- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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Mel Kiper's latest mock draft still has the Giants filling two needs with their first two picks.
Todd McShay recently made his first two picks for the Giants. Now, it's Kiper's turn and he spoke about what the Giants may do in his mock draft and on a conference call this week:
19. Desmond Trufant
KIPER: The Giants certainly can't assume Terrell Thomas is going to be an effective starter in 2013, and even if they could, depth at cornerback would still be a priority. In Trufant, you get a player who will make your secondary better regardless of where the needs are, because Trufant can do it all -- slot or outside, man or zone, you're going to get an effective talent. Needs at linebacker can be addressed further down the board. Trufant makes sense here, and the value fits the slot.
49. Sio Moore
KIPER: If you got Trufant or (Manti) Te'o in the first, then you could go either Sio Moore, who could be a middle linebacker in their scheme, or an outside backer, but he's got great versatility... or you could take a corner, whether it be Robert Alford from Southeastern Louisiana, whether it be a Jamar Taylor from Boise State. And then they could look in the third round for a defensive end like Alex Okafor from Texas would be a guy at that point, (or) Sam Montgomery, LSU.
You could look at that point, guys that could get after the quarterback. A guy that is very underrated is Lavar Edwards from LSU. He should not take a backseat to anybody that's going in that third, fourth-round discussion. Lavar Edwards is a very underrated player out of LSU, played in the shadow of (Barkevious) Mingo and Montgomery. Those would be some defensive ends for the third round. So if you've got the middle linebacker or linebacker overall or corner in the first two rounds, then you could look at a defensive end in the third.
OUR ANALYSIS: The Giants definitely have a need at corner not just for this season for depth but for the future with Corey Webster's and Aaron Ross' futures up in the air after this season. Thomas is attempting a third comeback from an ACL injury so any contribution he makes this season should be viewed as a bonus. Outside of Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley, the Giants don't have any other young corners for the future. Webster and Amukamara are the considered the starters for this season. Trufant would really allow them to prepare for 2014 if Webster and Ross are not brought back.
With all that said, the Giants' greatest needs entering this draft are at pass rusher, offensive line, secondary and linebacker. I really believe the Giants need to come away with a young pass rusher with one of their high picks for the future. Osi Umenyiora is gone and Justin Tuck is entering the final year of his deal. The Giants need another defensive end to groom and Kiper points out a few interesting candidates they could look at in the second or third round if they do not go pass rusher at 19.
Kiper is also correct in that the Giants can add a linebacker later if they pass on one at 19. Considering how the Giants don't use first-round picks on linebackers, Jerry Reese certainly could look for a linebacker later in the draft. It remains to be seen whether Trufant will be the best player available on his board at 19. Value-wise, I wonder if the Giants are better off taking a defensive end at 19. Of course, we have to see who will be there at 19.
So, let's hear what you think of Trufant and Giants going linebacker and perhaps defensive end in the second and third rounds.