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Giants still need CB help, could look at Vernon Hargreaves in draft

The New York Giants had free-agent cornerback Jerraud Powers in for a visit late last week. He left without signing a contract, which doesn't rule out the possibility of him joining the Giants but also doesn't indicate their interest is all that intense. If this were a guy they really wanted, it's doubtful they'd have let him leave and look elsewhere.

Powers' visit brought to light a still-significant area of need for the Giants. Just because they signed cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a monster contract on the first day of free agency doesn't mean they don't still need help at the position. Jenkins is slated to start along with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but the only other corners on the roster at the present time are Trevin Wade, Leon McFadden and Tramain Jacobs.

No offense to any of those guys, but you need to bring more than five corners to camp and it wouldn't hurt to add a bit more experience to the mix. It's possible someone from that group could emerge to play the nickel position, but it's more likely that help comes from the outside.

The Giants have the No. 10 pick in the NFL draft later this month, and if Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves is there at that spot, I'd expect them to take a hard look at drafting him. Most projections show Hargreaves going earlier, though, and if that's the case the Giants aren't likely to address the position at No. 10.

That means free agency, if they're looking to add a potential 2016 starter to the mix, and that means guys like Powers, Sterling Moore and Leon Hall at this point. Since the position they have to offer is that nickel one and they're obviously done with the major spends for this offseason, any veteran they sign would have to be OK with a little bit of a lesser role and salary than he likely expected when free agency began. It can take time to find a match under those circumstances, but the Powers visit indicates that the Giants plan to add someone at some point.

Hargreaves is probably too much to hope for, though if the Giants did land him they'd be getting an eventual starter on the outside who could succeed Rodgers-Cromartie as early as 2017. They're more likely going to have to content themselves with someone who's played on the outside and can handle it in a pinch but is willing to play on the inside in the meantime.