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Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) during the first half against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants #12 NFL Draft Pick: Who Would I Take?

My rundown through the entire first round of the NFL draft continues as I examine the New York Giants who hold the #12 pick in the first round.

The Pick:  Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

Coaches always say they want their blockers to be physical, nasty and smart up front.  Taylor Lewan embodies those traits coming out of Michigan.  He isn’t the greatest athlete at the left tackle position but he’s much better than people realize, as evidenced by his solid scouting combine.  He has the size and length to handle the best pass rushers and a mean disposition that makes him a force on the ground.  Experience has helped him hone his technique in both areas, making him not only one of the most talented but most polished blockers in the 2014 class.

Why:  Lewan is very near the same level as Jake Matthews

It’s not every day that a team gets a chance to land a legitimate left tackle that could hold down the position for a decade with the 12th pick in the NFL draft.  Thanks to the presence of some very good talent at the top, including some intriguing quarterbacks, Lewan could be left outside the top ten thanks to the presence of Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews.  The talent gap between the three of them is not very big though Lewan does have bouts of losing his temper that result in dumb penalties.  The fact is he’s too good  a player at too important a position to pass on.

Argument:  C.J. Mosley could do a lot next to Jon Beason

There is no doubting the New York GIants offense needs attention but so does the defense.  They’ve gotten by over the past few seasons on good-but-not-great players and have paid the price.  Their linebackers and secondary are in special need of an upgrade, specifically in speed and athleticism.  Their first hope is to hang on to Jon Beason, a linebacker acquired by trade who vastly helped an otherwise pitiful unit midway through last season.  Aside from that, the best thing they could do is give him some help.  C.J. Mosley, the smart, athletic, instinctive linebacker out of Alabama would make a perfect wingman and give the G-Men an excellent tandem who work well in coverage and against the run.

Counter-argument:  Eli Manning drives the success of the Giants

It’s certainly a nice idea right up until one recalls that Eli Manning was sacked 39 times in 2013.  That number might not sound overwhelming but it must be taken into account how many the savvy veteran was able to avoid thanks to his quick decision-making and pocket presence.  Having so much heat in his face was a primary reason Manning threw 27 interceptions, a career high.  One thing that has been proven for the New York Giants is that they have their greatest chances to win when Eli is protected and also is able to use a steady ground attack.  That comes with getting better in the trenches.  Adding a franchise left tackle is a great place to start.

That is why I would take Taylor Lewan if I were in charge.  What are your thoughts?

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  • Graniterlm

    I wouldn’t want the Giants to pick up a right tackle. Pugh started to play very well after he settled in. A left tackle like Lewan would be nice but we already have Beatty who should bounce back this year and is making starting left tackle money. We could slide him inside to guard and slide Boothe to center. Mosley or Brewer could compete for the right guard spot. This sounds like it would make for a solid offensive line for the net 5 or 6 years but with the depth in this years draft I think they can get similar results without having to use the no12 pick in the draft. If Lewan is a lock to be a pro bowl tackle for at least 6 or 7 seasons then go for it. If not I think we should pick up CJ Mosley or a shut down corner if there is one available. I dont want to see them pick Ebron at no. 12 as he is more of a hybrid TE that doesnt fit our offense. We could get a Martellus Bennet type blocking TE who has the abilty to run routes and make sme good catches in the 3rd-5th round. How far along is Adrien Robinson coming along? Reese called him the JPP of tight ends but have yet to see him get on the field

  • Graniterlm

    We need to resign Beason or a top tier MLB that can quarterback the defense. I know Beason was a little bit of a liability in the passing game but he knew how to run the defense and he made everyone else better, especially Tuck who got a chance to go back to being himself. Tuck is not a Captain. He is a quiet hard working trench guy that seemed to fall off when he was forced be the defensive captain. Some guys can handle it(like Beason) and some cant. Im not trying to bag on Tuck because he was made into defensive captain by default. The Giants never found a replacement for Antonio Pierce until Beason. Blackburn was a decent fill in during our last SB run but its crazy how badly he was treated on the message boards by so called Giants fans. He went from bagging groceries to helping the Giants win a superbowl within like 3 months. All in all we need to sign Beason and Bolster the defense back up so we can have a shot to win another Superbowl before Eli retires