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Mailbag: O-Line prospects to watch; Edge rushers in high demand

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Kenneth from Florida: Would Dave Gettleman use the No .4 overall pick for a risky but gigantic hog mollie in Mekhi Becton or go with a safer pick from a big school like Jedrick Wills or Andrew Thomas?

John Schmeelk: I'm not sure you should classify Becton as "risky". He does not have as many traditional pass protection reps as Thomas, Wills or Tristan Wirfs, but he is so physically gifted and dominant on tape many teams would not consider him a risk. Every one of those four offensive line prospects is an excellent player with his own strengths and weaknesses. Talking to different analysts at the combine, there is no consensus on which player is the best of the group and it will be a matter of what type of player a front office prefers. It will be interesting to see how they fall off the board on draft night.

Gerard from Florida: Why have the Giants been unable to secure any pass rushers or linebackers in free agency or the draft?

John Schmeelk: Edge rushers play a premium position. The best players at that position rarely make it to free agency and when they do, they are very expensive. Often times, an edge rusher will have the franchise tag placed on them and then a team has to trade draft capital to acquire them like what happened with Dee Ford and Frank Clark last offseason. And remember, the Giants have Markus Golden, who is scheduled to become a free agent.

The Giants have not used a high draft selection on a traditional off-ball linebacker, but they did trade for Alec Ogletree a couple of offseasons ago. With Ogletree no longer on the roster, David Mayo a free agent and Ryan Connelly coming off an ACL injury, there is little experience left in that area of the roster. As the Giants try to build out this defense, they will use some of their resources on both positions since there is a shortage on the depth chart.

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Robert from New Jersey:I think we should re-sign Cody Latimer because he is a threat in the kick return game and a great underrated player and still young?

John Schmeelk: The Giants have a lot of decisions to make at wide receiver with Latimer, Cody Core and Russell Shepard all hitting the free agent market. All of them contribute on special teams in one way or another. Latimer has been a solid player as a receiver and a reliable kick returner. He also only missed only one game due to injury last year, after having more frequent injury issues earlier in his career.


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