Our 6th and Final Mock Draft

Draft Day is a little over a day away! And it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Braylon Edwards will end up in Blue. Quick note about that: That is a very fluid situation. It could be ‘dead’ now, but could easily revive with the Giants on the clock. So much happens that we don’t know about. They could be talking right now, for all we know. What we have to do is sift through the speculation and rumors, look at history and past deals, and make educated guesses. My guess? Edwards will be a Giant. But it will probably happen after Draft Day, much like the Jeremy Shockey deal a year ago.

Now, we have our final mock draft. For this exercise, there will be no trades. I’m picking 10 players who I think would fit well with the Giants. Obviously, I think there are going to be trades. There is no way Jerry Reese can take 10 players–there is simply no room on the roster. Whether they trade up in the first round for someone like Darrius Heyward-Bey, or move up in the later rounds for a specific player, there will be trades, and the Giants will be busy on Saturday and Sunday. But because trades in the draft are so complicated and depend on what teams before them do, they are almost impossible to predict.  So without further ado, here is our final mock:

1. (29) We’ve had Kenny Britt here for weeks. And I still like him. However, he’s been shooting up draft boards. I doubt he slips to 29. He could end up in Minnesota or Baltimore.  On the flip side, Hakeem Nicks is sliding. Nicks, an Anquan Boldin-type receiver, definitely piques the Giants interest. That’s why the Giants will select Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina. He has amazing hands, as evidenced by this video. I think Nicks will quickly become a favorite target of Eli Manning.

2.(45) The Giants made a good move when they signed Michael Boley to a deal this offseason. H shores up the weakside. The strongside is still in flux. Danny Clark is nice, but not a long term answer. Clint Sintim, OLB, Virginia is. Sintim, known for his pass rushing ability, is one of the best pure strong side ‘backers in the draft. He will challenge Clark for the starting spot, and might gain it early on in the year.

2. (60) The Giants have a good secondary. Good starters. Just not enough depth, both at safety and corner. There is a guy in this draft who can play both spots, and is still developing his talent. His name is Sean Smith, CB/S, Utah. Smith, who only recently converted to defense, is 6-4, athletic, and is excellent in run support. He can start off backing up Kenny Phillips. If that’s not his best position, he can change to corner. Versatile guys like him are very valuable.

3. (91) The Giants are saying nice things publicly about Danny Ware. I like Ware. I just worry that Bradshaw and/or Ware cannot replace Derrick Ward’s product of a year ago. That’s why they should bring in competition. I like Andre Brown, RB, NC State. Brown, who can also return kicks, is a good receiver out of the backfield, and, in fact, is very similar to Ward. He’ll probably play a similar role too.

3. (100) We can never know for sure how much Antonio Pierce was affected by the Plaxico Burress shooting, but we do know his play suffered late in the season. He was especially bad in coverage. He could not keep up with quick backs, like Brian Westbrook, and opposing teams consistently exposed him. Pierce was constantly chasing instead of attacking. For all Pierce brings, he is a liability in coverage. One inside linebacker this year excels in coverage. His name is Dannell Ellerbe, ILB, Georgia. Capable of playing all three linebacker spots, Ellerbe will earn his keep on passing downs, and helping to stop Brian Westbrook and similar quick running backs.

4. (129) A lot has been made about the Giants offensive line, and rightfully so. But outside of the starting five, there is no one. Kevin Boothe was shaky filling in for Kareem McKenzie. They need someone who can play multiple positions, but won’t embarrass you. That guy is Cornelius Lewis, OL, Tennessee St. Capable of playing all line spots except center, Lewis dominated his level of competition. He has the versatility the Giants are lacking.

5. (151) A lot has been said about the kick returner spot. Domenik Hixon was great, until he was asked to start at receiver. The Giants need someone who will consistently be a returner, both kick and punt. Now this guy I want to select has some character concerns that will allow him to fall this far. His name is Brandon Tate, WR, UNC. Tate tested positive for marijuana at the Combine, which is a stupid offense. However, Tate has tremendous talent and is a tremendous return guy. And a lot of times, talent trumps character. Because the Giants have a good group of veterans, and want to win now, I think they can help Tate get his head straight

5. (164) I think more cornerback depth is needed. That’s why they will select Glover Quin, CB, New Mexico. He provides depth and is a solid special teamer.

6. (200) With the Giants filling all their needs, now is the time for sleepers, the time to take projects. I like Marquez Branson, TE, Central Arkansas. Similar in many ways to Chris Cooley, Branson could develop into a nice pass catching threat in a few years.

7. (238) Another developmental guy with the last selection. The pick will be Dudley Guice, WR, Northwestern St. Guice is a project, but at almost 6-3 and a 4.4 40, Guice has some nice tools to work with.

There you have it, our final mock. Thoughts?

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2 Responses to “Our 6th and Final Mock Draft”

  1. Jason C. says:

    There’s no way they draft three WRs, also I think the ILB will come earlier, as they are preparing for this to be Pierce’s last year and want a legit player to take over his spot, if Lauranaitis is available in the second round, don’t expect him to last past that number 45 pick. Also what makes you think the Giants are done working on the DL?? They never are!!
    I like the Sean Smith pick and think he will be able to be had around that pick.

  2. Tim says:

    I like most of this mock and if we get both clint and nicks with our first 2 id already be happy with the draft. only thing i dont like is that i dont see sean smith being available that late. ive seen this guy last 1st early 2nd in most mocks…

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