Robert Moreschi

Giant Expectations For 2013 Draft Picks

Created on Apr. 30, 2013 12:25 AM EST

Round 5: S Cooper Taylor, Richmond

What to expect: From the Richmond Spiders of the FCS, the Giants took S Cooper Taylor. The team had more of a need for cornerbacks heading into the draft, but Taylor is a big safety at 6-foot-4, 228 pounds, and might be able to play linebacker as well. Taylor will most likely be used when the Giants go with their three safety look; a formation that they like to use on passing downs.

Who they could have gotten instead: Late in the fifth round, the talent pool begins to thin considerably and, at this point, there isn't much left on the board so it usually comes down to finding the best available player. Florida State LB Brandon Jenkins was taken by the Washington Redskins at No. 162 overall, 10 picks after the Giants.

Potential impact: With his size, Taylor will be perfect for covering tight ends in pass coverage, which is something that has been a major weakness for the Giants over the past few seasons as they've gotten exploited time and time again by tight ends.

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