New York Giants 7-round mock draft: Adding two top defenders post NFL Combine

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San Jose State Spartans tight end Derrick Deese Jr. (Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports) /

Round 5, pick No. 171: Derrick Deese, Jr., TE, San Jose State

The New York Giants have already released tight end Kyle Rudolph, and there’s a very real possibility Evan Engram is playing elsewhere next season, which obviously creates a significant void at tight end.

Multiple sources around the NFL believe that the tight end draft class is deep enough that a starter could be found as late as Round 5.

Deese, 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, has the frame to be a big-bodied red zone target in addition to being a reliable in-lone blocker in the running game.

Last season, Dease caught 47 passes for 730 yards and four touchdowns, while averaging 15.5 yards per reception.

Brian Daboll was able to turn Dawson Knox into a steady and consistent contributor in the Bills’ passing game, and just might be able to replicate that success with Deese.