By Max Fehrs – Big Blue United 3.2.13
After a sub-par season the Giants have a lot of work to do. That being said, General Manager Jerry Reese has already started making big moves to help revamp the team and resign key free agents.
However, This draft is deep with talents that the Giants have to take advantage of if they wish to compete in a division that down the road, Could be one of the best in the NFL. Below are the college prospects that could have an immediate impact if drafted by the Giants.
1) Alec Ogletree/ ILB/ Georgia
It’s no secret that the linebacking corps has been an area of weakness in recent years and with the release of veteran Michael Boley and the absence of Chase Blackburn’s physical abilities, it would behoove Jerry Reese to go with a linebacker in the first round.
Alec Ogletree could be could fit for the Gmen and fits Reese’s draft profile. The former safety has great speed (4.70 40 time) and great instincts. Ogletree is a good run-blocker and can slip through the line to make sacks or tackles for losses. Due to his speed he’s also good in coverage which makes him an even more valuable pick, especially for the Giants.
2) Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
With Osi Umenyiora Heading to the free-agent market, And Justin Tuck’s play potentially on the decline, the Giants could opt to draft a defensive end the first round.
A rough go at the combine, mixed with outstanding performances by other D-ends could make Moore fall in this years draft. Damontre Moore has the physical attributes to be an absolute monster in the NFL, Standing at 6’4″ 250 pounds. Moore Has the ability to flat-out destroy linemen and tight-ends off of the line. His initial quickness makes him good at setting the edge and tracking down running backs, While also creating havoc in the backfield. Bottom Line if Moore is available at pick 19, He’s a no-brainer for Big Blue.
3) Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Martellus Bennett is likely to test the free-agent market. Thus continuing the annoying Giants tight-end carousel. If the Giants truly want to have a long-lasting option at the TE spot, Eifert could be their guy. Eifert put on a show at the combine owning all of the top performances in the tight-end category. If Bennett is to leave, the Giants would lack a true receiving TE. Tyler Eifert would have the chance to solve that problem immediately.
Eifert uses all of his 6’6″ 251pound frame, And 35.5″ vertical to go up and make catches. He’s a huge threat with his quickness (4.6 40-time) and is a mismatch on almost any linebacker even in the NFL. Experts note that Eifert displays excellent hands and body position while in the air and can take the top off of an opposing defense. Eifert is decent at run blocking, but with proper training he could a excel. Bottom line with this pick is if the Giants draft Eifert, they’ll potentially be adding another excellent receiver to add to the already lethal Giant arsenal.