NFL Draft 2012: New York Giants First Round Candidate: Dwayne Allen

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IFebruary 22, 2012

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 17:  Dwayne Allen #83 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates against the Auburn Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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We have a little over two months until the 2012 NFL Draft.

The draft will begin on Thursday, April 26 and carry over until Saturday, April 28.

The New York Giants won Super Bowl XLVI and will get the 32nd pick in the first round.

Before the Super Bowl, a lot of people thought the Giants primary need would be offensive line help, especially at the two tackle positions.

But in the Super Bowl, the Giants had both Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard tear their ACL's and will likely begin the 2012 season on the PUP List.

So now the Giants will need to look at potentially drafting a tight end with their first pick of the NFL Draft.

In quite a few mock drafts, one name seems to pop up a lot, Dwayne Allen of Clemson.

The soon to be 22-year-old tight end caught 50 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns during the 2011 season for the Tigers.

One of his best games was back in September where he caught seven passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in a 38-24 win over Auburn.

At 6'4" and 255 pounds, Allen is a solid blocker who can be a threat downfield and some scouts have said he has natural hands, which allows him to catch everything thrown to him.

He's not as athletic as some would like him to be, but most tight ends in the NFL aren't. But what Allen lacks in athleticism he makes up for in durability, and he is a player who can be easily coached in the pros.

According to his scouting report, he's also a very good route runner, which is something Eli Manning could take advantage of if he needs an important third down play to keep a drive going.

Before moving on to Oakland this year, Manning used to rely on Kevin Boss to make important catches, especially in the red zone.

If the Giants want to explore other options with their first-round pick, they would have to wait until the second round and the 64th overall pick, but who knows if Allen will be on the board at that point.

So Giants General Manager Jerry Reese will have a decision to make with the first pick.

Does he go with a tight end with the 32nd pick?

And if so, is Allen his guy if he is on the board when the Giants are up?