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Final Mock Draft

Today is the holy day for some people like my self. Today is the day where franchises are built or set back years. Today is the 2012 NFL Draft. Here is my final mock draft. I have a few changes. Enjoy.

First Round: DE/OLB Andre Branch

My previous pick I had the Giants taking G/C Peter Konz from Wisconsin. I have been hearing Branch’s name lately, and it seems the Giants like Branch. He has tremendous upside, and honestly, he reminds me a bit of DE Jason Pierre-Paul. Not saying he’ll be anything like him, but I see some of the same qualities in Branch that I did in Pierre-Paul when the Giants took him in 2010 with their first round pick. Like Pierre-Paul, he’s raw coming out of college. He’s also very explosive and can get off the ball quickly. He has rare speed and can be versatile. He could be used as an outside linebacker and be a type of “joker” player, too. DC Perry Fewell loves versatility and different matuch-ups to throw at offenses. Branch will be another added weapon. The pick also allows Branch to be groomed for a year, similar to like how Pierre-Paul was and then next year, when DE Osi Umenyiora is likely gone, it allows Branch to play then when he’s more NFL ready. I like Branch a ton. The Giants might even be able to trade down a bit to the early second, pick up another pick and then take Branch.

I like RB Doug Martin here, but many scouts have said the value to take another running back besides RB Trent Richardson in the first round just isn’t there. The drop off from Richardson is to big. You can get a back in the third or fourth round that will likely contribute enough to warrant the pick then as opposed to taking one so early. Don’t forget, Giants GM Jerry Reese has had success plucking backs out of later rounds (i.e. Bradshaw) and hasn’t drafted a running back in the first round in his tenure yet as the Giants GM. if CB Dre Kirkpatrick falls, he’ll be the pick, I’ve seen – and heard – reports of him falling, which is why the Giants think they can be in play with him at 32, but I still don’t know if he falls that far. I do think Janoris Jenkins gets drafted before him, but I still think a team in the mid to high twenties will bite on him if he’s still on the board. I originally had Kirkpatrick to the Giants but switched to Branch. Stick with my gut? Maybe. Who knows. But the Giants do love him a lot. They like Dont’a Hightower a ton, too, but he won’t fall to them. There is no way he makes it past the Steelers and the Ravens.

OT Jonathan Martin is a possibility, as is Konz, but the value might not be there either. If Martin is off the board, the value in taking an OL at 32 is just not there. You can get a guy in the second or third and get better value at those spots then at 32.

Previous Selection:  C/G Peter Konz, Wisconsin

Second Round: TE Dwayne Allen

While many people think the Giants will take TE Coby Fleener in the first round, here’s a name worth remembering. Allen has the Giants interest and for good reason. Allen is a solid athlete with good hands and is a solid blocker. Everything TE Coach Mike Pope asks for. Allen lacks the elite speed to be a top tight end, but since when do the Giants use a tight end that way anyways? Allen would be a great pick.

Don’t rule out Boykin, who I had them taking in my first mock draft. I heard the Giants like him, but I still think Allen is a better fit for them. They need another tight end, and Allen could very well be there guy.

Previous Selection: CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia

Third Round: RB Robert Turbin

I’m very high on Turbin. I think he can be a perfect spell back for RB Ahmad Bradshaw. Has good speed and will run you right over. Like I said last week: He has the ability to replace and be an upgrade over former RB Brandon Jacobs.

Previous Selection: RB, Robert Turbin, Utah State

Fourth Round: CB Omar Bolden and WR Marvin Jones

In my previous draft I had the Giants taking Bolden, but not Jones. The Giants brought both Jones and Bolden in for visits. Jones is technically sound wide out and will stretch the field. Could become a ‘Z’ receiver, which is what the Giants are covering right now. He can come in right away and compete. Reminds me of a less version of Mike Wallace if he pans out. Who knows, he just might.

Previous Selections: CB Omar Bolden, ASU & DE Jake Bequette, Arkansas

Sixth Round: Danny Trevathan

I really like Kentucky LB Danny Trevathan a lot. He reminds me of Greg Jones from last year. Very productive in college. Trevathan can fly side line to side line. He was also brought in for a visit. Wouldn’t shock me if they took him.

Previous Selection: Danny Trevathan, OLB, Kentucky

Seventh Round: WR Cody Pearcy

The Giants were probably hoping this gem would be an UDFA, however, his stock is rising. The Giants sent a scout, the great Joe Collins in-fact who loved his workout. His jaw dropped when he saw his short-shuttle. Here’s the clip, actually. Go to about 3 minuets. You see Collins’ jaw drop. If the Giants want Pearcy, like I think they do, they’ll have to probably draft him. With his 4.31 speed, I wonder if he can help in the return game, too. He can be a solid gunner on special teams, too.

Previous Selection: TE James Hanna, Oklahoma

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