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New York Giants May Have Their Choice of Dynamic Linebackers in the 2013 NFL Draft

February 27th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Kyle Langan

The New York Giants owe much of their recent success to a combination of depth and dynamic ability along the defensive front seven. However, right now, they lack that.

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The added presence of Jacquian Williams in 2013 will help and Jason Pierre-Paul has become a household name, but the rest of the front seven is either aging or inexperienced. Players like Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger will see opportunities, but they have much to prove.

The lack of pass rush as well as the lack of range from he front seven was distressing for the Giants.

General Manager Jerry Reese will be in the market for players who can get to the quarterback as well as provide some extra range along the front seven. Accordingly, there is reason to believe that the Draft provides that market. There are a number of players in the top- 20 range who can both get to the quarterback and play in a standup role.

Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia

Jarvis Jones is an intriguing prospect whose stock is as hard to peg as anyone’s right now. In 2010 he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and missed the entire season. He transferred from USC to Georgia as a result of USCs reluctance to allow him to play with his newfound neck injury.

The head and neck area are hot topics in NFL circles these days, and it is impossible to predict just how many teams would be willing to spend a first round pick on a player with issues in that area.

If he slides, expect the Giants to be attracted to his production. With 28 sacks in the last two seasons and scores of tackles for a loss to go along with them, Jones could be the perfect fit in New York. He has the athleticism to play the SAM linebacker role while also possessing the ability to rush the passer off the edge, something the Giants love (and need).

Should 18 other teams pass on Jones, expect the Giants to be interested.

Barkevious Mingo, LB, LSU

Barkevious Mingo has athletic skills that are as good as any player in the draft. His 6’5” 240 pound frame blew up the combine drills, as he looked very fluid in space.

At the NFL Combine interviews, Mingo said it was his speed that separated him from other prospective defensive ends. He is a bit of a misfit as a pure defensive end in a 4-3 due to his smaller frame but may have a role as a linebacker.

The ability to go sideline-to-sideline as well as set the edge against offensive linemen (and occasionally cover) is critical against teams such as the Washington Redskins who love to run the pistol formation.

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11 Responses to “New York Giants May Have Their Choice of Dynamic Linebackers in the 2013 NFL Draft”

  1.  Krow says:

    It’s hard to imagine us pulling the trigger on a LB at 19. We just let our best backer go rather than pay him $4,000,000. We clearly suck at developing LBs. Our current crop of LBs are terrible, but it doesn’t seem to bother team management. We’re also primarily a 4-3 defense as opposed to a 3-4.

    And to go into my favorite subject … the salary cap … good LBs are cheap. So you don’t get a lot of cap leverage from having one on his rookie deal.

    In fact I don’t see us dropping even our pick 49 on one … unless it’s a value so high we can’t pass it up.

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    CBS Sportsline out with a bunch of post combine mock drafts:

    Clark Judge
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/clark-judge/21773745/mock-draft-take-one-chiefs-go-for-joeckel

    #19 NYG – Ziggy Ansah (Mingo goes #15 & Jarvis Jones goes #17??)

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    Dane Brugler:
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfldraftscout-DaneBrugler

    #19 NYG – Ezekial Ansah (Jones goes #15??)

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    Rob Rang:
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfldraftscout-RobRang

    #19 NYG – Tyler Eifert (Just stupid. We pass on Mingo, Trufant, and Austin btw)

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    Will Brinson:
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/21767677/2013-nfl-mock-draft-combine-brings-ot-og-positions-closer-at-top

    #19 NYG – DJ Fluker (passing on Rhodes, Trufant, Austin and Ogletree)

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    Pete Prisco:
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/pete-prisco/21767548/prisco-mock-no2-a-change-at-the-top

    #19 NYG – Manelik Watson (passing on Bjoern Werner)

  3.  rlhjr says:

    The Giants treat the linebacker position much like many of us (not me) tend to think of running backs. That is “a dime a dozen”. In fact I’d say the Giants value running backs MORE than linebackers.

    But right now, they almost have to ignore the LB spot in the first three picks. Certainly the first two selections due to their needs which are in order: DT/OL/DB. The foundation provided by those has to be built. Either this year or next. There is no other way to accomplish the task and have resonable cap figures.

    But make no mistake; linebackers are going to become very important characters. And if Reese and Co. do not respond with insight and understanding, the Giants will be left in the dust of supposed elite football teams. Because the defense will be punch less. Right now the Giants are laughable in this area.

    I said a several weeks ago that the position in general is morph/blurring into what we would recognize as (rather large) safeties. I see no way around it.
    Look for very athletic/fast/strong kids who play aggressively. They can be as small as 235 and as large as 255. What will make them scary is the ability to move in traffic and lope along with running backs and tight ends in pass coverage. What will make them deadly will be the ability to rush the passer from either the edge or up the middle. You heard it here first, a few months ago. Some will be better in coverage, some better at run stopping and still others better at pass rushing. But you better believe that all of them will be able to run, and hit. WAIT FOR IT………….

    The Giants 3 safety defense is basically the Harold of this approach.
    Because those three players must be able to track receivers, make open field tackles in many cases shedding offensive linemen. That’s a tall order for a 215 pound man. And you will find some freakish kid at that weight who can.

    Look at youngster Seattle took from West Virginia. Everyone said, oh he’s too small to hold down SAM or WIL. Yeah, right. You have to find the right kid. And from what I saw in the combine, there are quite a few. They are all really throw backs to number 56. “Constantly imitated, but duplicated”
    Stat line: 6ft 4in 247lbs runs like a deer, mean as a snake.
    A lot like the kids Jordan and Ogeltree. With Ogletree having no regard for his body…or anyone elses for that matter. “Where have you heard that before?”
    (For the record, I don’t think Ogletree passes Coughlins smell test)

    It’s the next step in evolution if you will and how defenses will fight back.
    It’s still the ultimate way to defend if you have four of them. It’s time to wake up and start thinking ahead of the game. If not, the game will get ahead of you. Go to sleep at the wheel and you’ll be looking up the rest of the league.

    As for the young man mentioned in the article, I have cervical stenosis and mine is managed by having a injection between the affected vertebra every 6 to 8 months, or when the pain makes it hard to move my right arm.
    That puts a damper on my weight lifting basketball/softball and golf routines. With the proper exercise I think an elite athlete could be effective.

    But taking constant shots involving the neck and compressing the affected vertebra is not the ticket to longevity. In any event it’s just a matter of time before you need the surgery to reshape the spinal canal and hopefully elevate the rubbing of bone against the spinal coord.

    Once the surrounding bone of the vertebra touch the spinal coord, partial paralysis and extreme pain occurs at the site of the stenosis, and then to arm, legs or shoulders depending on what area of the spine is touched. The muscles tighten to the point where you are immobile. In other words, it sucks.

    •  Krow says:

      It’s hard for me to give Seattle much credit what with the apparent rampant PED abuse that team is into. It’s one thing to draft smart … quite another to just roid up your picks.

      •  F0XLIN says:

        Krow do you have any article on this? The aderol suspensions for Sherman and Browner? Or are you referring to something else?

    •  Krow says:

      I am in total agreement with your assessment of how SS and LB are blurring. Especially now with the advent of more college style, dumbed down offenses. The problem is that these kind of players are tough to identify. The key is speed.

      However … to make it all work you have to have solid interior DT play to stop the dive … something we simply don’t. We were gashed repeatedly up the middle.

      •  rlhjr says:

        Yes sir. I 100% agree.

        Speaking of which….I know it’s crazy but one draft has Floyd falling to 19. If that happens and Reese passes on him I like Kujo famously asserted will “flip a “$h|+”…………………………

        Still the funniest thing ever out of his keyboard given the tumult about JPP doing back flips LMFAO…

  4.  giantsou812 says:

    lol after they wrote the front seven needs help they want to draft a linebacker.
    the only way we need a linebacker is if we move kiwi to DE only then we would have draft a LB/DE.

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