By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on April 2, 2014
With the NFL Draft a little more than a month away, each team's first round possibilities have been discussed ad nauseum. However, one thing you rarely see in draft forecasts is who teams will target after the first round. While the first round is usually reserved for the best the draft has to offer, there is still plenty of value to be had in the following rounds. It's here that teams can often make or break their draft.
With the loss of Hakeem Nicks to free agency, the Giants' receiving corps looks a lot more suspect than it has in some time. Although the Giants brought back Mario Manningham to join holdovers Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan, they could still use some help in that area. Adams is one of the better receivers in the draft, but he could fall due to the depth at the position which would be a boon for the Giants.
The Giants cut starting center David Baas this offseason and, although they brought in former Denver Bronco JD Walton, he hasn't played a game since Week 4 of the 2012 season due to injury. As a result, New York will likely be on the lookout for an insurance policy should the gamble on Walton not work out. Martin is the consensus best center in the draft with a good blend of strength and agility who could be available in the second round.
The Giants have managed to address many of their needs through free agency, but one position that is still a glaring need is tight end. New York watched Brandon Myers sign with Tampa Bay, and the other TEs on the roster don't inspire enough confidence to be penciled in as starters. Amaro is a physical freak who can create a ton of mismatches in the passing game but will need to improve his blocking to be considered an all-around prospect.
With longtime Giant Justin Tuck signing with Oakland, New York will be looking for ways to improve their usually formidable pass rush. Even with the signing of Robert Ayers, GM Jerry Reese never passes up an opportunity to land a difference making DE. Ealy, if he's available when the Giants pick, would be right up their alley as he's a bigger end capable of pressuring the QB and holding his own against the run.
As mentioned before, currently the single biggest weakness on the Giants roster is at tight end. If the Giants opt for North Carolina TE Eric Ebron in the first round then this discussion is moot, but New York doesn't seem likely to opt for a TE whose blocking is questionable with that high a pick. Niklas has been shooting up boards recently and, as a solid in-line blocker and ample pass-catcher, may be the answer to the Giants' tight end woes.
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