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Mehta: Five players for Giants to watch at Senior Bowl

Manish Mehta

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:34 PM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller could be the solution to the Giants' overdependence on Odell Beckham.Brynn Anderson/AP

MOBILE, Ala – Saturday’s Senior Bowl could give the Giants an early glimpse into their future.

With the NFL draft three months away, there are several players in Mobile this weekend worth looking into.

Eastern Kentucky DE/OLB Noah Spence

Investing in Spence isn’t for the faint of heart. Although 6-3, 261-pounder is one of the most explosive prospects in the draft, there are fair character concerns that shouldn’t be easily dismissed. Spence was kicked off Ohio State in 2014 after a pair of failed drug tests. He was arrested for public intoxication last summer, but claims his off-field transgressions are a thing of the past. He had 11 ½ sacks and 22 ½ tackles for loss for Eastern Kentucky last season. He’s a special talent, but can he be trusted? The Giants need to get more consistent heat off the edge. Spence might be worth the risk.

Boise State S Darian Thompson

No amount of offensive wizardry from Ben McAdoo will matter if the Giants don’t markedly upgrade their secondary. The 6-2, 212-pound Thompson might be the best free safety in the draft. He has a solid instincts and a play-making bent (19 career interceptions) that would infuse a horrific unit from a year ago.

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller

It’s never a bad idea to give Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. a little bit of help. Miller showed plenty of promise in his first year transitioning from quarterback. He might be the best athlete in the draft. McAdoo & Co. could use an explosive second pass-catching option. Miller has been impressive in practice in one-on-one drills. He’s a work in progress in the slot, but his ceiling is outrageous.

Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge

The former Big Ten star has had his fair share of struggles getting consistent separation in one-on-one drills, but his history of making contested catches makes him an intriguing option for a team looking to give Beckham some help. The 6-1, 194-pound Burbridge must prove he could be a mid-round contributor.

Duke S Jeremy Cash

The versatile 6-2, 210-pound All-America had a ridiculous 18 tackles for loss last season. His coverage skills, run support prowess and ability to rush would be a welcomed addition to the Giants’ porous defense.

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