Zach Eifert was a name connected to the Giants’ plans with the 19th pick in the NFL Draft. But after the team signed tight end Brandon Myers away from the Oakland Raiders earlier this month, prognosticators are thinking the Giants go defense with their first pick.
Rotoworld’s Josh Norris projects New York to scoop up UCLA defensive Datone Jones. Despite Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck expected to be the team’s defensive bookends in 2013, the team does have a history of drafting defensive line depth.
Norris writes …
“A perfect fit. Jones accomplishes exactly what the Giants look to do along their defensive line. He shows power and aggression from a wide alignment and wins with quickness on the interior.”
In NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah’s latest mock draft, the former scout sees the G-Men go defense, but to bolster its linebacking corps with former Georgia Bulldog Alec Ogletree.
The Giants released Michael Boley at the start of the off-season and replaced him with Dan Connor. The team desperately needs to add youth and athleticism to its linebackers, and Jeremiah writes that’s exactly what Ogletree can provide.
“Ogletree is one of the best cover linebackers I’ve ever graded. He needs to get better at taking on blocks in the run game, but his ability to cover tight ends would give a huge advantage to any defensive coordinator. He’d fit perfectly in the Giants’ scheme.”
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