It’s been over a month since I last did a mock draft for the New York Giants, and with the draft starting next Thursday, what better time to release my latest addition.
I recently created a full first round mock draft for every team which you can read and see HERE, but for this article, again, we will only be talking about Big Blue.
Since the last time we spoke, New York added a few pieces in free agency. They re-signed linebacker Jasper Brinkley, signed linebacker Kelvin Sheppard from Miami, offensive linemen Byron Stingily, Ryan Seymour, and Dillon Farrell, fullback Will Johnson, and re-signed kicker Josh Brown.
Only Brinkley and Sheppard are pieces that could stick around, and unless some of the linemen really break out, they might just be camp bodies and depth.
Using FanSpeak’s On The Clock Mock Draft Simulator, and Walterfootball.com’s updated big board (4/18/16), we take another shot at playing the role of Jerry Reese, the team’s General Manager. If you want to read what I think about him (hint, it’s not good) click here. I wrote that opinion piece for a class.
But before we get started, I wanted to address that last week, the Los Angeles Rams moved from the No. 15 spot to No.1 and will likely take a QB (Carson Wentz or Jared Goff). Cleveland at No. 2 could take the leftover QB or try and move down. The more quarterbacks that go in the nine picks only helps the Giants get a stud prospect that they covet.
But, without further ado, let’s get started:
Round 1 Pick 10: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
I went with Stanley here in round one to finish off the offensive line. Many speculate that he is better suited for left tackle than right tackle where the Giants need him because he is a better pass protector than run blocker. But, without shifting last year’s first rounder Ereck Flowers to the right side instead, which the Giants said they aren’t going to do, they still do get a starter with the No. 10 overall selection, something possibly cornerback Vernon Hargreaves couldn’t say. I almost chose outside linebacker/rush linebacker/defensive end Leonard Floyd who has picked up steam and could be a real possibility for Reese, but I feel more comfortable taking an offensive lineman. Plus, the defensive end/tackle spots are deep in this years draft, and Floyd scares me a bit with his thin frame.
Round 2 Pick 40: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
I can’t help but not choose Bell here in the second round. Bell would be an excellent counterpart with Landon Collins on the back line of the defense. While Collins is more of a thumper of an in-the-box type safety, Bell can play center field and also provide help in nickel packages at cornerback. In 2015, Bell made 65 tackles, picked off two passes, and swatted away nine passes.
Round 3 Pick 71: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
RU Rah Rah. Carroo, from our beloved Rutgers, is good value here in the third round. I almost went ahead and selected a linebacker in LSU’s Deion Jones whom New York met with at the NFL Scouting Combine, but despite the glaring need at LB, the Giants also need help across from Odell Beckham Jr., especially with Rueben Randle now in Philly. The ex-Scarlet Knight was hampered by off field issues and injuries, but still managed to catch 39 passes for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns. The playmaker isn’t flashy, but is strong and has hands like glue.
Round 4 Pick 109: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
Big Blue adds depth along the defensive line without another Big Ten Conference selection. The Giants signed Damon Harrison from the Jets this offseason and have Jonathan Hankins as the other starter, but Markus Kuhn is (finally) gone and Jay Bromley has yet to shine so Collins will help re-tool the defensive front. Collins had 29 tackles, six for loss, 2.5 sacks in 2015.
Round 5 Pick 149: Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin
Oh look, another Big Ten pick.
I swear I am not being biased. Giants fans are screaming for Reese to take a linebacker earlier in the draft, but I feel as if they are getting good value from the former walk-on here in the fifth round. Schobert isn’t the most athletic linebacker, but can still rush the passer and can do a decent job in pass coverage. As a senior, the former Badger racked up 79 tackles, including 19.5 for loss and 9.5 sacks with five forced fumbles and two passes broken up. He increased his productivity every season.
Round 6 Pick 184: Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia
To cap off the Giants draft picks (since they don’t have a seventh rounder), New York scoops up cornerback depth in West Virginia’s Worley. You can never have enough defensive backs in the now pass-dominant NFL. The former Mountaineer is from near by in Philadelphia, and as a true junior, totaled six interceptions and had 12 pass breakups. He also finished with 49 tackles. Can he fit in the scheme is a question mark.
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What do you think? How do you feel about these draft choices if they are the real ones come April 28? Chime in and let us know in the comments!