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How will Rookies fit into 2015 Giants?

The Giants are all about finding the "best player available" in the draft, but they are also aware of their needs.

General manager Jerry Reese and company hope they did just that over the past weekend, ushering in the next generation of Giants with a six-member draft class of 2015.

Bookended by offensive linemen, the new crop includes a pair of safeties to go along with a pass-rusher and wide receiver. They will now compete with incumbents at their respective positions for places on the depth chart as the team tries to climb the mountain back to the postseason for the first time since the 2011 Super Bowl campaign. 

Here, looks at the four positions affected by the Giants' 2015 draft class:


Draft picks: Miami's Ereck Flowers (first round, No. 9 overall) and Florida State's Bobby Hart (seventh, 226).

For the second time in three years, the Giants selected an offensive lineman in the first round. And by doing so, the Giants may have gotten better at two positions. The Giants think Flowers can be their left tackle of the future, but in the meantime, he could play on the right side or even in between at guard.

That's where the competition comes in.

Veteran Will Beatty has started all but one game over the last three seasons at left tackle, while Justin Pugh has held down the right side since being drafted 19th overall by the Giants in 2013. Coach Tom Coughlin would not comment on Pugh potentially moving inside, saying that he first must get with his coaches to see how Flowers will fit.

If Pugh or Flowers did move inside, they will join John Jerry, who last year started all 16 games at right guard in his first season with the Giants, and Geoff Schwartz, who missed most of last season because of injuries. Meanwhile, the Giants released starting center J.D. Walton this offseason, making room for Weston Richburg to compete for the spot he played in college. The Giants also added Brett Jones, one of the Canadian Football League's most decorated offensive linemen.

It should all add up to an interesting summer for offensive line coach Pat Flaherty.

"[Flowers] is an addition to the players that we have here," Coughlin said. "We are excited about that. We do have some veteran players here as well. Hopefully the best will rise to the surface."

Check out photos of the Giants' offensive line


Draft picks: Alabama's Landon Collins (second round, No. 33 overall) and Texas' Mykkele Thompson (fifth, 144).

With no returning starting safeties, it was time to be aggressive for the Giants. The opportunity presented itself heading into the second day of the draft when the Giants traded up -- they surrendered a pick in each of the fourth and seventh rounds in an exchange with the Tennessee Titans -- and grabbed Collins, a consensus All-American and national champion. Collins blew away scouts with his play on the field as well as his pre-draft interviews. He will compete for a starting role from the jump, as will Thompson, who played just about every defensive back position in college.

Meanwhile, Nat Berhe wouldn't be on the team if he couldn't play. Before the draft, Berhe and Cooper Taylor were the only two safeties on the roster after the free-agent departures of defensive co-captain Antrel Rolle (Bears) and Stevie Brown (Texans); Quintin Demps remains a free agent.

Photos of the Giants Safeties


Draft pick: UCLA's Owa Odighizuwa (third round, No. 74 overall)

Many believe Odighizuwa was one of the top steals of the 2015 NFL Draft. He wowed the Giants with his physical attributes during the draft process, and if he can acclimate to the pro game, they think he could develop into an impact pass rusher.

Emotional when he received the call from the Giants, Odighizuwa has studied the franchise's lineage of defensive ends from Michael Strahan to Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka, Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul. Now he will try to add his own name to that list on a depth chart that currently includes Pierre-Paul, Robert Ayers, Damontre Moore, Kerry Wynn and free-agent acquisition George Selvie.

Photos of the Giants 2015 defensive ends


**Draft pick: Connecticut's Geremy Davis (sixth round, No. 186 overall)

In addition to being a core special teams player, Davis is a quarterback friendly receiver who is "strong, competitive and more of a possession type receiver" in the words of Marc Ross, the Giants' vice president of player evaluation. Davis is joining the seventh-ranked passing attack in the league from 2014. Quarterback Eli Manning posted career highs in completions, attempts, and percentage throwing to the likes of wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Preston Parker, Corey Washington, Kevin Ogletree and Victor Cruz, who is coming back from a season-ending knee injury. Meanwhile, the Giants will also have Marcus Harris, who was having a strong summer before a hip injury caused him to miss the entire 2014 season.

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