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New York Giants 7-Round NFL Mock Draft, Late-April Edition

2014 NFL Draft: New York Giants' Seven-Round Mock, Late-April Edition

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Coming off a disappointing 7-9 campaign in 2013, the New York Giants went on an uncharacteristic spree in free agency, filling many glaring holes throughout their roster. As a result, when the NFL Draft begins in a few weeks, the Giants will be better positioned to draft the best player available rather than having to reach to fill needs. New York has seven picks this year; see who they could target in this slideshow.

1st Round, 12th Overall- Ha'Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

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1st Round, 12th Overall- Ha'Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

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At first this selection may raise eyebrows. However, when you consider that Clinton-Dix could very well be the best player remaining on the board and that two of the Giants' mainstays at safety, Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown, are no lock to be on the roster in 2015, it makes some more sense. The Giants could opt for a TE, OL or DL here, but Clinton-Dix could allow the Giants to eventually replace the aging, pricey Rolle without much drop off.

2nd Round, 43rd Overall- Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

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2nd Round, 43rd Overall- Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

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With the current options the Giants have at the tight end position coupled with new OC Ben McAdoo's tight end-heavy offensive scheme, it makes sense that the Giants will target one in the first few rounds. Eric Ebron is still a possibility in round one, but if the Giants go elsewhere, Niklas would be a solid fit in the second round. A solid pass catcher and good in-line blocker, Niklas could even be the best all-around TE in this class.

3rd Round, 74th Overall- Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina

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3rd Round, 74th Overall- Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina

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While the Giants did a lot of necessary revamping of their offensive line this offseason, one position that still remains a question mark is center. New York signed JD Walton to man the position, but Walton hasn't played in a NFL game since Week 4 of the 2012 season due to injuries. As such, the Giants should look to grab one of the draft's top centers to serve as insurance should Walton not fully recover, and Bodine could fit that role.

4th Round, 113th Overall- Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama

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4th Round, 113th Overall- Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama

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After losing Hakeem Nicks to Indianapolis, the Giants could be on the lookout for another WR prospect, even after bringing back Mario Manningham. Luckily for them, this draft is very deep at the receiver position, and it's entirely possible the Giants could have a good one fall into their laps later in the draft. Norwood has good size, but he needs to improve his consistency and route running; he'd be a good gamble for the Giants to take here.

5th Round, 152nd Overall- Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida

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5th Round, 152nd Overall- Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida

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At one time, Aaron Lynch was considered one of the bright young defensive prospects in college football. However, shortly thereafter, Lynch got homesick and had to leave Notre Dame, joining a downtrodden South Florida program. Lynch's star has faded greatly since the initial buzz and his mental makeup is certainly in question, but he could be the ultimate risk-reward pick for a team to take a shot on in the late rounds.

5th Round, 174th Overall- Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame

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5th Round, 174th Overall- Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame

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At this point in the draft, you rarely find studs, so it behooves teams to try and unearth solid role players who can fit their system. With the Giants still a little bit thin on the interior of the offensive line, they could opt for some help in Watt, who was fairly solid in his four years at Notre Dame when he stayed on the field. Watt isn't physically imposing for a guard, but he has good technique and instincts to be a good pick here.

6th Round, 187th Overall- Jordan Zumwalt, OLB, UCLA

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6th Round, 187th Overall- Jordan Zumwalt, OLB, UCLA

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The Giants don't like to spend high picks on linebackers, but it couldn't hurt for them to try to add some depth at the position beyond what they have now. Sixth rounders rarely make the team, let alone make an impact, so it's a bit overzealous to expect anything out of anyone selected here. Nonetheless, Zumwalt enjoyed a productive career at UCLA, has good speed and size and is a reliable tackler who could at least help on special teams.