Ever since the New York Giants were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 17, everyone has been getting their wish lists for 2013 prepared – especially for the NFL Draft, which will take place in about a month in New York City at Radio City Music Hall.
Giants fans have had three months to pick what position the Giants and general manager Jerry Reese need to address. Most will tell you offensive line, linebacker and cornerback; which were weaknesses in 2012. However, according to a couple of the latest mock drafts, none of those three positions are being addressed by the Giants.
A lot of mock drafts are having the Giants replenishing the defensive line and their pass rush at No. 19. And several pick experts are going with is Bjoern Werner, defensive end from Florida State.
With the expected departure of Osi Umenyiora to the Atlanta Falcons, and Justin Tuck in a make-or-break season in 2013, it honestly would not be that shocking if the Giants decided to skip obvious team needs and drafted the best available player when their turn comes.
Reese did it in 2010 when he took Jason Pierre -aul, a move many fans criticized because the team already had Osi and Tuck. And you can even say he did it again in 2012 when he drafted David Wilson when the team already had Ahmad Bradshaw on the roster.
Werner is a 6'3", 275-pound lineman who has a great first step and has good anticipation skills as far as finding the football and chasing down plays. While at Florida State, some felt that Werner might take a play off on occasion, and even some said he might not be engaged on the field if the play is away from him.
With Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, along with the veterans the team has, that characteristic trait would be squashed immediately because Coughlin demands perfection and discipline from his players all the time. Coughlin would call Werner out on that if he saw it on the field in practice or in training camp, and it would be for Werner's benefit.
He also might not be the best pure athlete out there in the draft, but his skills set and what Werner can offer to a defense like the Giants would be enough for Reese to draft him. He tackles well and hardly ever misses, something the Giants struggled with in 2012. One too many missed tackles allowed either running backs or receivers second chance opportunities to stretch plays for big gains against the Giants and in the end, hurt them.
Werner also uses his speed at end to get by offensive lineman to get to the quarterback, totaling 20 sacks over the last two seasons for the Seminoles; 13 of them came in 2012.
With a month until the Giants are on the clock in April, don't be surprised for one minute if the Giants end up taking the former German exchange student with their first round pick.
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