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Mailbag: TE prospects; options at 5 & 7?


Thomas in New Jersey: Who are the Giants looking at the TE position? They need a reliable one.

John Schmeelk: The Giants have brought in a couple of veterans in Jordan Akins and Ricky Seal-Jones to help the tight end room but you could expect more reinforcements to arrive in the NFL Draft. There are players of different styles the Giants can choose from - Iowa State's Charlie Kolar is a long receiving target; Isaiah Likely from Coastal Carolina is a move tight end; Greg Dulcich a downfield seam target; Washington's Cade Otton can do a little bit of everything despite an injury history; Wisconsin's Jake Ferguson is an excellent blocker; and Virginia's Jelani Woods had a great combine with one of the best combinations of measurements and testing scores anyone has ever seen.

Cliff in New York: With Evan Neal presumed off the board by the time the Giants pick, would they be "reaching" to take Ickey Ekwonu, who is said to need work on his feet for better pass protection – a similar knock on Ereck Flowers?

John Schmeelk: Ekwonu is a much more mobile prospect than Flowers with better feet, technique and athletic potential, so there is no comparison between the two players.

Ralph in North Carolina: I hope the Giants draft a top edge rusher and a top-tier offensive tackle. We see a lot of draft opinions but - with the new leadership - I am pretty sure the team will start to build up, agree?

John Schmeelk: The strength at the top of this draft class is at edge rusher, offensive tackle, and cornerback. Barring a trade, you would expect the Giants to leave pick Nos. 5 and 7 with a player at one of those positions.

Tom in Connecticut: Will the Giants' cap situation hinder them from making deals to add more draft choices this year?

John Schmeelk: Although signing draft picks impacts the cap, acquiring elite talent is more important and the front office is likely to do what it needs to do in terms of the cap in order to freely operate in the draft.


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