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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Names New York Giants Fans Need To Know

5 Names New York Giants Fans Need To Know

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The New York Giants have seven picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, including the 12th overall selection. With these picks, New York will look to add young talent to a team that has missed the playoffs four of the last five seasons. The Giants have needs at tight end, offensive line, wide receiver, defensive line and linebacker. Other than that, they're all set. Here are five players that Giants fans should familiarize themselves with before the draft.

5. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

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5. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

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Aaron Donald is one of the fastest rising prospects in the draft. He recorded 29.5 sacks during his time at Pittsburgh, and had the most tackles for loss in the nation his senior season. Donald is an undersized 3-technique who uses his speed and quickness to get after the quarterback. The Giants could use their first-round pick on Donald to add an interior pass-rush to their defense.

4. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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4. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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Taylor Lewan is one of the elite offensive line prospects in the draft. At 6-foot-7, 309 pounds, Lewan possesses prototypical size for an NFL tackle. He started 48 games while at Michigan and would be able to start for a team from Day 1. Due to his off-field issues, Lewan could potentially fall to the 12th pick. Big Blue would be smart to select Lewan and secure the left side of their line for years to come.

3. Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

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3. Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

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Kareem Martin has the physical tools to be an impact defensive end in the NFL. While he showed flashes of his talent at UNC, Martin was unable to dominate his competition like many projected him to do. Still, Martin would be a player worth taking a shot on in the second or third round. The Giants could use depth at the defensive end position, and Martin has the potential to develop into a very good pro.

2. Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

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2. Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

Travis Swanson
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The Giants signed J.D. Walton this offseason to be their starting center. Still, with Walton's long injury history, New York would be wise to bring in a young center to act as Walton's backup and eventual successor. Travis Swanson was a two-time captain and started 50 games for Arkansas. He will likely be available for the Giants in the fourth or fifth round.

1. Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia

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1. Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia

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New York is filled with uncertainty at the tight end position. If the Giants do not select a tight end in the first two days of the draft, they should look to Arthur Lynch on Day 3. Lynch was named First-Team All-SEC in his final season at Georgia. He is a traditional tight end who is solid as a blocker and receiver. If Lynch can improve his consistency, he would be a steal for the Giants in the later rounds of the draft.