New York Giants: Potential 1st Round Picks for the Big Blue

Travis RandCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2013

Xavier Rhodes was a heavy hitter for the FSU Seminoles, and could find himself fielding telephone calls from the New York Giants.
Xavier Rhodes was a heavy hitter for the FSU Seminoles, and could find himself fielding telephone calls from the New York Giants.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

With free agency well underway, the New York Giants draft needs are changing with each player they sign, or lose, during the most hectic week in the NFL offseason. 

Since General Manager Jerry Reese is probably busy fielding offers, rejecting deals, and trying to find the next best bargain, I've taken it upon myself to gather a list of potential first round targets for the Giants to consider at No. 19 overall.

While it would be a welcome surprise for someone like Ezekiel Ansah or Barkevious Mingo to fall into the Giants lap, it just isn't going to happen. Instead, I believe Big Blue will do what they've done for years, and take the best player available. 

Reese isn't someone who drafts purely on need, no matter how great it might be. So while a few experts believe the Giants will take a tight end or top linebacker, they are simply positions that the club doesn't value like some other top teams.

That being said, I think these five players have the best chance of suiting up in Giant blue in six months.

Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State University

Even though Big Blue has taken steps to shore up the secondary, it could still use some firepower. Experts have Rhodes going all over the place, sometimes as high as No. 13 to the Buccaneers, and as low as No. 28 to the Denver Broncos.

Rhodes has an excellent blend of size and speed, which allows him to jam receivers at the line, but also keep in stride if they get to the edge. His man coverage among the best in college football last year, and he could slide into the Giants starting lineup by mid-season, especially if Corey Webster's coverage woes continue.

Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State University

If Big Blue misses out on Rhodes Werner could be a great pick here, assuming he takes a nose-dive during the first ten picks. I mean, we can dream, right?

With Osi Umenyiora departing for free agency and Justin Tuck not getting any younger, it would be wise for the G-Men to add a strong lineman to set up shop opposite Jason Pierre-Paul.

Werner played both LE and RE for FSU, so the versatility that Tom Coughlin and Co. like is there. He certainly fits best at the end position as he's not quick enough to cover tight ends. If Werner can add a couple more finesse moves into his arsenal, he could be deadly.

Alec Ogletree, Inside Linebacker, University of Georgia

I know, I know. I hear you Giants fans.

He's got character problems.

The Giants haven't taken a linebacker in the first round since 1986.

However, there are more than a few scenarios where I could see Reese pulling the trigger on Ogletree. If the aforementioned Rhodes and Werner are off the board and Ansah has already shaken hands with Roger Goodell, then the G-Men could be popping up on Mr. Ogletree's cell phone when the clock starts ticking on their selection.

Ogletree was once viewed as a top five prospect, but has seen his stock drop in the last few weeks after news of a DUI came out, and of course, nobody forgot about his four-game drug suspension last season.

While it's not very likely, Ogletree is a selection that can't be ruled out.

Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, University of Missouri

Richardson is a player I immediately fell in love with while I was watching highlights of the Tigers season. He has an extremely high motor, and was all over the field when plays got away from him. He seemed to adapt very well to SEC play, and was almost impossible to miss on every single snap.

He brings what appears to be tremendous dedication, and above all else, a desire to make an impact. Even though the Giants snagged Cullen Jenkins to a very favorable three year deal, there is still a need to get younger up front. Richardson is exactly the player that Giants management will fall in love with.

Kenny Vaccarro, Safety, University of Texas

The Buccaneers were able to sign Dashon Goldson to a hefty contract, and they were one of the more obvious landing destinations for the talented safety.

Vaccarro scores well across the board in all of the ESPN scouting categories, and especially high in the coverage department. If Kenny Phillips becomes a cap casualty, something that is looking more and more likely, than Vaccarro would be an excellent player to slide into a Giants secondary in the middle of a rebuilding process.

Who would YOU like to see the Giants draft? Let me know in the comment section below, and be sure to follow me on Twitter @TMoney108