10 Prospects the New York Giants Should Be Watching After the Combine
The NFL combine has showcased a number of noteworthy performances thus far, and there have been a number of prospects that have garnered the attention of Jerry Reese and the Giants organization.
The Super Bowl champion Giants have a number of needs heading into the offseason, as they have a number of key players from last year's team set to hit the free-agent market.
These players have an uncertain future with the organization, which may translate into needs for the Giants.
Injuries have also addressed some potential needs for the franchise, so here are 10 players that the Giants should continue to pursue after the combine.
Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
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Orson Charles decided not to run at the combine on Saturday due to a slow start in his training process, but there is no question that the tight end improved his stock by throwing up 225 pounds for 35 reps.
Charles fits the mold as a second-round talent to me because he is not a fluid route runner and tries to use his strength to avoid defenders too much.
The Giants have a tremendous void at the tight end position because of the ACL injuries that both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckham suffered in the Super Bowl, so expect the Giants to address the need for a tight end early in the draft.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
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Dwayne Allen is the best tight end in this year's draft class.
Allen is an outstanding route runner who understands how to find holes in the defense, and he has a unusual blend of size, speed and athleticism that goes along with his knowledge of the game.
The tight end is also an above-average blocker, which is a quality that the Giants desperately need as well.
I would not have a problem taking Allen with the 32nd-overall pick if he is still available on the board.
Kelechi Osemele, OT/G, Iowa State
Kelechi Osemele is a player that has a ton of upside. He specializes as a run-blocker, and he has the ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line.
The Giants could squeeze him in at left guard next season or implement him at right tackle if they decide to part with Kareem Mckenzie, which seems likely at this point.
The Giants need youth and athleticism along the offensive line, and that is exactly what Osemele can bring them.
Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
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The Giants have to address the linebacker position in this year's draft due to the uncertainty of the return of linebackers Jonathan Goff and Chase Blackburn, and Dont'a Hightower may be the perfect fit.
Hightower plays with an extremely high motor, and he would be another weapon that would strengthen the Giants pass rush. Hightower is also impressive at shedding blockers in the run-game, and he also possess excellent speed and lateral quickness.
The Giants should take Hightower in the first round if the linebacker is still available at pick 32.
Rokevious Watkins, G/OT, South Carolina
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Rokevious Watkins is a late-round pick that the Giants can engage with if they decide to fill other needs early in the draft.
Watkins is a much better run-blocker than pass-blocker, and he was a key component for opening up running lanes for superstar running back Marcus Lattimore during the 2011 season.
Watkins has an enormous 340-pound frame that NFL teams may want to slim down to around 325, and although the Giants have received better guard play as the season has progressed, adding depth is still a fundamental aspect that needs to be addressed.
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
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Coby Fleener maybe the most pro-ready tight end prospect in this year's class, and he maybe the perfect fit for Eli Manning.
Fleener is not a great blocker, but he is skilled at anticipating the throw and finding it in the air. He is also an excellent route runner that has the size to be an effective target in the red zone.
Jerry Reese will have a tough decision to make at the end of the first round, especially if both Fleener and Dwayne Allen and Dont'a Hightower are still on the board.
Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss
Bobby Massie was a massive body along the Ole Miss offensive line, and he was able to dominate at times in the run game.
Massie projects to be a right tackle in the NFL, and he could be a solid late-round pick for the Giants. The tackle was a three-year starter at Ole Miss, which allowed him to face the nation's top competition week in, week out.
Josh Robinson, DB, UCF
Terrell Thomas, Aaron Ross and Will Blackmon will all be hitting the free-agent market this offseason, which translates into a potential need for the Giants come draft time.
Josh Robinson enters the draft after an impressive junior season at Central Florida. The defensive back contributed 48 tackles, two interceptions and 15 pass breakups to the Knights defense.
Robinson is extremely impressive in zone coverage, and he earned First-Team All-Conference-USA honors for the second year in a row.
The defensive back did not always play against the nation's best competition, but he still had some impressive performances against college football's top talent, which includes 2010's fourth-overall pick, A.J. Green, in the Autozone Liberty Bowl.
Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
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There have been a number of reports circulating the rumor that Mario Manningham will not return to the Giants this season, and if that is true, then New York will need to add a receiver.
Jarius Wright fits the mold of Manningham, as the two are almost identical in size, speed and weight. Wright ran an impressive 4.42 40-yard dash at the combine, and he could be a steal in the third or fourth round.
Wright would also replace Manningham as the team's dynamic deep-threat.
Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
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Cordy Glenn is a enormous prospect that possess a ton of athletic ability. The former Georgia Bulldog weighed in at 345 pounds, but still ran an impressive 5.15 40-yard dash.
He has the strength, agility and reach to make him an impressive blocker, and he had some dominating games as he opened up large holes for the ground game.
Glenn is an above-average pass-protecter as well, but Giants may find him as a better guard prospect.