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New York Giants: Five Things We Learned through the NFL Draft

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NFL Draft: 5 Things We Learned from the Giants

Jerry Reese New York Giants
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The way a team approaches the NFL Draft tells us a lot about where they think they are at the moment. After a 2013 season that was riddled with disappointments, the New York Giants needed to be very active this offseason. The Giants made several moves in free agency but still needed a strong draft to address certain problem areas. Here are five things we learned about the Giants through their draft.

5. The Giants are not concerned about the tight end situation.

Adrien Robinson New York Giants
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5. The Giants are not concerned about the tight end situation.

Adrien Robinson New York Giants
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New York is clearly not too concerned about their current tight end situation with Kellen Davis and Adrien Robinson as their top two on the depth chart. Eric Ebron was not there for the Giants at No. 12 but it seems that New York would have gone in a different direction either way. The Giants did not draft a tight end this year and it seems they will try and develop some of their younger players instead.

4. The Giants are comfortable with their tackles and guards along the offensive line.

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4. The Giants are comfortable with their tackles and guards along the offensive line.

Geoff Schwartz Kansas City Chiefs
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Many speculated that New York was going to draft an offensive tackle with their first-round pick. Instead the Giants went the entire draft without picking up a tackle or a guard. Besides for the center position, the Giants have Will Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, Chris Snee and Justin Pugh along the o-line. And it seems that they are content with that at this point.

3. The Giants are concerned about David Wilson.

David Wilson New York Giants
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3. The Giants are concerned about David Wilson.

David Wilson New York Giants
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The Giants are clearly concerned about David Wilson, whether it is his performance, health or both. The Giants signed Rashad Jennings as their starter, re-signed Peyton Hillis and also drafted Heisman-finalist Andre Williams out of Boston College. Wilson is coming off of serious neck surgery but is supposed to be ready for the start of training camp. He needs to show something this year because his time in New York seems to be running out.

2. The Giants did not want J.D. Walton to be their only option at center.

Weston Richburg Colorado State
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2. The Giants did not want J.D. Walton to be their only option at center.

Weston Richburg Colorado State
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In an effort to help transform their struggling offensive line New York picked up center J.D. Walton in free agency. However, Walton has not played an NFL game since 2012 and remains a bit of a question mark. Not wanting Walton to be their only option at center, the Giants drafted Colorado State's Weston Richburg in the second round. Richburg is tough, durable and a leader, three attributes New York puts near the top of their list.

1. The Giants believed Eli Manning desperately needed another weapon.

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1. The Giants believed Eli Manning desperately needed another weapon.

Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants
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New York spent their No. 12 overall pick on wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. out of LSU. The fact that the Giants passed up on versatile offensive tackle Zach Martin tells you that New York knew Manning needed another weapon. Nicks left the Giants for the Colts, leaving New York with Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan. The Giants also brought back Mario Manningham. However, Beckham gives New York another highlight reel kind of player.

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