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2016 NFL Draft: Are the Giants targeting Robert Nkemdiche?

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The Giants have shown an interest in Robert Nkemdiche, but is Jerry Reese dreaming of adding his talent to the Giants' renovated defense?

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It's generally accepted that when New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese shows up to a Pro Day to watch a prospect, the interest is real.

In past years he personally observed Odell Beckham and Ereck Flowers' workouts, and earlier this year he was on hand for Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd's Pro Day. We reported earlier that Reese was on hand to watch Ole Miss wide receiver LaQuon Treadwell's workout Monday afternoon.

However, not long ago, Tony Pauline of Draft Insider dropped this little gem on us:

Add the Denver Broncos and New York Giants to the list of team's bringing Nkemdiche in for an official visit. Media reports have Jerry Reese at Ole Miss' pro-day to watch Laquon Treadwell but I'm told he was there equally for Nkemdiche.

Pauline added that some in attendance thought Nkemdiche had a "special workout."

There is no doubt that Nkemdiche is one of the most talented prospects in this draft. Physically, he is a rare athlete, with the ability to effortlessly carry his 300 pounds and move like a 240-pound linebacker. However, he has been hounded by questions regarding his on-field production and off-field character.

And in all likelihood those questions are why the Giants are bringing him in for a private meeting and workout. Any team that drafts him will need to come to a good understanding of what makes him tick, why his play and production were so inconsistent, and what kind of -- if any -- character risk he is.

The prospect of adding Nkemdiche's talent and potential to the Giants's existing line of Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison, John Hankins, and Olivier Vernon is tantalizing. However if the Giants want to spend the 10th overall pick on him, they would need to be at peace with the player wielding those talents.