The New York Giants are one of the hardest teams in the league to figure out in this draft. That’s perhaps always the case with the team picking 32nd in the draft because so much will be based on what happens in front of them and their draft will take a dramatic twist and turn based on the direction they decide to go in the first round.
To create value for this 2012 NFL Mock draft I’m using Profootballweekly’s recently released draft value chart. For every pick I’ll even try to pick a player that is projected to go at least one section lower than where the Giants are projected to pick (for instance early 2nd round for their first round pick).
This is NOT MY IDEAL MOCK. This is just a direction I could see the Giants taking in the Draft.
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Update: Giants traded away their fifth round round pick to the Bengals for LB Keith Rivers.
1st Round Stephen Hill, WR, GA Tech
Pro Football weekly projects Stephen Hill to go early 2nd Round. I don’t think the Giants are particularly looking to draft a WR, but they have been paying close to attention to a lot of the top WRs at their prodays. The team recently lost Mario Manningham and with the emergence of Victor Cruz to play the slot the team is looking for a number two outside WR. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz will also need new pay days in the near future and and drafting an X type WR early in the draft The Giants might feel comfortable playing Cruz on the outside and hoping Jerel Jernigan can step up for the slot WR position, but I think if a talent with the immense upside of Stephen Hill is available–a WR who also blocks well that the Giants will draft him especially considering they don’t have to rely on him this year to start allowing him the time to learn how to run route that he needs.
I also wouldn’t count out Cornerback, DE, or OT.
2nd Round: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Dennard is a Late 2nd value according to Profootballweekly-I considered Mike Adams who’s also considered a late 2nd round talent, but found it hard to believe he might be available. I think that would be the pick and I don’t discount Adams in the first round even. Even though the Giants have a reputation of drafting DE early and often, the truth is more often than not it’s secondary players that they target early. I think with the re-signings of Terrell Thomas and Justin Tyron the secondary depth is solid, but there is value here in Dennard. Dennard has been tumbling since the end of the College Football season, but he’s been banged up and offers good value at he end of the second round.
3rd Round: Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia
PFW Value: Middle of fourth
The Giants are never sure about adding defensive end. The Johnson like good athletes with long arms and while Johnson isn’t an amazing athlete he’s a good athlete who has good sized arms for his size. At 6’3 268 pounds with 33.5″ long arms he’s not quite as long as the Giants prefer, but could be an option if he’s available at the end of the third round. The Giants might lose Osi Umeinyora to free agency after the 2012 N.F.L. Season and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them target a defensive early in this draft.
4th Round: Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
PFW Value: Early fifth round
The Giants have D.J. Ware on their roster who seems to never go anywhere and the Giants also drafted Da’rel Scott who them seem to like. Still it’s possible the Giants look for a running back value in the middle of the draft. The Giants target running backs on the third day and I doubt they go running back early. I imagine the Giants will be looking for a more well built study type back as Scott as the speed issue handled and they’ll rely heavily on Bradshaw, but he has a habit of being nicked up with injuries.
4th Round: Zebrie Sanders, T, Florida State
PFW Middle of fifth round
Sanders looked terrible at the Senior Bowl after having a good 2011 College Football season. Sanders has experience at RT and LT and could potentially play either position in the N.F.L. The Giants like their OL Versatile and I have a feeling that they believe they are okay at RT between James Brewer and David Diehl–so they’ll look for more of a LT type player–which Sanders is. Sanders is now under-valued I believe. A solid third round pick, but a guy who is generally mocked by fans into the second round.
5th Round: Brandon Taylor, S, LSU
PFW Early 6th round
I’ve always been impressed watching Brandon Taylor and have him as a player I’d be comfortable drafting in the fourth round. Taylor is easily one of the five best safeties in this class. Taylor has a lot of N.F.L. tools, even though he needs to improve his in ability to cover the deep half of the field. Taylor is 5’11 about 210 pounds-pretty good size for a safety and ran a 4.58 forty yard dash at the combine. Taylor has talent though and between Sash, former 3rd round pick Chad Jones (as he continues to recover from the car accident that almost paralyzed him) and Taylor the Giants should feel comfortable with their safety depth.
6th round: Audie Cole, LB, North Carolina State
PFW Early 7th round
I love Audie Cole as a player. And I can’t believe that this is his projected value. I think Cole is best suited as a 43 SAM linebacker. He lacks sideline to sideline range, but has been very good for the Wolfpack, not only making the necessary plays, but his fair share of splash plays. Long and physical, Cole could finally be the late round answer at LB the Giants have been looking for–this is usually where the Giants end up taking linebackers.
7th round: Drake Dunsmore, TE, Northwestern
I think the Giants like Martellus Bennet a lot and they’ve also specifically highlighted practice squad player Christian Hopkins. So unless a player like Dwayne Allen or Orson Charles happens to be available at the end of round two I expect them to not consider a TE until late in the draft. Dunsmore is short, almost built more like a Fullback, but is a terrific athlete for a guy a TE. Dunsmore ran a 4.64 forty yard dash, had a 6.73 3 cone drill, a 4.20 20 yard shuttle and was a top performer in all of those categories for tight ends and could fill the role that Travis Beckum had with the Giants before he tore his A.C.L, but at a much better value.
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