New York Giants 2013 Scouting Combine Stock Report

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistFebruary 26, 2013

Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Washington Huskies  defensive back Desmond Trufant runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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I apologize if this combine wrap-up for the New York Giants looks quite similar to the one I did for the Dallas Cowboys, but those two teams share a lot of needs (4-3 pass rushers, safeties, offensive linemen) and just so happen to be picking next to each other in the first round of the draft. 

Here's an updated look at some notable prospects expected to be on the Giants' radar with the combine out of the way. 


Stock Rose

Robert Alford (CB, Southeastern Louisiana): There has been lots of chatter about him already, and he's gaining momentum. 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. Now, after finishing top five in the 40-yard dash, the broad jump, the vertical jump and the bench press, he's got to be on the Giants' radar early.

Desmond Trufant (CB, Washington): The Senior Bowl standout ran a blazing 4.38 forty, giving him a chance to move up into the top 20. Dee Milliner will be long gone here, so if the Giants look to replace Corey Webster in the draft, this could be the guy. 

Trevardo Williams (DE/OLB, Connecticut): He might not be big enough to be a 4-3 end in New York, but Williams was so good at the combine that he might even be an option at outside linebacker. Has a bit of Mathias Kiwanuka in him. Williams led all defensive linemen with a 4.56 forty and also killed it in the vertical jump, the broad jump and on the bench. 

Eric Reid (S, LSU): He was the fourth-fastest safety with a 4.53 forty and was tied for first with a 40.5-inch vertical jump. Matt Elam also performed well, but Reid's stock rose more. Plenty of safety options in the first two rounds for the Giants and Cowboys. 


Stock Dropped

Manti Te'o (LB, Notre Dame): In Te'o's defense, he received positive reviews for the way in which he interviewed and approached his media appearances. The problem is that a prospect who was already being criticized for his on-field ability ran a 4.81 forty while lacking smoothness in drills. 

Johnthan Banks (CB, Mississippi State): Only a 4.61 in the forty while Milliner and Trufant were impressive. He's probably a second-round pick right now, but a lot can change between now and late April. 

Damontre Moore (DE/OLB, Texas A&M): He was terrible, finishing dead last at his position in the bench press and running a weak 4.95 forty. He didn't run a second time because he said his hamstring tightened up. Throw in that Barkevious Mingo was so good that he's likely to be a top 10 pick and this is bad news for the Giants. 


Stock Didn't Change

Tyrann Mathieu (CB, LSU): Lots of critics were happy with Mathieu's performance. His 4.50 forty was solid and his attitude rubbed people the right way. Still, he lifted the bar just four times. 

Sam Montgomery (DE, LSU): His mouth might have hurt his stock by raising more red flags. However, Montgomery's 34.5-inch vertical jump helped and his 4.81 forty was solid considering his size.

D.J. Fluker (OT, Alabama): He ran a relatively slow 40 and struggled on the bench, but Fluker saved face with his personality, as well as the fact that his wingspan proved to be enormous. 

Kenny Vaccaro (S, Texas): A bit of a slow forty (4.63) and mediocre jumps, but he looked smooth in on-field drills. He's probably still the top safety in the draft, but it's up for grabs.