Who are some sleepers the NY Giants should target late in the draft?

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New York Giants potential draft pick Nick Harris
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5th round target: Nick Harris – Washington, C

Why would he be a good value for the NY Giants in the 5th round? Nick Harris might fall to the fifth round because of his smaller stature, but his play on the field is worthy of a much higher pick. The G-Men still have a major need at center, and Harris has the football smarts and quickness to start for an NFL team right away. His overall athleticism, technique, and use of leverage is top-tier in the draft class.

Is Nick Harris a true football guy?  “I watch film in my spare time just for fun,” admitted Harris at the combine. The NY Giants could use a football junkie as the leader of their offensive line.

What does he excel at? Harris is excellent at getting to the second level and sealing off linebackers in the run game. His short-area quickness also helps him in pass protection. He uses his smaller size to his advantage by staying low and getting leverage against defenders.

At Washington, Harris identified the middle linebackers, snapped the ball, and then quickly got to his assignment. He is known as an excellent communicator along the offensive line. Joe Judge would never have to worry about the Washington Husky missing an assignment.

Why the NY Giants might hesitate: Dave Gettleman is attempting to build his offensive line with ‘hog mollies,’ or lineman that can win with power like Will Hernandez. Power is not a strength of the Husky, and he might struggle getting a push in the run game versus elite NFC east defensive linemen.

Personal excitement level if drafted: (6.5/10) I think center is a major area of concern for Big Blue, and Harris is someone I think could overachieve in the NFL. Shaun O’Hara, the Giants starting center in Super Bowl 42,  was able to find success using brains over brawn, and I think Nick Harris could have a similar type of career.

Player Comparison: Shaun O’Hara

Likelihood he will fall to pick #150: (3/10)