NFL Draft 2012: 5 Prospects the New York Giants Should Fall in Love with
Awarded a fourth-round compensatory draft pick by the NFL, the Giants should have their eyes set on a few prospects who can immediately aid them in obtaining back-to-back championships (via ESPN).
With Brandon Jacobs being released, Mario Manningham signing with the San Francisco 49ers and both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum beginning the season on the PUP list, the Giants need weapons on the offensive side of the football—not to mention the obvious state of the offensive line.
Not to be ignored is the defense, where the Giants could use help at the linebacker, safety and defensive tackle position.
That said, here are five prospects the Giants should look into.
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Just because the Giants signed ex-Dallas Cowboy's tight end Martellus Bennett doesn't mean they won't look to add another TE in the draft.
Bennett is known for his work in the blocking game, though his offensive abilities were overshadowed by Pro Bowler Jason Witten.
Bear Pascoe has been solid, but New York can upgrade, and Travis Beckum hasn't really benefited New York much during his three seasons with the G-Men.
Enter Coby Fleener.
The 6'6", 250-lb tight end is projected by ESPN to be the first TE taken in the 2012 NFL Draft and would fit in with the Giants nicely.
Fleener's senior season at Stanford saw him catch 34 passes for 667 yards and 10 touchdowns.
If he's still available at No. 32, the Giants should make a move.
Zach Brown, LB, UNC
Zach Brown turned some heads at the combine, posting an official 40-yard dash time of 4.50.
The 6'2" Brown is a raw linebacker, filled with speed and enough physical talent to impact the NFL in his rookie season.
Given the questions the Giants have at linebacker—and with Jonathan Goff shopping his worth around the NFL according to NJ.com—New York may be looking to add a LB via the draft.
Goff's decision will undoubtedly affect the Giants' game plan heading into the draft.
As Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin know, you can never have too much depth at the linebacker position.
Jonathan Martin, OL, Stanford
It's no secret that the Giants' offensive line wasn't at its best in 2011.
New York ranked dead last in rushing yards per game, at 89.2, just one season after finishing in the top 10 by running for more than 137 YPG.
New York hasn't used free agency to sure up its line, so why not use the draft?
The 6'6", 304-lb Stanford offensive lineman Jonathan Martin protected the blind side of future No. 1 overall draft pick (Andrew Luck) for the past few seasons and would be a great addition for the G-Men.
Martin's biggest strength is blocking in the running game, which is just what the doctor ordered for the Giants.
David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
2011 ACC Player of the Year David Wilson would benefit the Giants in the rushing game as well as the return game.
His stellar 2011 campaign saw him rush for more than 1,700 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 5.9 YPC.
He was consistent all season long, posting 10 games with at least 100-plus yards. He would be a nice backup to Ahmad Bradshaw, who has battled injuries the past few seasons.
Despite starting only one season at Virginia Tech, Wilson decided to enter the 2012 NFL Draft, running a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash at the combine.
With Brandon Jacobs gone and Bradshaw needing a backup, the Giants may look to Wilson to fill the void in 2012.
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio St.
I've already stressed the importance of bolstering the offensive line of the New York Giants, so what better way to do so with a solid offensive tackle with great footwork and quickness?
Ohio State's Mike Adams stands at 6'8", 320-lbs, yet he displays such quickness and athleticism that separates him from other offensive linemen.
Like Jonathan Martin, Adams excels in the running game, but he's also a solid blocker in the passing game.
Adams has some issues––notably showing a lack of effort every now and then on the football field––but that's nothing Tom Coughlin can't fix.
Either way, Adams would be a welcomed upgrade on the Giants' offensive line.
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