In my last column, I delved into the top offensive tackles the New York Giants might look at with the 12th pick come Thursday’s NFL draft, but in this column I will assess wide receiving options that the Giants may pursue in Round 2 and beyond.
With the loss of Hakeem Nicks, the Giants obviously need to fill some holes at wide receiver.
With the “jury still out” on Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan still not a proven commodity and Mario Manningham seemingly battling injuries every year, the Giants will likely look to bolster their receiving corps in the draft, as they did not pursue any (outside of re-signing Manningham) receivers during the free-agency period.
The chances Mike Evans of Texas A&M being available with the 12th pick are slim to none, so the Giants may not address the position there (although rumors persist they are interested in LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr.).
Here are a few wideouts who may be available when the Giants use their second-round pick (No. 43 overall).
Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
At 6’5”, 230 pounds, Benjamin is a receiver that could just go get the ball. If he gets any steam in the open field, he is almost impossible to tackle. Benjamin would be a great red-zone threat and would complement Victor Cruz wonderfully.
Allen Robinson, Penn State
Robinson combines great size (6’3”, 210 pounds) and speed and is as steady as they come in the draft. He led the Big Ten in receiving in back-to-back seasons, and he’s for sure a wide receiver to target in the second round. Robinson has a pro-ready body.
Davante Adams, Fresno State
After racking up an incredible 24 touchdowns at Fresno State last year, Adams is piquing the curiosity of many scouts and general managers. Plain and simple, Adams makes plays and once he gets down the nuances of the game, he can be an above-average receiver in the league.
Marqise Lee, USC
Lee has great vision and open-field speed. Lee is as good a home-run threat as he is a possession receiver and he might make a long-lasting impact in the NFL.
Jarvis Landry, LSU
While not as athletic as his LSU teammate Odell Beckham Jr., Landry is as sure handed a receiver as there is in this draft. While overshadowed by Beckham, Landry may be overlooked during the draft and that would be a mistake. Landry is a confident route runner and should be a on a lot of people’s radars in the second round.
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
If the Giants are looking for a big-bodied receiving threat, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews should be high on their list. Matthews is good at getting separation, but he could work on his timing and athleticism. Still, he could become a fantastic red-zone threat.
Some other receivers the Giants might be interested in:
Cody Lattimer, Indiana
Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss
Martavis Bryant, Clemson
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