New York Giants (7-9) Pick: Round 1, #12 overall
Needs: OG, TE, WR, DT, DE
Draft Prediction: TE Eric Ebron – North Carolina
After losing both wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and tight end Brandon Myers to the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers respectively, the New York Giants must find some suitable replacements for quarterback Eli Manning. Tight end has been a revolving door the last few years for the Giants, and finding an incredible weapon such as the 6’4″, 250 lb Eric Ebron would fit both need and value. Ebron had an incredible career at North Carolina and finished last year as a second-team All-American racking up 62 passes for 973 yards and 4 touchdowns. He has been compared to this new hybrid type of “F” tight end that can flex out wide and has the speed (4.60 40-yd dash) and athleticism to make an immediate impact for whichever team drafts him. The Giants haven’t had a pro bowl caliber tight end since Jeremy Shockey in 2006. The Giants have a need for playmakers other than wide receiver Victor Cruz and drafting Eric Ebron would certainly fit the bill.
Another option for the Giants may include OT Taylor Lewan from Michigan. The team may decide to move on from left tackle Will Beatty after a down year in 2013 as his first time starting and Lewan has the fiery edge you like in a left tackle going against the premier edge rushers in the NFL. Defensive line help is another possibility with the departures of Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph. The edge rusher value at pick 12 doesn’t necessarily warrant the selection of a defensive end, but Pittsburgh’s DT Aaron Donald would be a great fit. Winner of numerous accolades after his outstanding 2013 season where he garnered 28.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, Donald will be an immediate force in the trenches. The Giants haven’t drafted as low as #12 since 2004, so capitalizing on this opportunity is a must.