NFL mock draft 2013: Consensus is that Giants need defense

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Giants need to upgrade their defense, but the 18 picks before they go on the clock will likely determine which player is matched with them on draft day.

With exactly 50 days between Wednesday and the 2013 NFL Draft, many mock drafts have begun to take on similarities; however, the choices for the New York Giants remain very mixed. While the consensus is that the Giants will look to upgrade their defense in the first round, the player will likely depend upon who manages to fall past the 18 teams picking ahead of them.

In the SB Nation mock draft on Monday, the Giants go about fixing their defensive woes by inserting a new player right into the middle of the defense by taking Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown. Bucky Brooks of NFL.com agreed on Monday that linebacker should be the course of action, although he didn't agree that Brown was the solution, instead slating Georgia's Alec Ogletree to the Giants.

Despite a reputation for pass rushers, the most popular selection for the Giants in mock drafts, though, is defensive lineman as Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, Charles Davis of NFL.com and Rob Rang of CBS Sports all selected a lineman for the Giants in their newest mock draft published this week. However, as was the case before, the three mock drafts did not agree on which particular player that would be.

For Rang it was a defensive tackle, as he predicted on Monday that the Giants will select Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Davis predicted that it'll be another defensive end to add to the rotation as he matched the Giants with BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. For Brugler it was a tumble down the draft boards for Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner as the lineman thought by some to be the best in the nation makes it all the way to the Giants.

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