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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Draft positional preview: Tight end

By Ohm Youngmisuk

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Dion Sims says he's the best tight end in the draft. Will the Giants take a flyer on him?
This is the fourth installment in a position-by-position analysis of the Giants as they prepare for the draft:

Position: Tight end.

Depth chart: Brandon Myers, Bear Pascoe, Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Jamie Childers.

The departed: Martellus Bennett (Chicago), Travis Beckum (free agent).

Scouting report: The Giants wanted to re-sign Bennett but he signed with the Bears in free agency. The Giants now have to replace Bennett’s 55 receptions for 626 yards and five touchdowns and it’s possible Myers could surpass those numbers if the Giants utilize their newly-acquired pass-catching tight end more in the passing game. Myers had 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns last year with the Raiders.

Myers, though, will have to be able to block to stay on the field for multiple plays and Eli Manning will certainly be looking often to one of the best receiving tandems in the league in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Still, if Myers can provide a consistent receiving threat, Manning can use Myers and wide receiver Rueben Randle as a third receiving option.

Pascoe returns as the blocking tight end/H-back the Giants like to use in multiple packages. Robinson’s potential is intriguing but the developmental project needs to show he is ready for snaps in training camp. The Giants also like Donnell’s potential.

The last time: The Giants drafted Robinson in the fourth round in 2012.

Potential targets: Signing Myers makes it unlikely that the Giants will think about a tight end early in the draft. Besides, the Giants do not seem to value the tight end position enough to use a first or second-round pick. However, the Giants have had a revolving door at the position with Myers set to be the fourth starting tight end in as many years.

Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert and Stanford’s Zach Ertz are the two top rated tight ends in the draft. But those two are expected to go in the first two rounds. The Giants instead could opt to look at tight end later in the draft.

Michigan State’s Dion Sims spoke with the Giants at the scouting combine in February and a source said the Giants were intrigued by the 6-4 Sims, who displays some traits similar to Bennett.

“It went well,” Sims said at the combine about speaking with tight ends coach Mike Pope and the Giants. “I definitely can [fit] into the Giants offense. Their offense is kind of similar to what we ran at Michigan State. They rely on their tight ends to do a lot of blocking and running routes too.”

Sims, who has a basketball background, has soft hands and a big body and can go after a pass.

“I’m the best blocking tight end, I’m the best receiving tight end, I’m the best all-around tight end,” Sims said at the combine. “It’s just all stats, those guys [considered to be the top tight ends in the draft] got a lot of stats and they get the ball [numerous] times a game. I just have to prove that I can be a down-the-field threat.”

Pope reportedly took a closer look at Colorado’s 6-foot-5 Nick Kasa recently and Maryland’s Matt Furstenburg has also been a name that reportedly is on the Giants’ radar.

Need rating (scale of 1 to 10): 5.

Do you think the Giants need to draft a tight end in the draft?