NYSK Mock Draft: New York Giants Final Mock
The NFL Draft is a mere days away, can you believe it? It feels like an eternity since talks began about who was going number one overall, or who was impressive at the Senior Bowl. The Giants are an interesting team in this draft, what position would be most beneficial? Is it best available, or best player at a position of need? Is that need on the offensive line, or possible in the defensive trenches? In the days leading up to the draft, one name is starting to be connected to the G-Men over and over. Zach Martin the offensive tackle out of Notre Dame is hearing his name an awful lot as of late. Not so fast however, Aaron Donald has been the name for quite some time that experts have attatched to Big Blue. Which one do I think the Giants will go wit, well lets just jump right into it.
Round 1, Pick 12: Aaron Donald – DT Pittsburgh
While i can appreciate the importance, and need of a quality offensive tackle for New York. General Manager Jerry Reese is still calling the shots and it’s no secret he puts a premium on dominating defensive lineman. That is exactly what Donald is, a big dominating atheltic tackle that can impose his will on an interior offensive lineman. Donald won the Outland, Broko Nagurski, Rotary Lombardi, and Chuck Bednarik awards as the best defensive player in the nation this past collegiate season, and that was no mistake. As a defensive tackle Donald racked up 59 tackles, 28.5 of the were for a loss with four forced fumbles. This guy is a beast, New York would be wise not to pass this guy up, there are comparable offensive tackles in the second round to Zach Martin. There may be just one Aaron Donald.
Round 2, Pick 43 JuWuan James – OT Tenessee
Anytime you play in the SEC it only comes as a benefit to a player moving forward. Add in the fact James did more than an admirable job, with a ceiling as high as any of the top three or four in the first round. Does James need a little work and a little coaching from the incoming coaching staff? Yes. Which is why he drops to the second round, he’s far from a polished product. What he is though, is a guy with good character, and a solid work ethic. Look for James to not just make the starting lineup, but become an immediate upgrade for a porous Giants line from a season ago.
Round 3, Pick 74: Bishop Sankey – RB Washington
This Draft has played out perfectly to this point! With a running back like Sankey looking New York in the face in the third round, the Giants shouldn’t wait long before making this pick. Sankey was very productive in his two seasons as the feature back for the Huskies. The Giants brought in Rashad Jennings this off-season, but you can go in with one back as David Wilson has proven less than reliable. In two seasons Sankey posted 3,309 yards, 5.4 yards per carry and 36 touchdowns. Bringing in him to learn from a proven runner in Jennings, and compete with Wilson for the backup. It’s a win-win even if Wilson gets out of the coach’s doghouse and beats out Sankey. Now you’re set at running back for the foreseeable future.
Round 4. Pick 113: Cyril Richardson- G/OT Baylor
Why not take this opportunity to double-dip in a deep offensive line draft class? Richardson is a guy that you can move inside if need be, and let’s face it the Giants line needs something. Former general manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian recently stated “if you can get three or four starters from the draft then it was successful draft”. While Sankey may not come in and become a starter Cyril Richardson most certainly can do just that.
Round 5, Pick 152: Lamin Barrow – ILB LSU
The Giants made a commitment to Jon Beason this offseason, but what’s a little insurance? Barrow is a strong competitor from the Southeastern Conference. Barrow is a high energy, high motor guy with good instincts in diagnosing plays. He does need a bit of work in both the run and passing game, but the potential to be an impact player is evident from his drastic improvement from his junior to senior season.
Round 5, Pick 174: Chris Davis – CB Auburn
Sure the Giants may have a formidable secondary, but in this day and age can you ever really have too many cover guys? The NFL has shifted to a passing league, and in doing so it forces teams to cover more than just two guys. The nickel position is a important as the guys covering on the outside. Davis is a quality athlete who can contribute on special teams as well as the nickel role. Besides being slightly undersized, the biggest knock on him is he may be a tad over aggressive when jumping routes. Something that can be coached and toned down.
Round 6, pick 187: Cassius Marsh – DE UCLA
At the end of the day this is still the Giants, they love and put a premium on guys who can rush the passer. Marsh has quick feet and uses his hands really well. Problem is his frame isn’t quite what most NFl teams would like to see. You can rest assured the Big Blue coaching staff will have Marsh in the weight room putting some muscle onto that frame.
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Sports-Kings New York contributor – Ryan Alexander