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Which Giants needs could impact 49ers in the NFL Draft?

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The Giants have the second pick in the NFL Draft. Do the 49ers need to worry about losing a big need to them?

There are at least seven teams and eight picks before the San Francisco 49ers get around to selecting (potentially more if they lose the coin flip against the Oakland Raiders), and we’re going to go through those teams, looking at their needs and how they can impact the 49ers on draft day.

Today, we’re taking a look at the New York Giants, who have the No. 2 overall pick after finishing the season with a 3-13 record. The Giants were a huge mess last year, with the hilarious move of benching Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith of all people. But the Giants quickly worked to repair that relationship with Manning.

New York Giants (3-13)

Biggest need: OT

Need that could impact 49ers: OG

Other needs: QB, RB, OLB

The three best offensive linemen on the Giants’ roster are Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg and D.J. Fluker. All of them, as it happens, are free agents. The Giants need help all over the offensive line, but more than anything, they need a starting left tackle. That’s a tall order, but they didn’t have even a mediocre one last year. They need help there more than anything.

San Francisco isn’t really in the market for a left tackle, but they could be looking for a guard, so I’ve marked that as the need that impact the 49ers. The Giants need to cover three starting spots next season, and the 49ers don’t have a ton going on at either guard spot, especially on the left side.

Presumably, Joshua Garnett is going to play there, but he’s a product of a different general manager and didn’t play at all last year due to injuries. It’s not a stretch to think the 49ers could be targeting the position early in the NFL Draft.

Despite what happened with Manning, the Giants still need to think about the future of the position. It’s not Smith, and it’s probably not Davis Webb. The Giants could easily be looking for a quarterback at No. 2 overall. That said, the Giants are considered one of the more likely teams to trade down to let another team get said quarterback.

They are also in the market for a starting running back. They can probably get one outside of the first round, but Saquon Barkley is surely enticing. This is another position that could overlap with the 49ers depending on what happens with Carlos Hyde.