- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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There will be plenty of mock drafts and opinions about who the Giants will take at 19 in the upcoming months.
But Mel Kiper has put up his first mock draft of the year, giving his take on which direction the Giants should go. Here's Kiper's first pick for the Giants:
PLAYER: DE Sam Montgomery
Kiper's analysis: It was just a year ago at this time when we considered the pass rush a major strength of the Giants, with an emerging Jason Pierre-Paul and veterans Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. But while JPP is now among the best 4-3 defensive ends in the league, the latter two will both be north of 30 by the time the draft arrives -- Umenyiora may not be around next season, and it could be the final year for Tuck in New York. If the Giants want to keep the defensive line a strength, a proven, high-motor defender with pass-rushing skills such as Montgomery would make a lot of sense.
My take: The Giants obviously can use a young offensive line stud for now and the future. LT Will Beatty and LG Kevin Boothe are two of the Giants' unrestricted free agents and there's uncertainty at right tackle with David Diehl entering the final year of his contract. The Giants can use help at corner and linebacker, but I agree with Mel that the Giants can definitely use another defensive lineman, and they tend to take their pass-rushers high. Osi is ready to become a free agent and will look for a starting job elsewhere. And while the Giants have Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka, they still can use another defensive lineman to energize that front line. And at 19, there should be a legit pass-rusher/DL for the Giants to take. Remember, they had trouble all season stopping the run and getting pressure on quarterbacks and you can never have enough pass-rushers.
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