Mel Kiper Jr. Mock Draft: Giants nab Manti Te’o at 19

Just when you thought all of the Manti Te’o talk was over, Giants fans.

In ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s third mock draft, he projects the New York Giants to select the Notre Dame linebacker with the No. 19 pick.

The Giants released veteran Michael Boley at the start of the off-season, and perhaps the only other option they have at the position was to re-sign Chase Blackburn via free agency. According to Kiper, this moves allows them to upgrade at the position.

Pick analysis: The Giants could use an upgrade at middle linebacker, and Te’o offers a pick-and-play upgrade. Say what you want about his 40 time, when you roll the tape you see a guy that has football speed because he makes reads at a faster rate than so many others.

Free-agency factor: There really isn’t a much on the market at this position, and this is a draft slot where the Giants can target a middle linebacker and expect a Week 1 starter.

Last week, Kiper’s colleague Todd McShay released his mock draft, where he projected New York to nab Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert.

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