Giants Redeem Themselves with 2 Front-Seven Defenders on Day 2 of the NFL Draft

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistApril 26, 2013

Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins participates in a defensive drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Giants reached for a player they didn't desperately need with the No. 19 overall pick in Round 1 of the 2013 NFL draft, but Big Blue made up for that potential mistake with two extremely solid picks in Rounds 2 and 3 Friday night at Radio City Music Hall. 

A defense that lacked bite up front last year added two linemen who could be ready to contribute from the get-go. 

Second-round selection Johnathan Hankins is a mountain of a human being. When ready, the 320-pound run-stopper could be good enough to allow fellow defensive tackle Linval Joseph to focus more on getting a push to assist the ends. He could also give defensive coordinator Perry Fewell the ability to rotate his ends more aggressively, possibly even packaging three pass-rushers with Hankins up front. 

This run defense was gashed on several occasions in 2012, surrendering 4.6 yards per carry for the season. That had a lot of people wishing for linebackers in this draft, but bringing in a guy like Hankins strengthens the rush and the run defense. 

Yes, they signed Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson and re-signed Shaun Rogers earlier this offseason, but those are aging stopgaps. Hankins has huge upside. He has to work on his conditioning, but when he's not exhausted, he's a monster. The good news is he won't hit that point often in New York, because he won't likely be a three-down player right away.

More good news came in Round 3, when the G-Men added Damontre Moore, who brings great value in the No. 81 spot. The Texas A&M product comes with character concerns, but the Giants locker room, run by no-nonsense head coach Tom Coughlin, might be the perfect spot for a guy with a spotty past.

Moore's stock dropped at the combine and in the lead-up to the draft, but his tape is superb and he was extremely productive with the Aggies. 

The Giants wouldn't have two of the last six Lombardi Trophies without getting fantastic play from their front four. That unit has taken some hits of late, but on Day 2 of the draft, they added two great athletes with high ceilings, both of whom could make an impact in Week 1. 

What more could the fans ask for?