New York Giants Mock Draft: Full 7 Round Team Predictions
With so many big names and key players being free agents, the G-Men are looking to have another solid draft like they had in 2009 and 2010 that landed them Hakeem Nicks and Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Giants could use some help on the offensive side of the ball, including the offensive line, tight end, running back and wide receiver, especially if Mario Manningham leaves via free agency.
While it's nearly impossible to predict what owners and GMs will do on draft day, I tried to focus on the positions the Giants need to fill and who would be a good fit.
Here is my attempt at the Giants' seven picks of the draft:
Round 1, Pick 32: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
There shouldn't be much of a surprise here.
With Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum expected to begin the 2012 season on the PUP list, the Giants could use a tight end early in the draft.
Jerry Reese has to be licking his chops at the thought of drafting Dwayne Allen out of Clemson.
The 6'4", 250-pound receiving tight end finished the 2011 season with 50 receptions, 598 yards and eight touchdowns.
Ballard, Beckum and Bear Pascoe only scored a combined five touchdowns for the Giants in 2011, and added just one combined touchdown in the postseason.
Allen is a player who can immediately start for the Giants in 2012, and should be their first-round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Round 2, Pick 64: Kelechi Osemele OG/T, Iowa State
For such a large man (6'6", 347 lbs.), Kelechi Osemele is surprisingly athletic.
He's a powerful run-blocker, which is just what the Giants need, as they ranked dead-last in 2011 in terms of rushing offense.
Osemele sported the longest arms at the Senior Bowl, measuring a long 35 1/4 inches, and is known as a good teammate in the locker room.
For his efforts in the 2011 season, he received the Variety Trophy Award, which means he was Iowa State's MVP.
Osemele played in 49 career games for the Cyclones, including 44 straight starts, which is a testament to his durability.
Osemele seems like a perfect fit for the Giants, who are looking for a durable O-Lineman who can help out in the run game.
Round 3, Pick 95: Doug Martin, RB, Boise St.
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Brandon Jacobs' status in New York is still up in the air.
If the Giants are unable to come to terms with Jacobs, or just decide they don't want to retain him, they can fill the void at running back in the draft.
Doug Martin from Boise State plays the same type of smash-mouth football that Jacobs used to, and would compliment the speed of Ahmad Bradshaw and Da'Rel Scott.
In his senior season, Martin averaged five yards per carry and accumulated 1,299 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground.
Like Bradshaw, Martin can hurt opposing defenses in the passing game as well, as he had 28 receptions for 263 yards and two TDs in 2011.
The 5'9", 219-pounder can also help the Giants out in the return game, as he averaged 34 yards per return last season.
Round 4, Pick 127: Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan
Western Michigan's Jordan White led the nation in receptions and yards in 2011, catching 140 balls for 1,911 yards and 17 touchdowns.
With free agency looming for Mario Manningham, White could potentially put up a fight for the No. 3 spot on the Giants' depth chart at WR behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
The six foot wide out also has return skills as well, which is something the Giants desperately need.
Yes, the Giants have Barden, Hixon, Thomas and Jernigan on the roster at WR, but none of them have proven their worth yet.
It would be wise for the Giants to draft White, even if his only role is in the return game.
Round 5, Pick 159: Tavon Wilson, SS, Illinois
The Giants sported the fourth-worst passing defense in 2011, surrendering 255 YPG.
San Francisco 49er's tight end Vernon Davis burnt both Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips for touchdowns in the NFC Conference Championship game, signifying the Giants' need for help in the secondary.
2010 standout corner Terrell Thomas, who missed the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL, is said to be in talks with the Giants about re-signing, which will help to bolster a corner back group that already includes Corey Webster.
Safety Deon Grant is a free agent this offseason, and even if he re-signs, the Giants can add depth at the safety position by adding Illinois' safety Tavon Wilson.
Wilson finished the 2011 season with 81 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception.
He's a great athlete who can help out in the secondary and on special teams.
Round 6, Pick 191: Cordarro Law, DE/OLB, Southern Miss
The 6'2", 261-pounder out of Southern Miss is a versatile defender, especially in the 4-3 defense.
Similar to Mathias Kiwanuka, Cordarro Law can play both defensive end and line backer, possessing both speed and size.
With concerns that Osi Umenyiora is done in New York and problems at the linebacker position, the Giants could stand to draft a guy who can play both positions.
Cordarro finished the 2011 season with 9.5 sacks, including seven tackles and two sacks against Nevada in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
Combining Cordarro with the likes of Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul would be a deadly combination for opposing defenses if the Giants can snatch the sleeper prospect.
Round 7, Pick 223: Antoine McClain, OG, Clemson
It was evident all season that the Giants needed to re-build their offensive line.
Although Mitch Petrus probably deserves the starting spot in 2012, it doesn't seem that the Giants' staff trusts him enough.
Petrus filled in for the injured David Baas and gave the O-line some energy, but he was unable to retain his starting spot once Baas returned.
6'6", 330 lb. Antoine McClain is a better run blocker than pass blocker, which is something the Giants need to focus on as the running game suffered in 2011.
Drafting McClain adds depth to the Giants' offensive line and could even provide them with a starter.