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5 players Giants could take in first round of NFL Draft

Newsday's Tom Rock lists five players the Giants could take in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday.

Brandon Scherff, Iowa

Brandon Scherff, Iowa Offensive lineman A strong, tenacious
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Brandon Scherff, Iowa
Offensive lineman
A strong, tenacious player who would be a solid addition to the Giants’ running game and the latest piece in what has become a three-year rebuilding effort on the line. Figure him to step in at guard at first, but he can play tackle.

Amari Cooper, Alabama

Amari Cooper, Alabama Wide receiver It’s unlikely he’ll
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Amari Cooper, Alabama
Wide receiver
It’s unlikely he’ll be available when the Giants make their pick at 9, but if he is it would be hard to pass on such a talent. Cooper would give the Giants the top wide receiving unit in the NFL, assuming Victor Cruz can come back at anything close to what he was.

Danny Shelton, Washington

Danny Shelton, Washington Defensive tackle A huge man
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Danny Shelton, Washington
Defensive tackle
A huge man who can clog the middle against the run, he’d work well on a front with other young Giants DTs Johnathan Hankins and Jay Bromley who are shiftier and better pass rushers and could learn for a year with fellow jumbo-liner Kenrick Ellis.

Kevin White, West Virginia

Kevin White, West Virginia Wide receiver Not as
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Kevin White, West Virginia
Wide receiver
Not as polished as Cooper, but some scouts believe he has more potential. He could be too risky for the play-it-safe Giants who don’t want to gamble too much with their first top 10 pick in over a decade. They want this one to be a for-sure selection that’ll allow them to pick in the late 20s and 30s for years to come.

Randy Gregory, Nebraska

Randy Gregory, Nebraska Defensive end The Giants still
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Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Defensive end
The Giants still love their pass-rushers, and with the return of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo they’ll put even more of an emphasis on the position and his relative lightness would allow him to drop back in zone coverages. Gregory has tested positive for marijuana, which could be a red flag for the team.

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