W2W4: Day 2 of the draft

April, 26, 2013
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The Giants have added an offensive lineman they feel can play tackle, guard or center.

Now what? You've got to figure the Giants will begin looking to improve a defensive unit that finished 31st overall last season.

"I don't know if you will find a starter this year," GM Jerry Reese said of starters found in the mid-rounds on WFAN on Friday morning. "But I do know that in the second and middle rounds, you find a lot of good football players. There's definitely some starters on that board. We just have to find the right one to fit the New York Giants. We always look for value plus need and try to get a combination of both."

Here are areas the Giants should look at in Rounds 2 and 3:

Safety: By standing pat at 19, the Giants watched Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro and LSU safety Eric Reid go off the board before they picked. Both were targets for the Giants, who saw the 49ers trade up to take Reid one spot earlier.

So, now that the Giants took Justin Pugh in the first round, they can still look for a safety in the second round. This is considered a deep safety class.

FIU's John Cyprien is a name to keep an eye on, if he's available at No. 49. Cyprien could go earlier, though. South Carolina's D.J. Swearinger is another safety that could go in the second round. Other safeties that could go in the second and third rounds are Syracuse's Shamarko Thomas, Fresno State's Phillip Thomas, Georgia Southern's J.J. Wilcox and Georgia's Bacarri Rambo.

Defensive end: The Giants have a need at pass rusher, to potentially add someone to the rotation for this season but also to step up in case Justin Tuck, who is entering the final year of his contract, isn't back.

Florida State's Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, SMU's Margus Hunt, Texas A&M's Damontre Moore, LSU's Sam Montgomery, Texas' Alex Okafor, Florida State's Brandon Jenkins, Western Kentucky's Quanterus Smith and Michigan State's William Gholston are among the top remaining defensive ends that could go in the next two rounds.

Defensive tackle: The Giants passed on Florida's Sharrif Floyd, who was available at No. 19. But they still can find a good defensive tackle on Friday. While they have a ton of bodies there for this season, Linval Joseph is entering the final year of his contract and Mike Patterson and Shaun Rogers are on one-year deals.

Alabama's Jesse Williams, Georgia's Johnathan Jenkins, Purdue's Kawann Short, Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins, LSU's Bennie Logan and Missouri Southern State's Brandon Williams.

Linebacker: The big name is Manti Te'o, who remains on the board. Could he enter the discussion if he is available at No. 49 when the Giants pick?

"We keep all our options open," Reese said on WFAN. "The linebacker, he is a good player up there. I expect him to come off the board pretty quickly today."

Te'o certainly could be good value considering his production in college -- something the Giants always value in a prospect. But there are other good linebackers as well, such as Kansas State's Arthur Brown, LSU's Kevin Minter, UConn's Sio Moore, Rutgers' Khaseem Greene, North Carolina's Kevin Reddick, Florida's Jonathan Bostic and Oregon's Kiko Alonso.

Cornerback: This might be one of the Giants' biggest needs, with Corey Webster, Aaron Ross and Terrell Thomas all on one-year deals.

Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks, Boise State's Jamar Taylor, Southeastern Louisiana's Robert Alford, UConn's Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Mississippi State's Darius Slay, William & Mary's B.W. Webb and LSU's Tyrann Mathieu are available and all could go in the next two rounds.

Perhaps the Giants can find a corner with return skills as well, which would be a bonus.

Other positions the Giants could look at and find value on Friday are tight end, running back, offensive line and wide receiver/returner.

Tell us who you want the Giants to take Friday and what positions they should focus on.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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