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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Giants projected to take first inside linebacker

In the latest SB Nation mock draft, the New York Giants shore up their defense by selecting Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown.

Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

Just one year after the winning the Super Bowl, the New York Giants were on the outside of the playoffs looking in, due mostly to a defense that allowed the second most yardage in the NFL. With the No. 28 ranked pass defense and No. 25 ranked rush defense, the Giants need upgrades throughout and one way they can make changes is by supplying some new talent to the center of the defense.

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In the latest joint mock draft from SB Nation's Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn, released on Monday, the Giants do exactly that, taking the first middle linebacker off the board with the No. 19 selection: Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown. However, not everyone agrees that Brown is the top at his position:

With pending free agents at the linebacker position, the Giants could soon be in the market for multiple players at the position. Arthur Brown is considered by some to be undersized, but there isn't a linebacker in this class who plays the run as well as he does. He gets off blocks with ease and is just as effective in coverage. New York would be lucky to have him.

The next interior linebacker off the board was eight selections later in the mock draft, when the Houston Texans selected LSU's Kevin Minter and five picks later the defending Super Bowl Champion-Baltimore Ravens selected Notre Dame's Manti Te'o.

Brown finished his senior season at K-State with 100 tackles, two interceptions, a sack and seven tackles for loss.