We can look at the Giants draft history and team needs and come up with a realistic list of players who the Giants would likely consider at 40th overall.
Guys like Eddie Goldman, who Invictus picked for the Giants in his Day 2 Mock Draft, Carl Davis, Preston Smith, Benardrick McKinney, and Eric Rowe all look like "Giants" players who could come in and help the defense immediately.
But what about some under the radar guys who might not seem obvious, but could be higher on the Giants' board than on public boards
Since we don't yet know who could be on or off the board for the third round, we'll just look at potential dark horses for the 40th overall pick.
Devin Smith (WR, Ohio State) - The Giants have been talking to all the deep threat wide receivers throughout the draft process. While the Giants might not have a glaring need at receiver, Smith's ability to take the top off a defense, track the ball in the air, and make neigh-impossible catches look routine, could certainly appeal to the team.
Dorial Green-Beckham (WR, Oklahoma) - DGB is one of the most physically talented players in this draft. He brings a rare blend of size and speed, and he knows how to use it. The biggest reason he wasn't drafted in the top 10 is his well-documented off field issues. However, if he is able to convince the Giants he has grown up and put the past behind him, he could be on the Giants' radar. Pairing Odell Beckham with Dorial Green-Beckham could create one of the most fearsome offenses in the league, and that's something the Giants can't ignore.
Danielle Hunter (DE, LSU) - Jesse says on Preston Smith:
It'd surprise me if the Giants passed on Preston Smith. When the Giants hand out their scouting manuals to new scouts with the prototypes they look for at each position there's a picture of Preston Smith for defensive end. He has the length, the 3 cone drill time, production in an SEC school. He is a perfect schematic fit for Spags and what he likes to do with the defensive ends.
But what about Danielle Hunter? He gets dinged for his lack of pass rush production, but he has the length and freakish athleticism the Giants covet in their defensive picks. And even at 245 pounds (he is up over 250 now) was one of the top run defenders in the SEC. If he can learn to use his vine-like arms and massive hands and put his athleticism to work, he could be a steal.
Jalen Collins (CB, LSU) - Prince Amukamara might be looking for "That Revis Money" after the 2015 season. Jalen Collins comes from one of the Giants favorite farm schools, and brings the physical tools to be a top cornerback. He has a very "Giants" blend of size and athleticism to go with terrific movement skills. He has some significant technique issues, but the raw materials are all there.
Grady Jarrett (DT, Clemson) - The Giants normally like their defensive tackles to be bigger players. Guys who can rush the passer, but also control the line of scrimmage in the running game. However, Steve Spagnuolo understands the importance of pressuring an offense, and Clemson's Grady Jarrett is one of the best in the draft. He is undersized, but he is quick, athletic, technically polished, and has a relentless motor.
Tyeler Davison (DT, Fresno State) - This is a real off the radar prospect. However, there's a lot to like about Davison. He has a short, squatty build, but remarkably long arms and powerful hands which give him great natural leverage, weighs in at roughly 310 pounds, but carries it extremely well, and has a background in wrestling. He also led his team in sacks despite playing the nose tackle position, and reportedly has very high character. He could be this year's "Bromley".
Quinten Rollins (DB, Miami of Ohio) - The Giants took a talented developmental prospect in the first round. They could do so again in the second round. Rollins only has one year of college football, but the former college point guard used his athleticism and instincts to be the conference defensive player of the year in that one year. He likely projects as a safety at the next level, and how the Giants view the safeties on their roster will likely impact their drafting of a safety.