Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro (22) cannot catch a pass while defended by Baylor Bears safety Terrell Burt (13) and defensive back Sam Holl (25) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
New York Giants round 2 targets:
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech – My ideal target for the Giants in round two. Would give the Giants another dynamic offensive weapon who would be fantastic in McAdoo’s new high tempo & agressive offense. Has a chance to still be available for the Giants, but they might not want to double down on offensive skill positions in rounds 1 & 2.
Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame – More of a “complete” tight-end than Amaro, but less dynamic as a receiver. A favorite of old school Giants fans, but I prefer Amaro.
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, University of Washington – A size/speed freak and has measurables of the new prototypical NFL tight end, but might be a little too raw for the Giants.
Marcus Martin, C, University of Southern California – Ranked by many draft experts as the number one center in this draft. Might need some grooming, but could be a future starter at center or guard for many years. Giants desperately could use a center unless you believe in J.D Walton who has not played since 2012.
Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State – I actually think Richburg could be more of an instant starter at center or guard for the Giants than Martin, but has less future upside.
Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada – Has the versatility to play all over the line, a trait the Giants organization values in a linemen. Would make a ton of sense for the Giants if he slips to them, but could go very early tonight.
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, University of Alabama – Medicals has made this one time top 10 prospect plummet in the NFL draft. Certainly has ideal size for a NFL tackle, but his lack of athleticism (2nd slowest 40-yard dash in the combine) wouldn’t help in what should be a fast paced Giants’ offense.
Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA – Top guard left on the board for me at this point and could help strengthen the depth at that position for the Giants. I expect him to be taken before the Giants pick, but if he falls could be an interesting option for the GMEN.
Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota – A raw defensive tackle prospect who has huge upside, but also big time bust potential. Is the type of boom/bust defensive lineman the Giants typically like to gamble on at this point in the draft.
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State University – Another boom/bust tackle prospect that could be very intriguing to the Giants. Might have a hard time figuring out if he is a better fit at the 1-tech or 3-tech in the Giants base 4-3 defense.
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri – Could be a natural replacement for Justin Tuck who left in free agency. I would be pretty ecstatic if he fell to the Giants, but I don’t see it happening.
Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State – Lawrence could benefit from a NFL weight room, but in time could be another guy who can replace Tuck at defensive end. Like Ealy, though, I would be surprised if he slipped to the GMEN.
Stephon Tuitt, DT/DE, University of Notre Dame – Projects more as a 5-tech in a 3-4, but could still be an intriguing prospect for the Giants who clearly need depth on their defensive line. Could be a steal in the second round.