It’s time for our weekly New York Giants mock draft segment. I’ll take a look at some of the newest (or at least unexplored) mock drafts around the web to see what other people think the New York Giants should do with their first round pick. If I don’t like the pick, made by the “mocker” I will write “better pick”, if I like the pick I might just offer up an “alternate pick”. One of the picks made was the perfect pick and thus left alone.
NFL mocks’ Reggie’s Mock (our newest mock. 3 rounds deep)
1st round pick 13 Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
The big problem I have with this mock is that the Giants are picking 13. C’mon man! Well, it’s possible that the Giants could be picking 13th this year if they continue to play the way they just played vs the Washington Redskins. (Who are quickly playing themselves out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes). Reggie must be reading what I wrote about the Giants positional needs . That is with the possible FA departures of Terrell Thomas and Aaron Ross, Cornerback is the biggest need for the Giants.
Alternate pick: Riley Reiff, T, Iowa
Reiff’s stock is EVERYWHERE. I’ve seen him in the top 10 and the third round. I’m of the belief he’s closer to the top 10. I offer up this as an alternate pick based on how the Giants offensive line played the other day. Will Beatty wasn’t bad, and I still believe he can be the present at future at LT. Also, keep in mind that the Giants as a whole have shown that they don’t like to spend high draft picks on OT and linebackers.
Walterfootball: 1st round pick 16 (Walt Cherepinsky’s mock)
Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
Thompson is one of those fast-risers, but he hasn’t shown enough for me to warrant a first round selection. I’ll be watching more closely moving forward. Now, I understand the selection of DT. The Giants like to accumulate talent at the DT spot and right now they aren’t that deep at the position. Linval Joseph and Chris Canty are mainstays. Marvin Austin was IR, and Rocky Bernard isn’t that good. DT is a possibility in the first two rounds, but this class of DT is underwhelming for me and I’m not touching one in the first round.
Better pick: Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A and M
I like Fuller. I also believe the Giants should explore the possibility of adding another play maker to the offensive side of the ball. There is no TE worthy of a first round pick (that has yet emerged). Fuller has excellent size and could be the player the Giants hoped Ramses Barden coul be (though Barden still has time to prove he’s worthy of that selection).
Walterfootball: 1st round pick 22, Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma (Greg Cox Mock)
Travis Lewis is an excellent linebacker prospect who has the ability and flexibility to play all three linebacker spots, though he’ll most likely play on the outside in the 43 for the Giants. Lewis can do it all, blitz, play the run, and is pretty good vs the pass. He doesn’t have ideal size, but I think he plays bigger than his size.
Alternate pick: Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
New England Patriots Draft
1st round pick 15: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
With this pick the Giants grab a cornerback, which to me continues to be their number one need for the 2012 N.F.L. draft. They also get arguably the best cornerback in this draft. Kirkpatrick hasn’t been quite as good as he was last year this year, but I have no doubts he’ll turn it around. It seems unlikely that Kirkpatrick would fall this far, but that’s what everyone thought about Prince Amukamara and look where he is now. (Gmen!!)
Better pick: None
Well done. Well done.
Draft Countdown: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College (older mock)
Kuechly is a productive linebacker. He had 183 tackles in 2010. A tackling machine. Ideally suited top play inside in the 34.
Better pick: Michael Floyd, WR, Norte Dame
Floyd is talented, but kind of a knucklhead. If you are noticing a pattern here, I’m trying to get the Giants the pieces to have a more effective passing offense and defense. Even last year when the Giants had a very productive passing attack, they still had many small issues in the passing game with tipped passes, wrong routes and things of that nature. Now with Steve Smith gone no one has stepped up to be the number three WR and the Giants have recently signed veteran WR Brandon Stokley. Also, the way the mocks have played out in the other mock drafts have left little options to go in a different route. This year’s WR class is strong and that’s where the value lies in the middle of the draft, to me.
Who are some of your New York Giants first round targets?
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