New York Giants: 3 things to watch at NFL Combine

Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Austin Seferian-Jenkins has top-level talent at the tight end position.
Credit: Getty Images

The Giants have plenty of needs heading into the NFL Combine after an underwhelming 2013. A deep draft should be able to help them plug some holes in areas that lack top-end talent.

Metro looks at three areas of need for the Giants and possible players who might emerge over the next week at the NFL Combine to help bring Big Blue back to the playoffs.

1. Cornerback

Name one player who can complement Prince Amukamara on the Giants roster? Answer: There is none. The Giants have some depth at cornerback, but truthfully it isn’t quality depth. The good news is this draft boasts some solid playmakers at the position, with Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert a good athlete despite being a bit raw in his coverage skills. If he can get his 40-yard dash time below 4.5 seconds, South Carolina’s Victor Hampton could be a second-round talent.

2. Tight end

There are plenty of question marks in the draft at the tight end position, which means the Giants might want to use one of their top-two selections on the high-end players at this spot. A lot of scouts are raving about Eric Ebron, the North Carolina tight end who oozes potential but has plenty of drops. There’s also Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who has tremendous size but lacks physicality and has some character concern issues. But he has upside and if he can show a good 40-yard dash time — he lacks true playmaker speed for the position — the Giants might be intrigued in the second round.

3. Offensive guard

It was no secret the offensive line was a mess for the Giants last year. The unit needs to get younger and more talented in a hurry. Mississippi State’s Gabe Jackson doesn’t have the long arms you’d like to see in a guard but he might present good value in the second round. There’s also some thought Notre Dame’s Zach Martin might start his career as a guard after playing tackle for the Fighting Irish. He could be a savvy college player who adds some versatility to the line. And if Baylor guard Cyril Richardson manages to reshape his body, he could be a mid-round selection with some good upside.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

National

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…

National

New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

For the first time in hundreds of years, it's about to be legal to cheat on your spouse in New Hampshire.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Movies

Review: 'Fading Gigolo' finds few jokes in women…

John Turturro writes, directs and stars in "Fading Gigolo," in which he plays a prostitute whose pimp is Woody Allen. And there's still very few jokes.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.