Entering Thursday’s NFL draft, the Giants’ biggest needs are on the offensive line and at linebacker. However, with limited options for linebackers worthy of the 19th overall pick, the odds favor a new blocker joining Big Blue. Here are five players whom the Giants might select:
Mike Pouncey, G, Florida
Pouncey's twin brother, Maurkice, a center, was hugely successful as a rookie in Pittsburgh last season. Many scouts believe Mike will be every bit as good.
Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
The Giants moved David Diehl to guard, creating an opening at left tackle. The 6-foot-7, 311-pound Castonzo is widely considered to be the second-best tackle in the draft.
Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
If Pouncey and Castonzo are off the board, Big Blue might turn to Carimi, who has quicker feet and might be more ready to start in the NFL as a rookie than Castonzo is.
Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield is a free agent and Chris Canty has been nothing special. The 298-pound Liuget is known as both a stout run stopper and a disruptive pass rusher.
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
There's no guarantee that free-agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw will be back next season. Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, makes up for his lack of explosiveness with great vision.