2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 3 Prospects the New York Giants Must Target

5 Day 3 Prospects the Giants Must Target in the 2014 NFL Draft

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While being successful on the first few days of the NFL Draft isn't considered rocket science, where the best GMs separate themselves from the rest of the pack is identifying the hidden gems on the third day. Many players fall, be it because of positional depth, character concerns, poor combine or individual workouts or other factors. However, many players use their low draft spot as motivation to thrive at the next level and often do just that.

5. Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State

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5. Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State

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Although the Giants re-signed Jon Beason this offseason, it seems like they're perpetually looking for adequate outside linebackers to flank their Mike LB. While they don't figure to address the position too early, New York would do well to bring in someone to compete with the incumbents, Jameel McClain and Spencer Paysinger. Smith is a bit on the smaller side, but is a solid tackler and plays bigger than his frame would indicate.

4. Dominique Easley, DE/DT, Florida

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4. Dominique Easley, DE/DT, Florida

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The Giants are always in search of players to augment their defensive line depth and this year will likely be no different. With the losses of Linval Joseph and Justin Tuck to free agency, New York could opt for an end or tackle at some point in the draft and, if they do, Easley is a prime candidate. While he's battled injury issues in college, he's very effective when on the field and offers the versatility that the Giants love in their linemen.

3. Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

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3. Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

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The Giants restructured Chris Snee's contract and he'll be back as the starting guard in 2014, but he's also hinted at an impending retirement. New York added John Jerry via free agency, but the jury's still out on how the league will treat him after his role in Miami's bullying scandal. Given all of that, the Giants would be wise to add some interior line depth and Jackson, who enjoyed a standout career in college, fits that bill.

2. Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina

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2. Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina

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After releasing starting center David Baas, the Giants signed JD Walton in free agency, but Walton's a huge question mark thanks to his injury history. If New York intends on starting Walton, it would do well to add a contingency plan in the draft. Although the draft is short on impact centers, Bodine figures to be available when the Giants pick in the 3rd or 4th round and has good quickness to go with his size and an adequate mean streak.

1. Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

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1. Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

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With Hakeem Nicks signing in Indianapolis, the Giants' offense lacks a true X receiver. While New York hopes Reuben Randle can take the reins, he has been plagued by inconsistency in his first few seasons in the NFL. While Bryant didn't get much notoriety at Clemson playing across from Sammy Watkins, at 6-foot-3, he's got great size and, after running the 5th fastest time of any WR at the combine, could end up a steal if he falls to the 3rd day.


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