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Matt Miller says: Jonathan Massaquoi OLB, Troy
He does not offer any explanation for the picks after round one, and I do not blame him, but I cannot for the life of me figure out where he is going with this pick. Not only does Massaquoi fit much better in the 3-4 system, but he does not fill a need for the Giants. Miller should understand the stubbornness of Jerry Reese with his linebackers.
DraftTek says: Dwayne Allen TE, Clemson
Finally, the model assigns the Giants a TE! Until the Superbowl, the Giants looked to be set at TE with the surprising play of Jake Ballard, supplemented by Beckum the pass catcher and Pascoe the blocker. When the smoke cleared and Eli hoisted the Lombardi trophy, Pascoe was the only TE to survive without a torn ACL or trade. Obviously, TE is a great need in April. Earlier in the year, no one would have thought that Clemson TE Dwayne Allen could fall to the end of the 2nd round, but in this mock, the Giants do not hesitate to grab him. The 2011 Mackey Award winner is a prototypical TE: he can block and catch, which is becoming somewhat of a novelty act in this age of specialists. He's 6'4" and 255 pounds, he can separate from d-backs, and while his blocking skills will need to be refined, he has the capability and is known as a very hard worker. He's anywhere from the #1 to #3 TE in this class, but is definitely a steal at 64.
Draft Countdown says: Dwayne Allen TE, Clemson
Not overly dynamic but is well-rounded and can be effective as a pass catcher and blocker.
Seeing as how Kiper and McShay only have their first-round mocks out right now, I cannot continue to use their analysis, so we're going to have a bit of a discrepancy.
Frankly, I do not agree with any of the picks, as DraftTek has the Giants taking a defensive tackle in Round 1 and Draft Countdown has the Giants taking Mike Adams of Ohio State.
I think tight end is not deep enough to pass up snagging the best talent at No. 32, and this whole Jerry Reese going as the best player available is bogus.
He did it really only once with Jason Pierre-Paul in 2010 (that worked out well, eh?). The Giants did need depth at corner last year and took Prince Amukamara. They needed a wide receiver in 2009 and took Hakeem Nicks. They needed a safety in 2008 and took Kenny Phillips, and they needed a corner in 2007 and took Aaron Ross.
Each one of these first-round picks were high priorities for the Giants that season.
Seeing as how the Giants get a tight end by my estimation in Round 1, I'll go with someone I've liked for a long time.
Conclusion: Kelechi Osemele G, Iowa State.