Here's a look at several players who would make sense as Giants draft picks at key positions:
- Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
- A.J. McCarron, Alabama
- Aaron Murray, Georgia
The Giants do need to consider whether there's a possible Eli Manning successor in this class. However, it's not a top-heavy quarterback group, and they have a lot of needs elsewhere. Their best approach right now is to pick a project in the middle rounds. We'll see which of these three second-tier signal-callers drops into, say, Round 4.
- Marqise Lee, USC
- Cody Latimer, Indiana
- Allen Robinson, Penn State
- Donte Moncrief, Mississippi
- Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
- Martavis Bryant, Clemson
- Kevin Norwood, Alabama
- Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
This is such a deep draft for wide receivers, so we're ruling out obvious first-round candidates while sticking with true outside threats who could beat out Rueben Randle.
Lee has star potential but isn't likely to be there in Round 2. Still, there's a possibility of a slide or a trade. The rest of the eight players listed should go off the board before the end of Round 4, and all have the ability to turn into starting-caliber receivers on the outside. We left out guys who we felt had ceilings as playmakers or who might be forced to remain in the slot.
- Eric Ebron, North Carolina
- Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
- Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
- C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
This is sort of a consensus. Ebron is the obvious top gun, and then Amaro, Seferian-Jenkins, Fiedorowicz and Niklas are in that second tier. At least one of those guys should be available when the Giants pick in Round 3. The point is, they aren't screwed if they don't grab Ebron in the No. 12 spot.
Amaro was a stud on paper last year and is a mini Ebron, but Niklas is right there because he might be the more complete, NFL-ready tight end. My only concern with Seferian-Jenkins would be that you could be drafting another Adrien Robinson.
- Morgan Moses, Virginia
- Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee
- Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
- Cameron Fleming, Stanford
I think you prioritize tackles before guards and centers, but the advantage you get from James is he might turn into a superb guard. That's why we'd put him right there with Kouandjio. That would be a tough third-round decision.
Moses is the only guy I'd take in Round 2, unless a projected first-rounder drops. Richardson has left tackle potential and is a strong pass-blocker, so he'd also be a nice third- or fourth-round pick.
- Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
- Cyril Richardson, Baylor
- Trai Turner, LSU
- David Yankey, Stanford
- Charles Leno, Boise State
This starts with the same three players we gave the Cowboys at this position on their draft board. Both are desperate for NFL-ready guards who can pass protect in order to keep their respective quarterbacks healthy and productive.
Jackson, Richardson and Turner meet that criteria. They'll have to be picked by Round 4, but Yankey and Leno might be available a little later. Both could be starters as rookies, and Leno could even have a shot outside at right tackle.
- Travis Swanson, Arkansas
- Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
- Bryan Stork, Florida State
We focused on mid-round picks here who are considered to be strong in pass protection. All three are well-rounded, experienced centers from good programs. If they can get Swanson or Ikard in Round 5, that would be a huge win. Stork would be a nice prize in Round 6.
- Anthony Barr, UCLA
- Dee Ford, Auburn
- Kony Ealy, Missouri
- Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
- Scott Crichton, Oregon State
- Marcus Smith, Louisville
- Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
- Trent Murphy, Stanford
- Will Clarke, West Virginia
Because we think the Giants need an infusion of talent at both end and tackle, and both in the starting lineup and in the "bullpen," we're keeping this broad. Everyone above would have a chance to compete with Damontre Moore. The bottom four could be around as late as Round 4.
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
- Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
- Dominique Easley, Florida
- Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
- DaQuan Jones, Penn State
- Will Sutton, Arizona State
- Ego Ferguson, LSU
- Deandre Coleman, Cal
Donald is the obvious top choice in Round 1. Beyond that, nobody else deserves to be chosen that early. That said, Jernigan, Easley, Tuitt and Jones would be superb second-round picks.
They'll appreciate that Jones can rush the passer quite effectively, too. Ferguson isn't as strong there, while there are some concerns about Sutton's work ethic. They're third-rounders.
Coleman is a mid-round candidate who we really like for his versatility and ability to get pressure on the quarterback.
- Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
- Telvin Smith, Florida State
- Chris Borland, Wisconsin
- Kyle Van Noy, BYU
- Shayne Skov, Stanford
- Jordan Tripp, Montana
- Yawin Smallwood, UConn
- Christian Jones, Florida State
- Preston Brown, Louisville
- Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College
There are so many quality 4-3-style linebackers projected to be picked between Round 2 and Round 5 that we had trouble limiting this list to 10 guys.
Shazier isn't likely to drop to them in Round 2, but he and C.J. Mosley would have to be considered if that happened. Beyond that, I'd use a third- or fourth-rounder on any of the next eight players, all of whom have starting potential inside or outside. Pierre-Louis is a late-round wild card in case.