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Giant Expectations For 2013 Draft Picks

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DT Johnathan Hankins of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Credit Giants.com.
DT Johnathan Hankins of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Credit Giants.com.

What to expect: Hankins is a big presence on the defensive line and, along with the free agent signing of Cullen Jenkins, it's clear that the Giants are aggressively trying to improve their run defense by sticking as many big, run-stuffing bodies on the defensive line as an effort to plug up those holes.

Who they could have gotten instead: Again, the Giants passed up on linebackers and cornerbacks that would have better satisfied the Giants’ needs at those positions. Arthur Brown, the linebacker from Kansas State that the Giants had their eyes on, was taken at No. 56 overall by the Baltimore Ravens, seven picks after the Giants. And Jamar Taylor, a cornerback from Boise State, was taken at No. 54 by the Miami Dolphins. But Reese loves drafting defensive linemen, and adding depth to the line is never a bad thing in the long run.

Potential impact: Hankins should have an impact on the defensive line right away, and the Giants hope that he'll be able to join an already big interior line to shore up the run defense for the long term.