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In order to fully grasp what I'm doing in each slide, you have to first understand what I believe the Giants' biggest needs are.
Tight end and offensive line are the top needs by far. They lost Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum to torn ACLs in the Super Bowl and neither are expected to be 100 percent healthy during the 2012 season.
The offensive line was obviously good enough to win the Super Bowl, but they were pretty bad at times during the regular season. David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie took huge steps backwards and will likely not be starters in the 2012 season. The Giants will likely be looking for an interior offensive lineman first and foremost, since they like James Brewer to be able to take over at one of the tackle positions at some point. Why not now?
Dwayne Allen, Clemson: Dwayne Allen is the consensus No. 1 tight end right now and for good reason. He was not completely utilized at Clemson (how often have we heard that about a tight end in college?), but his talents will allow him to become a serious weapon for whoever drafts him.
The tight end position is much more important in the NFL, and Allen is of the new mold—crazy athletic, creates huge mismatch problems and can block better than people give him credit for. Allen would be the starter right off the bat and give Eli a weapon over the middle and a security blanket.
Coby Fleener, Stanford: Fleener was a great weapon for Andrew Luck at Stanford. The benefit you have from drafting a guy like Fleener is he was well-coached and played in a pro-style offense under Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw.
Fleener may not have the athleticism that Allen has, but the drop off in talent is minimal. Fleener can stretch the field and work the seems already, which is what you want a tight end to be able to do in the NFL these days. He is also a terrific red zone threat, catching 10 touchdown passes in 2011.
David DeCastro, Stanford: David DeCastro is one of the better interior lineman prospects to come out in a long time, meaning the Giants would definitely have to trade up if they wanted him. It would be worth it, but we know how Reese is about trades.
Still, DeCastro is a monster that would instantly improve a unit that finished dead last in rushing in 2011. David Diehl was a disaster at left guard and it is clear the Giants are not willing to let Mitch Petrus take over a starting job.
Not only is DeCastro a dominant force inside, but he was a terrific locker room presence. If the Giants made a move for him, it would only be because they want him starting straight away.
Cordy Glenn, Georgia: Glenn is not as much of a sure thing as DeCastro, but he showed flashes of brilliance at Georgia. He also had bad games, such as the one against Boise State, but that can happen to the best of players.
Glenn's size ( 6'6'' 346 pounds) will allow him to be an intimidating run-blocker inside. Pat Flaherty should be able to shore up any weaknesses Glenn has and develop him in to a Pro Bowl-caliber player.
Peter Konz, Wisconsin: First off let me say—I know Konz played center at Wisconsin. In all likelihood, Konz will be gone by the time the Giants pick at 32, but how much earlier is the question. If Jerry Reese just has to give up a 3rd or 4th rounder next year to move up and get Konz, he might do it.
Konz was a monster at center for the Badgers and he played in the Big 10 where they fancy their defenses. He gives the Giants flexibility in that he could play left guard, or he could start at center and let David Baas move over the left guard, where he played some with San Francisco.
This could be one of those value picks as well if Konz somehow makes it all the way to the Giants—Reese likes to take the best player on his board and Konz does help fill a need as well.