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Giants morning report: La'el Collins, and more NFL Draft news, notes

New York Giants headlines for Saturday, 3/28.

Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let's check your headlines for the final Saturday in March.

La'el Collins and the Giants

We learned Friday that not only did the Giants send a contingent that included general manager Jerry Reese to the LSU Pro Day on Friday, but that before the Pro Day the Giants met with LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, a potential pick for them at No. 9.

After the Pro Day, Collins told reporters that he "had a great day." He also said anyone who questions his ability just needs to watch tape of LSU's game against Florida last season, when he was matched up with Dante Fowler Jr.

"He's a top-five pick and I feel like I held my own. If you have any questions about my pass blocking, just go watch my tape against Florida."

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock believes Collins is an NFL right tackle. LSU coach Les Miles told reporters he thinks Collins can play left tackle in the NFL.

"The issue is, can he play left tackle. In my opinion, I think he can," LSU coach Les Miles said. "I think he has athleticism enough to really set the left side, and he has a real upside. I think he can really improve."

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More Draft chatter

What if the Giants, like our draft analysts did in the Big Blue View community mock draft, pass on an offensive lineman in the first round? Can they find a starting-caliber player in the second round? ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. suggests Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi and Utah's Jeremiah Poutasi.

"I think Ogbuehi, who played left tackle and right tackle at Texas A&M, Jeremiah Poutasi gives you versatility as well coming out of Utah, those would be the two guys that I think deserve second round consideration," Kiper said. "Unless one of the other guys we talked about in the first drop down, which can happen but more than likely won't.

"Remember Ogbuehi was projected, before the injury, to be probably a guy who goes between, say, 12 and 25 in the first round. Even though he didn't have a great year, was a little inconsistent at both left tackle and right tackle, the skill set is there to become a mid first round pick had he stayed healthy. Now, with the injury, he's a second round prospect." breaks down the best two wide receivers in the draft, Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White.'s Lance Zierlein offers his take on the top 10 safeties available in the draft.

Did the Giants overpay Dwayne Harris?

The answer to that is that there is really no way to know if the five-year, $17.5 million contract ($7.1 million guaranteed) is too much until we see what Harris contributes to the Giants the next 2-3 seasons. NJ Advance Media reports, though, that the Giants apparently were not the only team willing to pay Harris handsomely.

Jordan Ranaan says 14 teams were interested in Harris. Chad Speck, Harris's agent, told Ranaan that "the Giants weren't the only team involved in the numbers that Dwayne ultimately signed for."