2014 NFL Draft: New York Giants’ 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

New York Giants Look to Reload at 2014 NFL Draft

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The New York Giants had a miserable 2013 season, as they started off 0-6 and never found their way before ending 7-9. During the current offseason the team has looked to reload in an attempt to win the weak NFC East in 2014, but the jury is still out on who the team may pick at the 2014 NFL Draft. Keeping this in mind, I have identified five guys who are off the radar of many but could be a dark horse first-round pick by the Giants.

5. Eric Ebron

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5. Eric Ebron

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Eric Ebron has leaped up the draft boards after a great NFL Combine, and many think he will go in the top 10 picks at the 2014 NFL Draft. Still, after ranking 19th in passing yards in 2013 and lacking a true playmaking tight end, the Giants could use the services of the freakishly athletic Ebron. There is no guarantee he will be around at pick No. 12, but New York will certainly take a long look if he is available.

4. Timmy Jernigan

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4. Timmy Jernigan

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The New York Giants had serious issues getting pressure in the backfield in 2013, and the loss of Justin Tuck only exacerbated this issue. One guy who could help fill this hole is Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, as he has above average quickness for a 300-pound man and has the strength necessary to break into the backfield. Most expect Jernigan to go in the middle of the first round, but the Giants may bite early for the big man.

3. Taylor Lewan

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3. Taylor Lewan

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New York allowed a ridiculous 40 sacks during the 2013 season, and the added low-light of ranking 29th in rushing yards shows the Giants need help on the offensive line. Taylor Lewan could certainly help in this area, as the 6-foot-7, 309-pound offensive tackle has the size needed to succeed in the NFL, and a 4.87 40-yard dash time shows he has great quickness. Lewan wouldn't be as sexy of a pick as Jake Matthews, but he could be a better one.

2. Brandin Cooks

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2. Brandin Cooks

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New York is in dire need of a secondary wide receiver option after losing Hakeem Nicks, and Brandin Cooks could be the man to fill this role. Cooks' 4.33 40-yard dash time displays world class speed that translates onto the field, and he has the great hands to match this. During the 2013 season he compiled 128 receptions, 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns, and it would be little surprise to see the Giants reach for him with the 12th pick.

1. Derek Carr

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1. Derek Carr

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At the age of 33 and coming off of ankle surgery as well as a 27 interception 2013 season, one has to wonder how long Eli Manning will be the starter in New York. This sets the stage for a quarterback to be selected with the 12th pick, and who better than Derek Carr? The former Fresno State quarterback has a huge arm strength, an adequate 6-foot-2, 214-pound frame, good accuracy and the jaw dropping statistical resume to back it up.






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