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Our Fourth Giants Mock Draft

Draft time is two weeks away. Can you feel the excitement? Quick note about the mocks: A lot of this could change if the Giants trade for a receiver. The whole draft would be shifted. But, until there is a trade, we will operate with the current roster.

1. (29) We can say this until we’re blue in the face, but the Giants need a legit number one receiver. There really isn’t one on the roster right now. Problem is, outside of Michael Crabtree, there isn’t an immediate impact player. Sure, two or three years from now a bunch of these guys could be stars. But if the Giants want to get back to the playoffs and be successful, they need a number one target. That’s why I truly believe they will trade for either Braylon Edwards, Anquan Boldin, or Chad Ocho Cinco, or sign Torry Holt. But since they aren’t on the roster (yet), the Giants are forced to pick Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers. He really has the whole package. Size, speed, hands. He does need to work on route running, but with proper NFL coaching, that should come to him. He has the chance to at least contribute on Day 1, and be a starter for years to come.

2. (45) The Giants don’t have a ton of needs, which makes mocking that much harder. However, Antonio Pierce is getting up there in age. He might have two years left in him. The Giants need a replacement. That replacement is James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio St. There’s an off chance that he falls here. But, last year Dan Connor fell to the third round. Inside linebackers can be found in all rounds, and gems are found in the later rounds. Laurinaitis could probably start for the G-Men. However, he can learn the defense, contribute on special teams, and sub in for Pierce when needed.

2. (60). I happen to be a big fan of Kevin Boss. I think he has the potential to be one of the better tight ends in the league. But, beyond Boss, there is little depth. Michael Matthews is really more of a blocker, and Darcy Johnson is too unpolished. The Giants need someone who can take pressure off Boss as the only tight end. That person is Shawn Nelson, TE, Southern Miss. At 6-5, he has the potential to be a true red-zone target. He also has the potential to stretch the seam and become a vertical threat.

3. (91) Kareem Mackenzie is getting up there in age, and his back is worrisome. The Giants need someone other than Kevin Boothe to fill in. I like Gerald Cadogan, OT, Penn St. Cadogan fits the mold of a mauling right tackle. He’s probably not ready now. But, he can play on special teams, and replace Mackenzie when the time comes.

3. (100) The Giants only have 3 safeties on the roster who I would feel comfortable putting in: Michael Johnson, Kenny Phillips, and CC Brown. Depth is sorely needed. I really like Patrick Chung, S, Oregon. A playmaker who excels on special teams, Chung is good in coverage and in run support. He provides much needed depth.

4. (129) The Giants don’t really have a strongside linebacker of the future. They’re good for now, with Danny Clark, Bryan Kehl, Chase Blackburn, and Johnathan Goff. But, are any of those guys going to be starters for a long time? I’m not sure. That’s why I really like Lee Robinson, LB, Alcorn State. Capable of playing all three linebacker positions, Robinson dominated at the FCS level. A terrific athlete who won multiple track titles as a high schooler in Mississippi, Robinson is truly a diamond in the rough. He has sideline-to-sideline range, has good ball skills, and get read defenses very well. In two or three years, Robinson will be a fixture at linebacker for the Giants.

5. (151). The Giants don’t really have a returner. Domenik Hixon was great before being moved in to the starting lineup, where he’ll likely stay. The need someone who can focus solely on returning. That guy is Mike Thomas, WR, Arizona. Although short, he runs a 4.4 40, is impossible to tackle in space, and was 1st team all Pac-10 in punt returns. He’s cut from the same cloth as Santana Moss. He has the potential to be an impact wideout, but, for now he’ll help in the return game.

5 (164). It’s always nice to have depth at corner. A guy who can provide that is Chris Owens, CB, San Jose St. He has excellent instincts, and excels at jumping routes. He also could make the switch to safety easier for Terrell Thomas.

6.(200) Jerry Reese loves to say you can never have enough pass rushers. And while the G-Men really stocked up on the line during the offseason, it can’t hurt to have more. They will select Brandon Williams, DE, Texas Tech. A junior who led the Big 12 in sacks with 11, Williams has the potential to succeed as a situational pass rusher.

7. (238). We say this every week, but the Giants need a punter. That guy is Kevin Huber, P, Cincinnati. While probably tickteted for the practice squad, Huber will eventually replace the ageless Jeff Feagles.

There you have it. Thoughts?


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One Response to “Our Fourth Giants Mock Draft”

  1. I don’t know if you read my last mock, but I think the pass rusher they should take a flyer on in the sixth round is

    DE Nick Reed out of Oregon.

    He is just a football player.

    He has average measurables, (6-2, 255) to below average measurables. his 40 is probably about a 5.0 flat, he has little athletic ability, but he just can play, man.

    I don’t know how to explain it.

    He played at Oregon (in the Pac 10, not a terrible conference)

    And he had 12 sacks in 2007

    He had 10 sacks in his first nine games in 2008

    He had 13 sacks last year (plus 20! Tackles for Loss) and 12 QB hurries.

    A gamer. IF his production does translate he could be a steal.

    I like James Casey out of Rice more because neither Nelson or Casey can block exceptionally

    But casey has tremendous flexibilty as a reciever. But I do agree we need a pass catching Tight End.

    I think Chung will go early in the 2nd round, but it’d be awesome if he was there.-Third Rounder might be Chip Vaughn of Wake Forest Or Chris Clemons, out of Clemson (who can motor: 4.41 40)

    I like MIke Thomas, but like I said I’d rather move a 5th rounder for Roscoe Parrish who we know can return.

    All in all Good.

    Thoughts?

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