Projecting the draft: New York Giants

By Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst
The good news for the Giants is they are Super Bowl champs. Bad news? They're picking last in the first round. But, let's be honest, all 32 teams would take that deal.

The Giants have been one of the better teams in recent memory at building through the NFL Draft, adding depth and quality players in every round. And a large reason they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy last February is their belief of quality over quantity, making sure they have excellent depth at each position.

General Manager Jerry Reese, who cut his teeth under former Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi, has a certain vision for the Giants. And he fills his roster with value picks, adding talent over need. The Giants have won a pair of Super Bowl titles under Reese's watch, but the Giants are geared to be contenders for the foreseeable future.

Here are five players the Giants might target on draft weekend:

OT Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford (NFLDraftScout.com ranking: 25)
Prior to the 2011 college football season, Jonathan Martin and Matt Kalil were mentioned in the same breath in regards to the top tackles in the Pac 12. And while Kalil clearly separated himself as the cream of the crop, Martin also flashed first round talent and should only get better. He looks the part and has done a nice job adding strength to his frame. Martin is smart and was also recruited by several Ivy League schools out of high school and that intelligence translates well to the field. He is more of a finesse blocker than physical mauler, but he is an impressive overall athlete with a very good combination of range and raw strength. Martin lacks top-shelf tools and is still a work-in-progress and needs to refine his technique, but would be an excellent value pick in the late first round by the Giants.

DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson (NFLDraftScout.com ranking: 54)
The Giants are very strong on the interior of their defensive line, but are always looking for value and if Brandon Thompson slips to the end of the second round, it would be tough for New York to pass him up. Thompson, who is nicknamed “Yams”, has been a disruptive force the last few years at Clemson, interrupting the offensive gameplan. He is active, versatile and a nightmare to block one-on-one, showing the skill-set to fit in various schemes. Thompson too often overextends himself at the waist and ends up on the ground, playing sloppy. But he is built like a vending machine and is a load to handle with his quickness, raw power and body control. Thompson is a solid second round pick and would be a steal for the Giants in the late second round.

RB Bernard Pierce, Temple (NFLDraftScout.com ranking: 106)
With Brandon Jacobs gone and back-up Andre Brown suspended, the Giants might look to add some depth at the running back position. And the Giants could find nice value in the third or fourth round with Bernard Pierce. He was extremely productive at Temple the last three seasons with 18 career 100+ yard performances and was a touchdown machine with a school-record 53 career rushing scores. Pierce led the MAC in rushing twice (2009, 2011) and was a First Team All-Conference performer each of the past three years. He fights for every yard and will lower his pads before contact, but isn't a power back and runs too upright. Pierce is a bit tight and lacks the explosive speed to be a consistent home run threat at the next level and isn't very active as a receiver out of the backfield. He has very good vision and patience to pick through defenses, but comes with strong durability concerns that could push him down draft boards a bit.

C David Molk, Michigan (NFLDraftScout.com ranking: 172)
Molk doesn't look like much, but he's as aggressive and tenacious as blockers get and plays bigger than he appears. He doesn't have elite physical tools for the NFL, but you can't measure heart and desire where Molk reigns supreme. Molk has 42 career starts under his belt and worked through several different offensive systems in Ann Arbor, bring a battle-tested and smart veteran presence to the NFL. He needs to develop his base strength and prove he can stay healthy, but is a quick, scrappy and competitive blocker with pro intangibles and work ethic, the exact type of center the Giants might look for. Molk would be a good value in the fifth round and give New York a future starter to replace another Michigan center, David Baas.

CB Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina (NFLDraftScout.com ranking: 215)
One of the top performers at the East-West Shrine Game was Josh Norman who cemented his status as an early third day pick with his great showing during practices. He walked on at Coastal Carolina because his older brother played there and it took some convincing by the coaching staff to keep him there over transferring to an SEC program after he improved his grades. Norman leaves the college ranks with the school record for interceptions (13) and passes broken up (35). He does come with some discipline concerns as he tends to freelance too much with a “me-first” attitude. But his natural skill-set is intriguing with imposing size for the position with impressive closing burst, footwork and ballskills. Norman is confident, flexible and knows how to use his length, offering big time potential at either cornerback or safety if he improves mentally. Norman might remind Reese of a young Antrel Rolle.
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