Four top picks that could fall to Giants

In this Nov. 30, 2013, file photo, Texas

In this Nov. 30, 2013, file photo, Texas A&M offensive linesman Jake Matthews takes up his position during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Columbia, Mo. (Credit: AP / Jeff Roberson)

Three years ago, the Giants were shocked when Prince Amukamara fell into their laps as the 19th overall selection of the 2011 draft. Here are four projected top 10 picks that could surprise the Giants by dropping to them at 12:
 
Mike Evans
WR, Texas A&M
Dynamic playmaker on the receiving end of many of Johnny Manziel’s best passes. Many scouts believed that Evans outshone Manziel at his own pro day. Imagine him and Victor Cruz in a West Coast-style offense.
 
Jake Matthews
OT, Texas A&M
Bloodlines include a Hall of Fame father (Bruce Matthews) as well as an uncle and two cousins who played in the NFL (including current Packer All-Pro Clay Matthews). Some scouts have compared him to Tony Boselli, the very first draft pick of the Jaguars in 1995 . . . made by Tom Coughlin.
 
Anthony Barr
LB, UCLA
Giants haven’t selected a linebacker in the first round since Carl Banks in 1984, but Barr would be projected more as a defensive end. Remember the Giants’ motto: You can never have too many pass-rushers. Against players such as Robert Griffin III, LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles in the division, the Giants can use as much athleticism up front as they can get.
 
Aaron Donald
DT, Pittsburgh
Strong Senior Bowl helped push Donald into the top 10 on many draft boards. He’s small for the position — 6-foot, 285 — but very quick and surprisingly strong. He can also play defensive end, which would make him a good insurance in case Cullen Jenkins gets injured.

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