The Giants have been connected to a number of different players with the 19th selection in April’s NFL Draft, most of which has centered around the team’s moves during free agency.
Among the names floated around have been Tyler Eifert, the tight end from Notre Dame, Alec Ogletree, the linebacker out of Georgia, and Datone Jones, the defensive lineman out of UCLA.
The newest name to enter the mix is Desmond Trufant, a cornerback out of Washington, who according to Rotoworld’s Evan Silva would be a candidate to succeed Corey Webster.
Giants GM Jerry Reese is a devoted believer in BPA strategy, making his drafts thoroughly unpredictable because they come directly off an undisclosed and predetermined board. If Reese leans toward need at the 19th pick, corner would rise atop his wish list. Trufant is a tall cover man who can really run and make plays on the ball. The G-Men have to turn the page on Corey Webster.
Earlier this off-season, Webster accepted a pay cut to remain with the team after it was reported he was a candidate for release.
The Giants’ defensive backfield returns starters Prince Amukamara and Webster from a year ago, as well as second-year nickelback Jayron Hosley. In free agency, the team signed a familiar face in Aaron Ross and restructured Terrell Thomas’ deal after missing all of 2012 with a torn ACL.
Should the Giants draft the best player available, Trufant may be the right choice — of course, pending what other teams do prior to the Giants at 19. But based on need, cornerback is not the team’s most pressing need.
Neither is tight end, which the team addressed through the signing of Brandon Myers. They could add depth at the position with a late-round selection. A name to keep an eye on is Nick Casa of Colorado, who was worked out by Giants tight end coach Mike Pope earlier this month.
The greatest position of need, of course, is linebacker. With a void left by veteran Michael Boley’s departure, the Giants have been connected to Ogletree and Manti Te’o. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. projects the Giants to select the former Notre Dame standout in the first round.
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