New York Giants 2013: Is Best First-Round Draft Prospect Manti Te'o?

By Joseph Alario
Manti Te'o
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New York Giants GM Jerry Reese has had a deft hand in selecting top prospects deep in the NFL draft so far in his tenure with the organization. Of the top picks over the past seven years only Kenny Philips isn’t playing with the team currently. He also has a great eye in picking up value, e.g. Victor Cruz and Andre Brown. That being said about his track record, what can Giants fans expect this Thursday?

This offseason’s free agent acquisitions have helped to plug some holes for the G-men. With the 19th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Giants have options and many think Reese will select D.J Fluker, an OT from Alabama.  At 6-5, 339 pounds, Fluker is a huge presence on the offensive line, the only problem is he is slow. Who knows, Reese may want Fluker’s power as insurance for David Diehl, whose focus off the field last year made local news during the preseason and whose play hasn’t been what it was. But I hope Reese takes a flyer on a different player.

Reece might be trying to fill the linebacker vacancy left by Chase Blackburn’s signing with the Carolina Panthers.  If he is still on the board by the 19th pick, and due to the past year’s “catfish” controversy he may well be, the New York Giants just might pick Manti Te’o.

Why Te’o then? The Giants added LB Dan Connor to replace Blackburn. Who you might say? Conner played for the Dallas Cowboys last season starting eight games and making 55 tackles; if he would have played 15 games like Blackburn he would have put up comparable numbers. The Giants couldn’t stop the run last season (ranked 25th against the rush) and that’s why they didn’t make the playoffs. If they want to get better then they will have to do something exciting. A good start might as well be drafting the best linebacker marred by scandal.

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