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New York Giants 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2:7 Rounds

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New York Giants 2013 NFL Mock Draft Week 2:7 Rounds

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The New York Giantsw York Giants made a splash early in free agency by signing defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins from their division rival Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins used his big size to create problems in the middle and performed well on an otherwise struggling Eagles defense. A few other moves have occurred for the Giants. These transactions will definitely impact this season, and also alter a few positions of need in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft./p>

Teams like the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos have signed major names especially at wide receiver. New York turned to a familiar face as they brought back cornerback Aaron Ross. Ross never quite lived up to his potential, and he returns after struggling greatly with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Safety and kicker have also been positions where the Giants have focused on. Receiver continues to be a strength as far as current talent, but there is uncertainty when it comes to contract negotiations.

The same can be said for the linebacker spot in regards to going forward. So far departures have not had a significantly negative impact, but unfortunately for Giants fans it is early and this could change. Guard Kevin Boothe likely will walk as well. It looks like New York will choose to pursue an option through free agency. They met with New York Jets free agent starter Matt Slauson. Slauson would adequately fix any opening there. Until that happens thought, this spot must be adressed, so here is the second of seven mock drafts.

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First Round:Damontre Moore,Defensive End,Texas A&M

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The New York Giants have a legacy of elite pass rushers. This lineage includes Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan. Damontre Moore would fit in well. Moore’s weight of 250 pounds makes him a good build for New York’s 4-3 base defense. Moore shows great acceleration when trying to get to the quarterback.

Osi Umenyiora is probably gone due to his desire for more money. Justin Tuck is injury- prone, so depth is important here. Jason Pierre-Paul could play as the outside linebacker on third down. Moore could also be used in this versatile role at times. All of these rushers together would form a dangerous combination. Last week's selection in in this round was defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

Given Jenkins' addition, it seems that other positions have beome a priority. Based on age, contract issues, and Moore's talent, this pick just makes more sense at this point.
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Second Round: Jonathan Cyprien, Strong Safety, Florida International

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Antrel Rolle is a tremendous tackler from the free safety position. In fact he had 96 stops this past year. However, there can never be enough depth in a secondary given the quality of quarterbacks New York has to face in the regular season, as well as during a postseason run.

Although he played at a small school, Jonathan Cyprien was an instrumental part of the Florida International defense. Cyprien flies around the field and presents a versatile game. His 93 tackles and three interceptions last year show what he is capable of. While Rolle is very good, he only had two interceptions last year. This would offer balance on the other side. Stevie Brown was tremendous last year, and will most likely return after being given a second round tender. Cyprien however, allows for a dynamic nickel package and injury insurance at the very least.

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Third Round: Sean Porter, Outside Linebacker, Texas A&M

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Chase Blackburn, and Keith Rivers both struggle to stay on the field. Rivers resigned while Blackburn’s future is unknown at this point. There also must be an addition that replaces the loss of Michael Boley.>

The Texas A&M Aggies are well represented by New York as Porter was also responsible for following up star Vaughn Miller when he left for the NFL. While he did not have quite the impact of Miller, Porter brought a well-rounded game to the outside linebacker position. He effectively gets involved to make tackles, and beats offensive linemen off the ball in an effort to get to the quarterback. Against Alabama he lined up on both sides of the field, which he can do on a regular basis.

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Fourth Round: Brian Winters, Offensive Guard, Kent State

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This selection is an intriguing project. Brian Winters transitioned from left tackle to left guard during the Senior Bowl. Selvish Cappers was a seventh round pick in 2010 and has only played in three games. Stephen Goodin is also an unknown commodity. Chris DeGeare also has yet to prove himself as a long term solution.

Winters has good size and shows solid ability, especially for a small school product. He will need some time to develop into his new position. Once enough time goes by, Winters who also holds up well against pass rushers, could take top position on the depth chart.

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Fifth Round: Cierre Wood, Running Back, Notre Dame

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For the second week in a row, Cierre Wood is projected to join New York. Wood did however, climb up a round. The Giants present a good fit for the versatile back from Notre Dame. David Wilson and Andre Brown comprise a dynamic tandem with their contrasting styles. Wilson is the feature back who thrives in the open field while Brown is the bruising power runner who can bully his way through to the end zone. There is just one thing missing. A smaller player who can catch balls out of the backfield would complete this picture. Wood fits such a role, and compliments them both perfectly.

Wood had 27 receptions in 2011. That number decreased to five last year, but he can contribute in the passing game. The dual threat was missing since Ahmad Bradshaw went down with injury, and then was ultimately released earlier this off-season. He can also return kicks as Wilson shouldn’t be doing this anymore as the starter.

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Sixth Round: Mychal Rivera, Tight End, Tennessee

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Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers was signed, depth at this position became a weak spot on the Giants’ roster. Martellus Bennett signed with the Chicago Bears to provide another receiving threat for Jay Cutler. In the process, a need was created for New York. This position has recently been a revolving door with Kevin Boss, then, Jake Ballard, and Bennett.>

Travis Beckum is often injured, and may leave anyway. Mychal Rivera would fix this problem. Rivera is a solid blocker; he also has the ability to be a great part of a passing game. In his third year at Tennessee , Rivera recorded 36 catches for five touchdowns in his final season. Manning could use him as a target to stretch the middle of the field. Rivera could be helpful in two tight end sets, but Myers also enjoyed one breakout year, and could see his production decrease.

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Seventh Round: Collin Klein, Quarterback, Kansas State

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This is the same pick as last week. Eli Manning owns the job as long as he is healthy.There needs to be another backup added to the roster as David Carr will most likely leave in search of an actual chance to play. New addition Curtis Painter backed up Eli’s older brother Peyton Manning, but did not perform very well when forced into action.

Collin Klein faces questions regarding footwork and accuracy. Klein does however, have above average athleticism for someone with his size. He allows New York to develop their own prospect, and there is no pressure to rush this process. As a result, it works for both sides.