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5 Potential Draft Picks That Could Be Opening Game Starters for the NY Giants
Bill Kostroun
Giants CEO John Mara admitted to reporters that the team’s recent draft classes haven’t quite worked out as hoped.

Now that we’re inside of one month to go before the 2014 NFL draft, teams have no doubt begun the careful process of assembling their final draft boards for the three-day player-selection extravaganza that will run May 8-10.

While there’s pressure every year to make sure that the draft class produces building blocks for the short- and long-term future of the club, this year’s New York Giants rookie class will especially be under the microscope after team CEO John Mara, in his 2013 season-ending comments to reporters, acknowledged that the team “missed on some guys,” especially in the middle rounds of the draft. 

Although the draft process is a crapshoot in which oftentimes a highly projected candidate will turn out to be a bust while a lower-round pick or undrafted free agent will turn out to be a steal, if a team thoroughly does its homework, it should be able to find a high number of prospects who can contribute right out of the chute.

Here’s a look, then, at five potential prospects who, based on my analysis of the Giants’ positional needs, could be instant contributors on Day 1. These prospects are presented in no particular order.

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