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New York Giants: Five Potential Draft Targets at Senior Bowl

Five Players Who Might Fill Needs for the 2014 Giants

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COMMENTARY | The 2014 Senior Bowl will be held Saturday (4 p.m. ET, NFL Network). NFL talent evaluators have been busy this week getting first-hand looks at 2014 NFL Draft prospects. Here are five players at the Senior Bowl who could fill needs for the New York Giants.

1. Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame -- Played left tackle for the Fighting Irish. There is some question about whether or not Martin can play tackle at the NFL level or will have to move inside to guard. Scouts in attendance have raved about the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Martin. Right now he is probably a Day 2 pick, but keep an eye on him throughout the draft process.

2. Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia -- The Giants used six different running backs as starters in 2013, and had one of the worst rushing attacks in the league. David Wilson just had neck surgery. Brandon Jacobs retired. Andre Brown is a free agent. Peyton Hillis is, well, Peyton Hillis. Sims, 6-feet, 213 pounds, has shown the ability to pass protect, catch the ball and run between the tackles -- all of which are things Tom Coughlin has always wanted from his running backs. His skill set has drawn comparisons to Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears. He appears to be a Day 2 selection.

3. Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado State -- The offensive line was a mess for the Giants in 2013, and both owner John Mara and head coach Tom Coughlin have said fixing it is the team's top 2014 priority. Starting center David Baas could be let go in a salary-cap move, backup Jim Cordle is not the long-term answer and Kevin Boothe is an unrestricted free agent. Richburg, 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, has impressed scouts with his quickness and technique during Senior Bowl practices. He look like a third- or fourth-round selection at this point.

4. Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia -- The Giants did not get the production they wanted from tight end Brandon Myers in 2013. They have two young tight ends in Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell. Lynch is a well-rounded tight end who can both block and catch. He is a third- or fourth-round pick as of now.

5. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska -- The Giants have one quality cornerback from Nebraska in Prince Amukamara. Could they add another one? Other than Amukamara the Giants have lots of questions at corner entering 2014. Bucky Brooks of calls the 6-2, 215-pound Jean-Baptiste the ""kind of long, rangy defender that NFL scouts are coveting in the wake of the Seattle Seahawks' success this season."

-- Ed Valentine is editor of Big Blue View, covering the New York Giants for SB Nation. He writes about the Giants and Yankees for Yahoo Contributor Network.

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