New York Giants: 5 Reach Picks Big Blue Must Avoid in 2013 NFL Draft
Jerry Reese loves to build his teams through the draft.
The New York Giants general manager has had a lot of great players that he has picked over the last couple of years that have gone on to have success.
Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul, Steve Smith, Kevin Boss, Ahmad Bradshaw and Linval Joseph are all just some of the names that Reese has drafted since taking over in 2007 and have helped win a Super Bowl with Big Blue.
Some draft picks, however, don't always work out like you hope.
Some have major expectations and never live up to what they are supposed to be.
On draft day, they are called reaches.
Reaching for a player and taking him in a higher round than they really should have.
Here are five players that the Giants should absolutely avoid reaching for in April's NFL Draft.
Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
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The Giants desperately need to draft cornerbacks in the draft.
Guys like Desmond Trufant from Washington or Xavier Rhodes from Florida State would be ideal for the Giants, especially in the first round.
Tyrann Mathieu of LSU, not so much. Not in the first round, second round or any round.
Coming out of college, Mathieu has a lot of hype surrounding him as a potential shutdown corner in the NFL.
I honestly don't think the Giants need to draft this guy.
I see way too much hype coming from him and personally, I think he's going to be a bit overrated when he's a pro.
He might be a decent kick and punt returner, but as far as hoping Mathieu is an elite corner, the Giants won't get it and should pass on him.
Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
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With Osi Umenyiora likely on his way to the Atlanta Falcons, the Giants could certainly look to inject some new blood in their defensive line.
One name that's been thrown around with the Giants is Bjoern Werner from Florida State.
Margus Hunt has been a name thrown around as a possible second- or third-round pick for teams.
He's 6'8" of raw, physical talent and has the look of an NFL pass rusher.
But he would be more of a project as opposed to being an NFL-ready defensive end.
Even as a project for some team, there's really no guarantee that Hunt's skills will translate well in the league.
And even if he is available in the second or third round, I think Jerry Reese will pass on Hunt and look elsewhere if they are looking for a defensive end.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
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I've heard a lot of different opinions regarding the ongoing negotiations with Victor Cruz.
While a lot of Giants fans hope Cruz re-signs long term, some want him to sign elsewhere.
Some hope a team would sign him to an offer sheet, so the Giants can get a second first-round pick and use it on a young receiver like Tavon Austin.
Austin has the potential to be a home-run threat wide receiver, but I don't want him for the Giants in the first round.
Jerry Reese has a tendency to go with the best available player instead of a team need.
And I can see it happening, but not at the wide receiver position.
The Giants best thing would be to solve the Cruz situation by signing him long-term instead of trying to draft someone like Austin and hoping he develops chemistry with Eli Manning.
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
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When Martellus Bennett left as a free agent to sign with the Chicago Bears, tight end became a need.
One name that has been tossed around is Tyler Eifert from Notre Dame in the first or second round.
The other is Zach Ertz from Stanford.
In a few mock drafts, Ertz has been projected to be a second-round pick and some think he could land with the Giants.
But with the Brandon Myers signing, I don't think the Giants need a tight end in the draft.
Eifert would have made sense, but they really don't need him.
Ertz, on the other hand, wouldn't have made sense for Big Blue in the second round.
Going with Myers, Adrien Robinson and Bear Pascoe at the tight end position will be more than enough to produce results for the Giants in 2013 and beyond.
Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
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One of the biggest needs the Giants have is linebackers, especially middle linebacker.
But under no circumstance should Jerry Reese even think of taking Notre Dame's Manti Te'o.
Te'o had a ton of hype in the 2012 season, but he got exposed in the BCS Title game against Alabama, who made Notre Dame look like a pee-wee football team
Te'o didn't have much success in that game, and he sure didn't impress at the NFL Scouting Combine back in February.
As a first-round pick, Te'o wouldn't just be a reach, it would be an ultimate mistake.
Even as a second-round pick, Te'o doesn't fit what the Giants need.
Arthur Brown from Kansas State would be the middle linebacker I would look to target in the first or second round.
Whether Te'o works out in the NFL or not remains to be seen, but I can not stress this enough, the Giants should not even think of drafting Te'o next month.