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2016 NFL Draft: Best Day 2, Day 3 fits for New York Giants

Big Blue View writers head to the round table to offer their choices.

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There is, of course, more than one round to the NFL draft. As much as fans and media obsess about the first round the true story of the draft is often told in what happens after that. With that in mind, here is a look at who your BBV staff members believe are some of the better Day 2 and Day 3 prospects for the New York Giants in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jesse Bartolis

Shon Coleman, OL, Auburn

Everything the Giants have done this offseason lends credence to my belief that they must upgrade the right side of their offensive line in the draft. Coleman was a five-star recruit in high school and has been an excellent starter for the past two seasons with the Tigers. At 6-foot-5, 307 pounds with 35 1/8-inch arms, 10 5/8-inch hands and having drawn comparisons to Greg Robinson and Ereck Flowers, Coleman is the prototype of what teams look for in offensive lineman. Was the highest-graded tackle on the play side of power runs in the draft class by Pro Football Focus. He's a run blocking machine and a perfect it for the Giants on the right side of their offensive line. A good athlete, but comes with some issues battled and overcame cancer in 2010 so there will be extensive medical checks necessary, he'll be 25 soon, and he had a MCL issue that caused him to miss the pre-draft process. That is the bad news. The good news is that a late-first/early-second round talent might be available in the third or fourth round and immediately fill a void for the Giants.

Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State

Slightly undersized small school prospect who was a combine snub. Extremely productive player with 19 passes defensed and 19 career interceptions. a leader on his team who played the back half of the field. Ran a 4.50 at his pro day with with 22 reps and 38-inch vertical. Byard would fill a position for the Giants immediately. He's a true deep center fielder who is also willing to come up and tackle, considered to have a strong football IQ and work ethic.

Devon Cajuste, WR, Stanford

Cajuste is a big target 6-4, 234 pounds 33-inch long arms and 10 3/4 inch hands. He doesn't possess great straight line speed with a 4.62 40-yard dash and is built like a tight end, but did excel in the 3-cone drill with a 6.49. That's the best in the combine and one of the best in the last few years. Odell Beckham Jr. ran a 6.69 3 cone drill. Cajuste will give the Giants a red-zone target and a guy who can catch tough balls over the middle with his size and could be the perfect complement to Beckham Jr.

NCAA Football: Maryland at Rutgers
Leonte Carroo of Rutgers
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Stephen Milewski

Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU

Hawkins has experience playing on both sides of the line and could be a future right tackle in the NFL because of exceptional length. He thrives in pass protection, but has some technical flaws and could improve his strength. He will probably need seasoning but I do believe he could start on Day 1 on the right side.

Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

Carroo might not possess the ideal height or length of big, possession-type receivers, but his top-shelf athleticism and route-running ability is what allows him to garner Day 2 consideration in the 2016 NFL Draft. He also has strong hands and quick burst that allows him to weave through the defense while running routes. Off-the-field domestic violence issues were a concern while at Rutgers and still should be as Carroo prepares to make the jump to the NFL, but if he avoids making costly mistakes off the field, he will have a lot of success on it.

Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

Henry is the unquestioned top tight end in the 2016 NFL Draft, and could be the best prospect at the position in the last several years. Henry truly does it all. He's a reliable pass-catcher (no drops in 2015) and has the strength to dominate as a run blocker in the second and third levels. His one struggle is with in-line blocking, where he can get beaten or penalized by bigger defensive linemen. However, Henry was used as a versatile threat all over the field, playing near the line, in the slot or on the outside. The Giants have routinely used tight ends often in the offense, and Henry could be a dangerous weapon under new head coach Ben McAdoo.

Chris Pflum

Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma

People get so hung up on height. Granted, having a big receiver is nice, but in Ben McAdoo's offense route running is king. A receiver who can get separation at the top of his routes and be where he is supposed to be, when he is supposed to be there, is vital. Shepard is the best route runner in this class, and besides, what's three inches in height when you have a 41-inch vertical?

Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State

Yes, the Giants spent big on the DL, but that's no reason not to build on a strength. Hargrave has an uncanny ability to flow (for lack of a better term) through an offensive line and disrupt in the backfield and the power to hold up at the point of attack. His 4.93s 40 and 34.5-inch vertical are impressive for a 310-pounder, and he's only going to get better with NFL coaching.

Jalen Mills, DB, LSU

Jalen Mills is highly regarded in the LSU program. He has played both safety and cornerback for the Tigers, giving him the kind of versatility the Giants love (and need). In addition to his athleticism, Mills is also highly regarded for his intelligence and communication, being called a coach on the field for the secondary.

NCAA Football: Maryland at Michigan State
Maryland defensive back Sean Davis
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Alex Sinclair

Dan Vitale, H-Back/TE/FB, Northwestern

My most under-the-radar guy that I think could really work for the Giants is Northwestern's Dan Vitale. He played the "superback" position in college, and I could definitely see Ben McAdoo working him into the Giants' offense. The "superback" is sort of like a receiving-fullback but has to be able to block. Vitale ticks all the boxes for how McAdoo uses the TE/FB as a hybrid position and could be had in the late rounds.

Sean Davis, DB, Maryland

Davis can play corner and safety and would offer a lot of versatility as a rangy free-safety to pair with Landon Collins. He's likely a third or fourth rounder, and would solidify a spot that has seen a lot of different guys since Antrel Rolle's departure.

Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

Murphy would be an upgrade at right tackle and should be available in the middle rounds. I don't think many people trust Marshall Newhouse, and the Giants can't afford to spend a first rounder on every offensive line spot. Murphy would replace an aging veteran with some much-needed youth.