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New York Giants 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: 7 Rounds

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New York Giants 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3

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Another week of the NFL offseason has come and gone. The New York Giants have been quiet in the free agent market since the Cullen Jenkins signing. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

Veterans like Ed Reed and Brian Urlacher suddenly were looking for a new place to play. Reed landed a three year $15 million deal with the Houston Texans. Houston made a significant upgrade in their secondary, for now. In three years Reed will be 37, and probably be broken down physically. He was not the only veteran option.

Urlacher is three years younger than Reed and is considered to be one of the best middle linebackers of all time. His intensity and tackling ability was a trademark for the Chicago Bears. This position is a need for the Giants, but they need to go in another direction. Urlacher’s age and battle tested body has caught up to him, meaning New York should address such the position through the 2013 NFL Draft. The offensive line could use depth especially at left guard.

Defensive end has yet to be addressed, but a possible solution should not be a certain experienced player. Former Atlanta Falcon defensive end John Abraham has been a dynamic pass rusher and still had 10 sacks last year. He is however aging, and just like Urlacher he is sitting at 34 years old. A high-energy rookie who would be in his early 20’s should be a preference. Depth again is addressed in the draft with a running back being selected in the later rounds. There is an additional pick that was awarded to New York as compensation. It is the 253rd pick, which is the second to last overall pick.

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First Round: Datone Jones, Defensive End, UCLA

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For the second week in a row, I believe that the Giants will and honestly should take a defensive end in the first round. Damontre Moore from Texas A&M was my previous pick. He struggled during the combine and suffered an injury at A&M’s Pro Day. Datone Jones however, fits better than Moore. I tried to overlook these issues and defend Moore based on production during his career, but it was too much to overcome. Many feel that the 19th overall section which New York currently owns is also an accurate place for Jones. Jones has a quicker burst off the line of scrimmage in pass coverage. He is also able to come up and make stops on run plays.

As stated in my previous draft Osi Umenyiora continues to be a likely departure as the two sides could not agree on a contract. Jason Pierre-Paul could play as the outside linebacker on third down. Jones could also be used in this same versatile role at times. All of these rushers together would form a dangerous combination.

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Second Round: Jonathan Cyprien, Strong Safetey, Florida International

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Jonathan Cyprien was the second- round pick last week and should be again. The Giants of course still have a gifted free safety in Antrel Rolle. As mentioned he had 96 tackles this past year. However, there can never be enough depth in a secondary given the quality of quarterbacks New York has to face every year.

Cyprien and Rolle would form a great pair in pass coverage as well. Stevie Brown is also a promising young player, but depth is important. The Giants also show they want to take the best player available. Cyprien’s stock has remained basically unchanged.

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Third Round: Brian Winters, Offensive Guard, Kent State

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Brian Winters was also taken in last week’s Mock Draft; the only difference is that he moves up a round. Despite his inexperience at left tackle, Winters proved to be an effective blocker in both the run and pass. At 310 pounds, he is extremely hard to push off the line of scrimmage. No other signings have been made so far, so as established earlier Selvish Capers, and Chris Degeare don’t have much experience. They were also both taken in lower rounds, so their potential could be limited. David Diehl is also coming off surgery for a broken hand. He also was injury-prone anyway. Eli Manning needs someone to constantly protect his blind side.

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Fourth Round: Chase Thomas, Outside Linebacker, Stanford

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Outside linebacker is still a need with the Giants. Chase Thomas is another new addition to this week’s Mock Draft. Thomas is a hard hitter, especially when it comes to stopping run plays. He had a great senior season at Stanford with 71 total tackles and 7.5 sacks. As it was mentioned last week, there is a great deal of uncertainty in this group of linebackers. There has been no contact between Chase Blackburn and the Giants. Dan Connor and Mark Herzlick have a lot of potential, but they both combined for 87 tackles. Thomas would create an impressive trio in the middle of New York’s defense./p>

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Fifth Round: Cierre Wood, Running Back, Notre Dame

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For the third draft in a row, I have Cierre Wood projected to join New York. Wood is still slated to be a fifth-round selection which is a great time for the Giants to select the running back from Notre Dame. Wood is a potentially explosive addition to a backfield that would become a triple threat.

David Wilson really justified his first-round selection at the end of last season. Despite the vulnerability of the New Orleans Saints defense, it is still impressive to run for three touchdowns in a NFL game. Andre Brown came out of nowhere when the now former Giant Amhad Bradshaw went down. Wood runs well to the outside, and his receiving abilities have already been established.

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Sixth Round: Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, Tight End

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Mychal Rivera was my sixth-round pick last week, and he is once again. Former Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers is there, but he has no extended history of success. Travis Beckum is often injured, and may leave anyway. Rivera would fix this problem of depth. 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. He made a good impression at his school’s Pro Day by doing 21 repetitions on the bench press, and had a 31 inch vertical jump. His 238 pound build also makes him appealing.

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Seventh Round: Collin Klein, Quarterback, Kansas State

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For the third week in a row, Collin Klein is the pick here. New York has yet to find a better option than Curtis Painter. If Eli Manning goes down, the Giants could face a similar situation to the Indianapolis Colts in 2011.

Klein continues to be a question mark in the minds of league scouts. While there are still issues regarding his mechanics, he experienced a lot of success with Kansas State. He completed 64.8 percent of his passes last year, with 30 touchdowns and 16 interceptions during his four year career.

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Seventh Round (Compensatory Pick): Rod Sweeting, Cornerback, Georgia Tech

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Rod Sweeting impressed at the Combine with a time of 4.42 in the 40- yard dash. At Georgia Tech, Sweeting showed the ability to come up in run support. The problem is that despite his open field speed, there is a concern that he allows receivers to get behind him.

Sweeting also offers versatility on Special Teams. Last season he averaged 22.7 yards on kickoff returns, and 14.1 yards against punt coverage. Similar to the kickoff team, Reuben Randle will likely have a larger role in receiving. As a result the Giants should find an alternative to return punts. Adding depth behind Aaron Ross and Corey Webster is also a good idea.