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Five Potential First-Round Picks for the New York Giants

Five Potential First-Round Picks

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The New York Giants have made a tremendous amount of progress this offseason. However, as active as New York has been during this free agency period, there is still much work to be done. General manager Jerry Reese and the Giants are going to need a strong draft to help plug some holes on either side of the football. Here are five potential first-round picks for the G-Men.

5. Eric Ebron, Tight End

Eric Ebron North Carolina
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5. Eric Ebron, Tight End

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Despite Jerry Reese's recent comments about tight ends not having "prominent roles" on the Giants, North Carolina's Eric Ebron may be hard to pass up if he is still around by the time New York drafts at No. 12 overall. Ebron is an ultra-athletic tight end who screams match-up problems, even at the NFL level. Plus, the Giants are currently lacking weapons on offense, especially at the tight end position.

4. Aaron Donald, Defensive Tackle

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4. Aaron Donald, Defensive Tackle

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The Giants saw both Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph say their goodbyes this offseason. Both players were integral to New York's success along the defensive line a season ago. New York could try and replace Joseph by drafting Aaron Donald out of Pittsburgh. Donald was ACC Defensive Player of the Year last season and has the ability to be disruptive against both the run and the pass. He could also make Joseph's departure a little easier to manage.

3. Mike Evans, Wide Receiver

Mike Evans Texas A&M
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3. Mike Evans, Wide Receiver

Mike Evans Texas A&M
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Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks signed with the Colts this offseason, leaving the Giants with Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan. New York also brought back Mario Manningham, who has battled injuries since leaving New York. Texas A&M's Mike Evans is not likely to be around by the time New York picks but it is possible. The Giants could add a serious weapon to their arsenal if they reel in Evans. His talent will be hard to ignore at No. 12.

2. Zach Martin, Offensive Tackle

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2. Zach Martin, Offensive Tackle

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Last year's Giants simply could not overcome consistently poor play from the offensive line. Eli Manning was given little time and New York constantly struggled to find a rhythm. Notre Dame's Zach Martin may be a smart pick for the Giants, as they continue to try and rebuild up front. Martin started four years at tackle for the Fighting Irish and he could definitely help out New York in their biggest problem area.

1. Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle

Taylor Lewan Michigan
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1. Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle

Taylor Lewan Michigan
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While Martin is an option, the Giants will surely scoop up Taylor Lewan out of Michigan if he is still on the board at No. 12. Many experts project that Lewan could go to Buffalo at No. 9 but others have him falling to the Giants. Lewan could be a very attractive pick for New York as a long-term solution at left tackle. The Giants sank a lot of money into Will Beatty but, if his poor play continues, he will force New York's hand.