New York Giants: 5 Potential Targets On Day 2 Of 2015 NFL Draft

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Danielle Hunter, Defensive End, LSU

Feb. 10, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; LSU Tigers defensive end Danielle Hunter during training at EXOS gym in preparation for the NFL combine and draft. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Tom Coughlin alluded to one of the Giants’ goals during the draft was to improve the lines. They accomplished that in the first round on the offensive side, so it would make sense to look then on the defensive side of the ball. While Hunter is not a polished pass rusher currently, he has the potential to be one with his size and athleticism.

He has excellent speed for the defensive end position, and possesses one of the most important things when watching him on tape; his speed can be generated into power. This is the most important pass rushing trait according to Todd McShay, so the makings are there for Hunter to become a strong pass rusher with good coaching.

Where he could carve out a niche initially with the Giants is in run defense. Right now he is more comfortable playing against the run than the pass, something the Giants could use after being the worst run defense in the NFL last season. His best fit right now is on the right side of the line, where Pierre-Paul currently resides. There wouldn’t be a much better guy to learn from for a rookie than Pierre-Paul, who has become a well-rounded defensive end, playing against the run in addition to being a vaunted pass rusher.

He also works out hard, and gives his all while on the field. He is the type of guy the Giants would love to get their hands on as he has the physical abilities to be a great player, he just needs to be coached up. The Giants will also love the motor he brings, as he full of energy, toughness and effort; three things Coughlin demands from his players.

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