Which 2013 Draft Prospects Should New York Giants Already Be Scouting?
Is it ever too early to look ahead to the next NFL draft? The 2013 draft is just 10 short months away, and you can never be too prepared. The New York Giants have done a fantastic job building through the draft under Jerry Reese, which has undoubtedly led to two Super Bowl wins in five seasons.
But who should the Giants be targeting for next year? Reese places an emphasis on positions like offensive line, defensive line, defensive back and wide receiver. With that in mind, I have five players the Giants should currently have their eye on, wherever they end up picking in the first round.
D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Giants may have drafted two offensive linemen in the 2012 NFL draft, but with Will Beatty still having to prove himself and his contract being up at the end of next season, don't be surprised to see the Giants target the offensive line early next year.
D.J. Fluker is a dominating run blocker, something the Giants desperately need, and has an all-around game that could rival any offensive lineman coming out next year. He could anchor the Giants offensive line for 10 years.
Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama
Honestly, Giants fans hope they won't have a chance to draft Barrett Jones next season, because that would mean they had a top 15 selection.
Jones is incredibly versatile. He's played both guard and tackle for Alabama and is switching to center for this season.
Given his ability to play all along the line and his physical tools, Jones will be coveted by many NFL teams.
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
German-born Bjoern Werner will look to improve on a surprise sophomore season and is a player that should land on the preseason awards watch lists.
The Giants are always looking to improve or keep the pass rush dominant, and Werner is a complete player that could play behind Justin Tuck. He has incredible strength and is developing the necessary pass-rush moves to make it at the next level.
Werner had 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks in 2011.
Sean Porter, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
Sean Porter is a combination player that could fit as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 or a linebacker in a 4-3. He played the rush linebacker last season, but Kevin Sumlin is changing to a 4-3 and Porter will get the chance to show off his versatility.
He would have to put on some weight, but his pass-rushing skills are top notch, and the Giants would do well to take notice.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Tyler Eifert is someone who could have been one of the top tight ends drafted had he not decided to come back for his senior season. He had 63 catches, 803 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 for the Irish.
With Martellus Bennett having only signed a one-year deal, Bear Pascoe being a free agent next season and Jake Ballard being claimed by the New England Patriots, the Giants could be in need of a tight end come next April.
At 6'6'', 250 pounds Eifert has a great NFL tight end body and the athleticism that most teams covet in their tight ends. Eifert was the second-leading receiver to Michael Floyd in 2011, so 2012 could be a huge year for him.
Two CBS analysts already have Eifert mocked to the Giants, so the writing could be on the wall already.