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The Pick: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper has the G-Men selecting LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft (ESPN Insider access required).
It was just a year ago at this time when we considered the pass rush a major strength of the Giants, with an emerging Pierre-Paul and veterans Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. But while JPP is now among the best 4-3 defensive ends in the league, the latter two will both be north of 30 by the time the draft arrives -- Umenyiora may not be around next season, and it could be the final year for Tuck in New York. If the Giants want to keep the defensive line a strength, a proven, high-motor defender with pass-rushing skills such as Montgomery would make a lot of sense.
Montgomery is a solid defensive end, but I think there are better DEs in the draft for New York to target.
While I do agree that New York should target a DE in the upcoming draft, I'd rather see the Giants go after Ezekiel Ansah, who was the MVP of the 2013 Senior Bowl.
New York could definitely do worse with its first-round selection, but I think there are better options with the 19th pick.