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3 potential targets for Giants in 2019 NFL Draft

In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Kentucky

In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen (41) rushes South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley (19) during the second half in Lexington, Ky. Photo Credit: AP/Bryan Woolston

The Giants will select somewhere between fourth and 12th in the first round of April’s NFL Draft, depending on a number of outcomes today. Here is a look at some players they might be considering:

JOSH ALLEN, LB, KENTUCKY

The Giants need an impact pass-rusher, and given the premium on the position it would break the bank to try to grab one in free ageny . . . if any even are available. The best way to infuse the defense with the ability to get to opposing quarterbacks is to draft a player who can do it and the 6-5, 260-pound Allen has been virtually unstoppable in college. Nick Bosa might be a better pure pass-rusher, but the Giants would have to transition him to their 3-4 scheme. Allen is the type of player who can not only be an important part of the Giants’ defense, but around whom they can build the entire unit.

JONAH WILLIAMS, OT, ALABAMA

A four-year starter for a perennial national title contender, the 6-5, 300-pound Williams is a highly polished player who is technically sound and has the athleticism and strength to play in the pros. Building a wall in front of the quarterback (whoever that turns out to be) and opening holes for Saquon Barkley will be keys to the offense in 2019, and Williams can be plugged right into a starting position on either side. The big question is whether he’ll be available by the time the Giants are on the clock.

DWAYNE HASKINS, QB, OHIO STATE

He hasn’t yet declared for the NFL Draft, but the 6-3, 220-pound redshirt sophomore figures to be the top quarterback prospect now that Justin Herbert is staying at Oregon for one more year. Haskins probably isn’t ready to step in and take over a team right away, but if the Giants decide they want to keep Eli Manning around for one more year they could do a lot worse than having Haskins behind him ready to carry the franchise forward into its post-Manning era.

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