Signs point to the Giants drafting defensively in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft, with linebacker, defensive line and defensive back heralded as positions of need.
That sentiment was echoed by ESPN’s top NFL Draft insiders this week, as both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. project New York to bolster its secondary with the 19th selection Thursday night.
In his final mock draft, McShay writes the Giants will select cornerback D.J. Hayden out of Houston.
Yesterday, I wrote about the Giants looking to add another corner with the uncertain state of the current secondary. Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley are expected to be the starting cornerbacks, but neither are a proven product at this juncture in their careers. And an aging Corey Webster showed last year he cannot perform at the level he used to.
Hayden, touted as one of the risers in this year’s draft class, ran a 4.42 in the 40-yard-dash at his pro day. The 5-foot-11 defensive back is coming off an injury that prematurely ended his 2012 season at Houston, but has been medically cleared. His best attributes include fluid coverage skills, quick feet, superb closing speed and his natural playmaking instincts.
Kiper also expects the Giants to draft a cornerback with the 19th pick, though the veteran draft insider believes it will be former Washington Huskie Desmond Trufant who falls to New York Thursday.
Kiper believes Trufant is ready to start immediately for the Giants. The third of the Trufant brothers to make it to the professional ranks, Desmond is ranked 18th on McShay’s Big Board, seven spots ahead of his compatriot, Hayden.
In Kiper’s list of the top five prospects at each position, Trufant ranks second, behind only Dee Milliner of Alabama. Hayden is ranked fifth.
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