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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players the New York Giants Must Avoid

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New York Giants: 5 Players They Must Avoid in the 2014 NFL Draft

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Although the New York Giants managed to fill several holes through free agency, they still have some work to do in the upcoming draft. The Giants have holes at tight end and defensive end and could use help on both lines, precipitating the need for players at those positions. However, just because the Giants have a need at a certain position, doesn't mean they should draft just anybody; the following are players they must avoid.

5.) C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

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5.) C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

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C.J. Fiedorowicz is the consensus fifth-best tight end prospect in this class, so why must the Giants avoid him? New York has a black hole at tight end and only the top-four tight end prospects are likely to be able to step in and produce right away. If they've selected Fiedorowicz, it means they missed out on all of those four and the TE position will remain a big question mark.

4.) Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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4.) Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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Darqueze Dennard may be the best cover corner in this draft, but after signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond to go with holdovers Prince Amukumara, Trumaine McBride and Jayron Hosley, perhaps the last thing the Giants need is another CB. Dennard could be a very good player in the NFL, but the Giants have bigger needs elsewhere and should stay away from him on draft day.

3.) Ha'Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix

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3.) Ha'Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix

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Much like Dennard, Clinton-Dix figures to be a staple in some team's secondary for years to come. However, the Giants are well stocked at safety with Antrel Rolle, Will Hill, Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps, meaning if they select Clinton-Dix, they've ignored another key position of need to add to an existing strength.

2.) Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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2.) Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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Opinions vary greatly on Barr, who at one point was considered a top-five prospect, but could fall into the low teens depending on how the draft shakes out. While the Giants are certainly in need of another pass-rusher, Barr has never played with his hand on the ground as an end and is better suited for a team that runs a 3-4 or for someone who will use him as a SAM linebacker. The Giants don't fit either category and should look elsewhere.

1.) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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1.) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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Perhaps you've heard, but the Giants don't draft linebackers in the first round -- they haven't done so in 30 years and aren't likely to start now. Couple that with the fact that they re-signed MLB Jon Beason this offseason and Mosley would not only be a complete outlier in Giants draft history, he'd be asked to move to an OLB spot. Not only would that limit his effectiveness, but you don't draft 4-3 OLBs in the top 15.