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Now that resident TGI Draft expert Jim Sabo has weighed in, it's time for the rest of us to take a stab at who will be the pick in round one. Here goes…

Kevin Gleason – Everyone knows defensive tackle and linebacker are the Giants' two pressing needs entering the draft. But the man who fits the team's profile is Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter, who missed OSU's win over Notre Dame with a broken right leg suffered seven weeks earlier against Michigan. Carpenter can play any linebacker spot, has good size (6-2, 255) and speed and covers well. And he has that quality that will win big points with Tom Coughlin: Carpenter has a great work ethic.

Keith Idec – With injury, inconsistency and other concerns surrounding William Joseph and Kendrick Clancy in Arizona, Ernie Accorsi must address the interior of the defensive line. Overpaid Fred Robbins and underappreciated Kenderick Allen have had their moments, but the Giants need long-term solutions at this position. LSU DT Claude Wroten was a consistent penetrator in the SEC, and although he needs to add a little weight (6-2, 295), he should be a solid run-stuffer, too.

Paul Schwartz – The Giants have to hope Iowa LB Chad Greenway drops to them. If he does, snatch him up. Greenway is the sort of rangy, run-and-hit linebacker who can make plays and would be a perfect complement to Antonio Pierce. The rep on Greenway is he's a great kid, a great special teams player and has great character, plus he can get to the quarterback. This is a position of need and Greenway fills that need.

John Altavilla – And with the 25th pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Giants select…OLB Chad Greenway, Iowa. Just a hunch – what else is there to do before the draft – that the Giants have filled their quota of cornerbacks through free agency and are reasonably happy with their depth at defensive tackle, despite the departure of Kendrick Clancy to the Cardinals. Greenway, who had reconstructive knee surgery in 2001, impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl with his superior sideline-to-sideline skill. He left Iowa a three-time All-Big 10 player who was fifth all-time in tackles (416) with seven sacks and four interceptions.

Ken Palmer – Considering everyone and their brother thinks the Giants are going to draft a linebacker in round one that means one thing is certain – don't expect to see an LB at number 25. That said, we're definitely not rushing Tiki Barber out the door, but with all his future endeavors lined up, he can't be long for the daily pounding of the NFL. The Giants obviously do not have his replacement on board yet. That will all change on draft day when Ernie Accorsi and Co. roll the dice on another Big Ten running back – Minnesota's Laurence Maroney. All the junior eligible did was average just shy of six yards a carry in the rugged Big Ten…and did we mention that he didn't even fumble once during his three years as a Gopher. Maroney's the pick.

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