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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players the New York Giants Should Be Eyeing

Michael MagoulisCorrespondent IJune 2, 2011

2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players the New York Giants Should Be Eyeing

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin answers questions during a media session at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    The New York Giants ended their 2010 campaign going 10-6 and missing the playoffs for a second straight year. Since winning Super Bowl XLII in 2007, the Giants haven't won a game in the postseason.

    Although New York was in the top 10 in passing and rushing yards, both on offense and defense, they were only 3-3 in the NFC East.

    However, with a very impressive 2011 Draft, the Giants hope to return to the playoffs this season. They were able to snatch up Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara who slipped to No. 19 and North Carolina DT Marvin Austin at No. 52.

    Still, General Manager Jerry Reese's willingness to draft for value as opposed to need still leaves some glaring holes that the Giants may look to fill in the 2012 Draft if they're not taken care of during the season.

    Currently, there are questions at running back, outside and middle linebacker, tight end and positions throughout their offensive line.

Keenan Robinson

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 04:  Linebacker Keenan Robinson #1 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after running back a fumble for a touchdown against the Rice Owls at Reliant Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    This linebacker out of Texas is, according to ESPN's Todd McShay, "the most underrated defensive prospect in the nation."

    Robinson has steadily improved every year and in his last season had 106 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.

Michael Egnew

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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 30: Tight end Michael Egnew #82 of the Missouri Tigers attempts to haul in a pass against the Nebraska Cornhuskers defense during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska
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    The 6'6", 235 pound TE out of Missouri would add some additional offensive firepower for Eli Manning. It would also give much-needed depth at the position that is currently held by Kevin Boss.

    Egnew had a breakout season in 2010 with 90 receptions for 762 yards, including 5 TDs.

Nate Potter

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Nate Potter #73, Joe Kellogg #61 and Tommy Gallarda #85 of the Boise State Broncos and other teammates shake hands with their fans after their 17-10 victory against the TCU Horned Frogs during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Un
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    In order to address their aging offensive line, Nate Potter, an OT out of Boise State, would be a much-needed prospect.

    At 6'6" and 300 pounds, Potter was also selected to the 2010 AP All-American Third Team in his junior year. 

Manti Te'o

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 11: Manti Te'o #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish awaits the start of play against the Michigan Wolverines at Notre Dame Stadium on September 11, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan defeated Notre Dame 28-24. (Photo by Jonath
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    From the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Manti Te'o is another LB that the Giants will be watching over the course of the 2011 season.

    As just a sophomore, he managed 129 tackles and a sack in 2010 and "has the quickness and power you look for in a starting inside linebacker in the NFL," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.  

Knile Davis

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Knile Davis #7 of the Arkansas Razorbacks runs the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Im
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    There are some concerns at RB for 2012, particularly regarding Ahmad Bradshaw, who may be a free agent. Brandan Jacobs has also been somewhat disappointing since 2008, his only season where he managed to break 1,000 yards rushing.

    Davis, the 6', 220 pound sophomore of the Arkansas Razorbacks rushed for 1322 yards last season in just 204 attempts, an average 6.5 yards per carry with 13 TDs.

    He could potentially bring much-needed consistency to the position and take advantage of a hopefully newly reinforced offensive line.

    According to Matt Miller, "his physical blend of running is a great mix to his quickness and shifty open-field moves."

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