have undoubtedly noticed, Mathias Kiwanuka is still listed as the starting strong-side linebacker. There is an expectation that Kiwanuka will be moved to defensive end full time, although the Giants have not said anything about that yet. Mark Herzlich, listed as a middle linebacker, could also be a backup on the strong side.

Draft Possibilities

In our middle linebacker depth chart analysis, we already discussed two of the players who could also be considered draft possibilities for the weak side linebacker position. Those players are, of course, Arthur Brown of Kansas State and Alec Ogletree of Georgia. If drafted, those two players project both in the middle and on the outside. Since we have discussed them so much already, let's look at a few pure outside linebacker possibilities -- players who are most likely Day 2 or Day 3 possibilities in the draft.

Khaseem Greene, Rutgers -- The former star with the Scarlet Knights was reportedly one of the players who worked out for the Giants during their local prospects workout earlier in the week. Greene carries a second- to third-round draft grade, according to NFL.com, which says he "has tremendous speed and athletic ability" and compares to Lavonte David of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a player many were hoping the Giants would select.

I haven't seen the Giants connected to many other outside linebackers, but let's discuss a couple of the other plays who are highly-regarded.

Sio Moore, Connecticut -- NFL.com gives Moore an early Day 3 grade and actually compares him to Boley, writing "He isn’t the biggest of linebackers, but is productive (196 tackles, 27.5 for loss in 2010-2011), plays stronger than his frame indicates, and has the athleticism to play either strong side, or weak side linebacker in the pros." CBS Sports gives Moore a second- or third-round grade.

Chase Thomas, Stanford -- NFL.com gives Thomas a second- or third-round grade and compares him to Connor Barwin, saying Thomas "displays potential as a starter for teams needing a strong-side linebacker or utility defender that plays on the line of scrimmage." CBS has a fourth-round grade on the 6-foot-3, 244-pound Thomas.

Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi -- NFL.com has assigned a second- or third-round grade to Collins, a 6-3, 250-pound linebacker who some think fits better in a 3-4. CBS Sports also gives Collins a second- or third-round grade, and compares him to K.J. Wright of the Seattle Seahawks.