New York Giants Guide to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistFebruary 11, 2013

BRADENTON, FL - JANUARY 23:  Linebacker Manti Te'o of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish works out at IMG Academy on January 23, 2013 in Bradenton, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants will likely look to address the defense throughout the 2013 NFL Draft, which is why it probably isn't going to surprise anyone that each of the seven players featured in this 2013 NFL Scouting Combine preview reside on the defensive side of the ball. 

Sure, the G-men also need some upgrades along the offensive line, but the priority has to be defense first. Plus, I have lots of trouble putting a ton of stock into what guards do at events like these. 


Four Must-Watch Prospects

Manti Te'o (LB, Notre Dame)

Would the Giants still use their No. 19 overall pick on Te'o, whose draft stock has slid ever since a shoddy performance in the national championship game and a minor controversy regarding a fake girlfriend? How he carries himself in interviews will be as crucial as how her performs in Indianapolis.

Potential pick: First or second round


Alec Ogletree (LB, Georgia)

He's been praised for his athleticism, and he'll have to back that up in Indy. It'll also be interesting to hear where exactly evaluators feel he'll fit in with a 4-3 defense at the pro level. He'd likely be chosen to take over for Chase Blackburn in New York, but might be an option to replace Michael Boley, too.

Potential pick: First round


Sheldon Richardson (DT, Missouri)

Here's a dude who can rush the passer from the inside and the outside, which is something Perry Fewell usually likes to have. Plus, it appears he'll be ready to contribute right away. The Giants will be looking for him to show off his explosiveness in Indy.

Potential pick: First round


Robert Alford (CB, Southeastern Louisiana)

There are plenty of cornerbacks that the Giants will be looking at in the early rounds, but Robert Alford is intriguing because he comes out of the Southland Conference. He'll become his school's first draft pick since it resumed its football program in 2003. Can he keep building momentum after a superb Senior Bowl performance?

Potential pick: Third or fourth round


Flying Under the Radar

Corey Lemonier (DE, Auburn)

I've seen the underclassman all over mock drafts, and it's very likely the Giants could land him in Round 2. Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller likens him to Cliff Avril. I think he'd be an interesting fit for a Giants team that could use his speed up front.

Potential pick: Second round


Other Sleeper Candidates Who Should Be on New York's Radar

J.C. Tretter (G, Cornell)
David Bass (DE, Missouri Western State)
Joe Kruger (DE, Utah) 



Ezekiel Ansah (DE, BYU)

Just like Jason Pierre-Paul, Ansah is a freakish athlete with limited top-tier experience. He's raw, but he could be a perfect replacement for Osi Umenyiora and/or Justin Tuck. He's a first-round candidate, but there's also talk that he was a one-year wonder and could be a bust. 

Potential pick: First round


Other First-Round Candidates Who Should Be on New York's Radar

Kenny Vaccaro (S, Texas)
Arthur Brown (LB, Kansas State)
Jonathan Cooper (G, North Carolina)
Sam Montgomery (DE, LSU)
Johnthan Banks (CB, Mississippi State)
Desmond Trufant (CB, Washington)
Eric Reid (S, LSU) 
Xavier Rhodes (CB, Florida State) 

You'll Have to Wait to See...

Travis Howard (CB, Ohio State)

The tall, strong corner flashed signs of being a play-maker during his time with the Buckeyes, and the Giants could really use a versatile defensive back who could be a dark horse to step in for Corey Webster or Antrel Rolle down the road. But he wasn't invited to the combine, so New York will have to see him at OSU's Pro Day.

Potential pick: Seventh round