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Five safeties the Giants could target in the NFL Draft

Landon Collins of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates

Landon Collins of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after intercepting the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Jan. 2, 2014 in New Orleans. Credit: Getty Images / Streeter Lecka

Landon Collins

Alabama, 6-foot, 228

A disciple of the late Sean Taylor (he watches old film of the Redskins safety before games and wears 26) and a fan of Kam Chancellor's, Collins is an old-fashioned box safety who would help the Giants' run defense. He might be a stretch with the ninth overall pick.

Damarious Randall

Arizona State, 5-11, 196

Posted the second-fastest 40 time at the combine for a safety (4.46) along with an impressive 38-inch vertical. A feisty player who could be too small to play in the box but has impressed scouts with his heart and desire. If the Giants trade down in the first round or up in the second, he could be their target.

Shaq Thompson

Washington, 6-foot, 228

A versatile player who was a linebacker in college but has the athleticism to convert to safety in the NFL. He's expressed a desire to play linebacker in the pros, but he won't have much choice if a team forces him to make the switch. He's also played offense for Washington. If he's still available in the second round, the Giants could make a move.

Eric Rowe

Utah, 6-foot, 205

A big body who moved to cornerback last season and showed he has the speed and athleticism to man that position. In fact, his combine times (4.37) were among the fastest for cornerbacks. It shouldn't be hard to move him back to safety, or even use him as a nickel back the way the Giants did with Antrel Rolle. Keep an eye on him and the Giants in the third round.

Anthony Harris

Virginia, 6-foot, 183

A team captain in 2014, and we know the Giants love that. He sat out the combine after shoulder surgery. He may not have the bulk to compete at the line of scrimmage, but he's very coachable, can contribute on special teams, and is an intelligent defensive back who reads quarterbacks very well. Giants likely won't consider him until the third round at the earliest.

Others to watch: Byron Jones, Connecticut; Cody Prewitt, Mississippi; Cedric Thompson, Minnesota; and Quinten Rollins, Miami (Ohio).

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