2013 NFL Mock Draft: 7-Round Projections for New York Giants

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New York Giants 2013 Mock Draft: All 7 Rounds (Part 7)

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The past seven weeks have gone by so fast. During this time, college prospects have prepared for a day that will shape the rest of their lives. This is a time when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calls their name and they join football’s highest level of play.

It is now less than a week to go before the NFL Draft. Teams probably are close to determining their selections. Despite signings in free agency, teams continue to have areas that need to be addressed. One particular franchise must add to a few positions in order to regain status as a Super Bowl contender.

Recent history has been kind to the New York Giants when it comes to this big picture. New York has finished as Super Bowl champions two out of the last six years. In other sports such a span of time may be viewed as less significant. However, there is such a level of parity in this league that wins should appreciated. Weakness in their secondary may hinder New York through this journey to get back there. As I have said on several occasions, defensive end should also be considered a priority. The position of linebacker continues to be a place of uncertainty after some departures earlier in the offseason. An addition to the offensive line should also be made.

Left guard in particular could use an upgrade. I have been fairly consistent throughout the process. This speaks to an understanding of their needs as well as where available talent fits. Once again, New York holds the 19th overall pick with all seven selections and one compensatory choice in the seventh round. With all of that said, here is the final part the Rants Sports New York Giants Mock Draft.

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First Round: Datone Jones, Defensive End, UCLA

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There has been little change here, and I really see no reason to replace Datone Jones. Jones would greatly help the Giants get into an opponent’s backfield. Some see Jones going later in the first round, however he plays with a such power. New York also could the ability to play him at defensive tackle.DJ Fluker, a guard from Alabama is an alternative selection that general manager Jerry Reese could choose.

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Second Round: Khaseem Green, Outside Linebacker, Rutgers

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For the second week in a row Khaseem Green is the second-round choice. Greene shows a quick release off the line of scrimmage. His experience at safety shows that he possesses speed. It would be a smart decision to pair Greene with Mathias Kiwanuka and Jacquian Williams.

There could be a scenario where general manager Jerry Reese could choose middle linebacker Manti Te’o over Greene. From a talent standpoint it would be close; however the extra attention that accompanies Te’o makes this a bad move.

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Third Round: Brian Winters, Offensive Guard, Kent State

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The selection of Brian Winters should come as no surprise. If he is there by the time New York picks in this round it is a no brainer. Winters addresses concerns over the backups, and could start early in his tenure. He brings good size and terrific technique to the Giants offensive line.

Recent discussion suggests that he could be taken in the second round. This is unfortunate because a need at linebacker means he may not be picked there. If he is gone, they may take Dallas Thomas in order to fill a need at right tackle.

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Fourth Round: Shawn Williams, Strong Safety, Georgia

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Here was yet another player that made his debut last week. Shawn Williams from Georgia lies under the radar due to his lack of interceptions. Williams as I said last week provides another reliable tackler for the Giants. Stevie Brown would benefit from his presence, as Williams provides a reliable backup and option in the nickel package.

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Fifth Round: Reid Fragel, Right Tackle, Ohio State

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Yes, so far there has been no change to last week’s Mock Draft. There is good reason for remaining with the same choices. After watching the Giants last year and studying their needs it is obvious what they are lacking. A reserve right tackle is something that would serve the Giants well. David Diehl often deals with injury, and James Brewer has a lot to prove. Fragel uses great size combined with solid technique to protect his quarterback.

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Sixth Round: Mychal Rivera, Tight End, Tennessee

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Mychal Rivera has become regular on the Mock Draft. Eli Manning would benefit from the addition of Rivera with an ability to use two tight ends. His brother Peyton Manning often uses this kind of formation, which help to stretch defenses. Rivera’s performance at Tennessee was overlooked as he displayed great athleticism.

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Seventh Round: Miguel Maysonet, Running Back, Stony Brook

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Prospects from a smaller school often have trouble getting noticed by NFL teams. Miguel Maysonet from Stony Brook shined against FCS talent from the FBS, and also played well against Army. The physical gifts provide Maysonet a chance to succeed at the next level. With a seventh- round pick New York has a unique opportunity to add to their running back group that already possesses Andre Brown.

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

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Here is the final choice of the Mock Draft series. Rod Sweeting has been selected the past few weeks, and once again becomes a Giant with this week’s projection. With this player, New York acquires a hard hitting player that could provide occasional help in the secondary. At the beginning of the season Sweeting will contribute mostly in nickel page, and in the kick return game.

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