Giants Mock Draft: Rounds 1-3

Anthony Barr | UCLA

With the 2014 NFL draft fast approaching, the Giants Beat managing editor Rick Laughland predicts who the Giants will select with their first three picks.

New York Giants Mock Draft: Round 1-3

Round 1, No. 12 overall, OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

Aside from the performance of Jon Beason, linebacker play was a major Achilles heel for the Giants defense in 2013. Barr is an exceptional athlete who played running back, wide receiver and tight end during his first two seasons at UCLA. A versatile pass rusher with exceptional sideline to sideline quickness, the former Bruin has the potential to challenge incumbent starter Spencer Paysinger during training camp. If he falls outside the top ten, Barr is a no-brainer for Big Blue and fills a major area of weakness for Tom Coughlin and company.

Round 2, No. 43 overall, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

At 6-foot-6 and 266 pounds, the former Washington Huskie standout is a physical specimen who could become one of the NFL's top tight ends if he refines his route running mechanics. Eli Manning desperately missed a security blanket last season and with the departure of Brandon Myers, Serafin-Jenkins presents a matchup nightmare for any secondary to contend with.

Round 3, No. 74 overall, WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers

With Hakeem Nicks joining the Indianapolis Colts during free agency, New York is in search of possession receivers who can make an impact inside the red zone and Coleman could be just what the doctor ordered. The Scarlet Knights star finished second in school history with 19 career touchdowns, plus with outstanding size and stature he provides a big target for Manning in goal-to-go situations.

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