As the NFL Draft rapidly approaches, conflicting reports have already begun to spread regarding various teams and their potential first-round targets. Naturally, the New York Giants are among those teams with rumored interests, and on Wednesday during a conference call, ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper said the team may be one of three targeting a tight end in the first round.
Of course, the Giants' draft plans hinge entirely upon what occurs during free agency – and that includes both their own free agents and other unrestricted free agents around the league.
With the value of Martellus Bennett increasing by the day, he may eventually find himself priced out of the Giants' league. Should that occur, Jerry Reese & Co. would be forced to find a replacement elsewhere, and only then would it make sense for them to consider a tight end in round one.
Having recently re-signed Bear Pascoe, the team currently has four tight ends under contract, but no clear-cut No. 1. That job would be Bennett's assuming he's re-signed, but if not, it becomes an area of need and the pool isn't very deep at tight end this year. Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert and Stanford's Zach Ertz are the two premiere tight ends available, but each are late first-round or possibly even second-round targets.
In addition to the tight end situation, Kiper noted that defensive end Sam Montgomery, who has been linked to the Giants, "doesn't have great burst."
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