The Giants addressed their offensive line in Round 1 with the selection of Justin Pugh, the offensive tackle who will likely slide in opposite of Will Beatty Week 1.
Though protecting Eli Manning and creating gaps for David Wilson to burst through was a premier concern, the Giants still need to address areas of need along the roster.
The Giants next pick 17th in the second round (49th overall). One name rumored to be a fit is Kevin Minter, the inside linebacker out of LSU.
Minter might be the best available at the position should another team take a chance and draft former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, a prospect believed to be deserving of a first-round grade.
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Another prospect who has worked out with the G-Men in weeks leading up to the draft is former Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore, who scouts say is ready to start Week 1.
But the Giants could draft in another direction. Still on the board would be Tank Carradine, the defensive end from Florida State; Arthur Brown, the versatile linebacker out of Kansas State; or Khaseem Greene, a weakside backer who played locally at Rutgers.
Big Blue is also believed to covet former Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks, a speedster whose stock may have dropped a tad due to injury concerns.
In Round 3, the Giants could look to continue their offensive line rebuilding.
If former Florida State tackle Menelik Watson falls, perhaps he’s selected to add depth to the O-line.
A lesser-known name, Jamar Taylor out of Boise State, could be a project at cornerback. Or perhaps the Giants look to give Manning another weapon in the passing game — perhaps in the form of former Standford tight end Zach Ertz, former Cal wideout Keenan Allen or former Tennessee speedster Justin Hunter.
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