Giants looking TE in Draft?

With the 2002 NFL Draft only days away, it's time to take a close, hard look at which collegiate players have the best chance to become Giants this Saturday.

Each day leading up to the Draft, we'll check in on the Giants key need positions, who would be available to help the club and the odds of Big Blue spending its first-round pick on that position.

We'll start with the tight ends.

There are two big-name tight ends that Big Blue could go after in the first round: Miami's Jeremy Shockey and Daniel Graham of Colorado.

Let's take a close look at these two players. Shockey, 6-5, 255, is a junior eligible who was impressive in his only year as a starter. He's certainly more a receiver than blocker, but is viewed by many as a solid, all-around tight end.

Shockey's a skillful receiver, who has solid, dependable hands and has the speed to get up the seam. He's also an aggressive runner after the catch. Shockey showed excellent leadership abilities with Miami, something that has also impressed the Giants.

Graham won the John Mackey Award, recognizing the nation's top tight end. At 6-3, 248, he's a little smaller than ideal, but he appears to have the frame to carry more weight. While not a polished blocker, he's regarded as a better blocker than Shockey. He's also a skilled receiver, but is less consistent than Shockey.

The Giants have also had BYU's Doug Jolley (6-4, 250) and TCU's Matt Schobel (6-5, 263) in for visits, although they'd likely not spend a first-round pick on either of those players. Both players are regarded as excellent athletes, a trait that the Giants are certainly searching for.

The jury is still out on whether or not the Giants are willing to select a tight end in the first round. But with only Dan Campbell having any experience on the roster, don't be surprised if New York looks to finally add that extra dimension to the offense with a gifted receiving tight end.

Our pick: Jeremy Shockey.

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