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Garett Bolles (Michael Conroy AP)

Garett Bolles (Michael Conroy AP)

The NFL Draft is upon us. All the mock drafts are in and, for the most part, have each team taking various different players.  The same goes for the Giants.

A lot of positions that are addressed. Some surprises, some reasonable picks. This year is probably one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory. That bodes well for teams like the Giants, who pick late in each round. However, we are looking at the first round. In this article, I will look at the five likeliest players that will be drafted by the Giants at the No. 23 overall pick.

  1. David Njoku, TE, Miami: The Giants have been longing for a dominant, play-making tight end for the past few years. They now have the opportunity to take one. I don’t believe that O.J. Howard would be available at No. 23, unless they trade up the draft board, like I suggested in my article earlier this week. If Howard is not available, take Njoku. The Cedar Grove, New Jersey native is a tremendous pass catching tight end and can block for the run. Njoku has drawn comparisons to Greg Olsen. That’s a pretty good comparison. Being paired up with Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard, gives Njoku a great chance to shine and gives Eli Manning yet another target to throw to.
  2. Garett Bolles, OT, Utah: Ask any Giants fan about one flaw in the team overall, and nine times out of ten, they’ll say the offensive line. Bring up the offensive line, and Ereck Flowers will immediately be brought up, which will draw a collective groan from Giants fans. Bolles stands out as the most athletic o-lineman from the deep offensive lineman class this year. Standing at six-foot-five at 297 lbs., Bolles shows ridiculous foot speed stands out in particular, something that the Giants need on the offensive line. Add that to the overall nastiness of Bolles’ game, and it would be the perfect fit for the Giants.
  3. Zack Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt: The linebacker position is something the Giants have tried to address in past drafts in the first round, but would just miss out on selecting one. The Giants don’t pass up on the opportunity to take Cunningham while they have the chance. Scouts have stated that Cunningham has given 110% on the field, flying around to get to the ball, as he did not have much help at Vanderbilt. Cunningham provides consistent production and can be the three-down linebacker that the Giants have been looking for.
  4. Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri: Jerry Reese has always lived to the mantra, “we’ll take the best player available.” So why not build on the already ridiculous defensive line that put the league on notice last year. Harris does not have the prototypical size of an NFL defensive end, but Harris had 16 sacks last season. That’s impressive. Put him behind Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon, and you have yourself a scary defensive squad. Could be a situational pass rusher in his first season, but Harris would be quite the gift to draft at No. 23.
  5. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin: Back to the offensive line for the Giants. Ramczyk can help the left side of the o-line for the G-Men. He can stand up right and hold his own on the left side, something that Flowers has been unable to do. Ramczyk can make an immediate impact on the offensive line and can effectively block for the run and pass. Fixes an immediate need for the Giants, and they will reap the rewards.

Most Likely Pick for the Giants at No. 23: David Njoku. Offense was the Giants weak point last season. The Giants can go out there and grab a tremendous playmaker at the tight end position. Beckham, Marshall, Shepard, and Njoku. That’s a scary combo to pit against the entire NFC East and league.

Note: I don’t believe the Giants will go after a quarterback in the first round. Regardless of all the talk with finding Manning’s replacement in the future, I just don’t see the Giants using a first round pick on a QB. The second and third round is a more likely spot for the Giants to take a QB, such as DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame) or Brad Kaaya (Miami).

Who do you think the Giants will take in the first round? Let me know on Twitter @ScottRogust. Also, I will be live tweeting during the NFL Draft, so be sure to follow!

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