New York Giants Mock Draft: Full 7-Round Predictions
The Giants, who are not usually big players in free agency, made some key moves this offseason, signing tight end Marcellus Bennett and locking up top-notch cornerback Terrell Thomas. Though there are still glaring holes the Giants will need to fill, general manager Jerry Reese always has been partial to finding his players through the draft.
With a talented draft class to choose from, Reese will have a great opportunity to find what he needs to fill the Giants’ needs and add depth to the roster.
At this point, it is a toss-up where the defending Super Bowl champions may go with their first-round pick.
Here is a look at how things may shake out.
Round 1, Pick 32: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Known for taking the best player available, the Giants will add a promising young prospect by selecting Miami running back Lamar Miller.
With the release of longtime Giant Brandon Jacobs, the defending Super Bowl champions find themselves with a void at running back that would be filled quite nicely by the speedy back.
Miller is the second-best player at his position in this year’s draft class and is capable of being a productive four-down back in the NFL. Boasting 4.4 speed and stellar change-of-direction skills, Miller would be a lethal weapon alongside Ahmad Bradshaw in the Giants backfield.
The former Hurricane has risen up draft boards since the combine. But a pass-first league should enable the Giants to land a top-20 talent with the final pick in the first round.
The pick is not one that addresses one of the Giants’ most vital needs, but Miller would give a major boost to one of the NFL’s best offenses.
Round 2, Pick 64: Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss
The Giants’ offensive line is not getting any younger. Aer years of being the league’s most durable group, an infusion of youth is long overdue.
Bobby Massie is a great talent who would certainly be classified as a steal if the Giants can snatch him at the end of the second round. With a void at right tackle after the departure of Kareem McKenzie, Massie is a natural fit.
The former Ole Miss tackle has long arms, desirable NFL size and above-average strength. His skill-set is still raw, but he has shown the ability to succeed at the next level.
Massie is a solid blocker, especially in the run game. The Giants finished last in rushing this past season and much of the blame rests on the offensive line.
Massie is an easy remedy to bolster the right side of the line.
Round 3, Pick 94: Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
Mario Mannigham’s departure and the ACL injury of tight end Jake Ballard signaled the need for a third passing target for Eli Manning. Though there are players on the roster who may be able to fill that void, Wake Forest’s Christ Givens is a prospect who is hard to ignore.
With Victor Cruz being one of the NFL’s best slot receivers, the No. 3 receiver will most likely need to be a guy who plays best on the outside opposite Hakeem Nicks. Givens can do that.
He is a solid route runner who possesses great hands. With blazing speed to boot—he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day—Givens can become another home-run threat for a Manning-led passing attack that scorched opposing defenses last season.
Round 4, Pick 127: Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy
Jerry Reese says you can never have too many pass-rushers. Well, say hello to his next prize defensive end, Jonathan Massaquoi.
Coming from the same university as top sackmen Osi Umenyiora and DeMarcus Ware, Massaquoi has the potential to be just as good—if he can live up to that potential. His senior season was mildly disappointing and his pre-draft prospects have been a roller-coaster ride.
Massaquoi improved his 4.8 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine with a 4.6 at his pro day, showcasing some of the athleticism teams are looking for in a young defensive end.
He is a strong player blessed with long arms, which he utilizes to keep blockers at bay or bull-rush his way into the backfield to get after the quarterback.
Round 4, Pick 131: Ladarius Green, TE, Lousiana-Lafayette
The Giants added tight end Marcellus Bennett in free agency, but there’s no telling how he will pan out. Regardless, with the tools UL-Lafayette’s Ladarius Green has, it will be hard for the Giants to pass up a player with so much potential.
At 6’6” and 238 pounds, Green is a headache for opposing defenses in coverage and a dangerous red- zone threat. He has amazing hands and 4.5 speed, fitting the mold of tight ends currently taking the NFL by storm.
He could use work as an in-line blocker. But with his size, it’s possible Green may pan out better as a big-bodied receiver, more in the mold of Calvin Johnson, Vincent Jackson or Marques Colston. He’s a mismatch for any defender and would benefit playing in the Giants' offensive system.
Round 5, Pick 167: Coty Sensabaugh, CB, Clemson
The Giants re-signed a number of their free-agent cornerbacks, but it could not hurt to have more depth at the position. That becomes especially so considering the depletion of the Giants secondary during the 2011 season.
Clemson’s Coty Sensabaugh is an athletic cornerback with very raw talent. He showed drastic improvement during his senior season, covering some of the ACC’s top receivers. But he will need to sharpen his skills to become a productive player in the NFL.
Sensabaugh is a hard-working prospect who should be a key contributor on special teams, something the Giants value in young players.
Round 6, Pick 201: Rishaw Johnson, OG, California (Pa.)
Rishaw Johnson is a prospect with untapped potential who would add some much-needed depth to an aging offensive line.
Blessed with great size, Johnson is an athletic guard who could develop into a solid NFL backup.
He does have some character concerns after being dismissed from Ole Miss in 2010, but is worth the risk in the sixth round. The Giants have had success selecting offensive linemen in the late rounds and would love for that to be the case with Johnson.
Round 7, Pick 239: Christian Thompson, FS, South Carolina State
A small-school prospect from South Carolina State, Christian Thompson has begun to attract interest as the draft approaches.
Thompson ran a 4.50 40-yard dash at the combine, the fastest for a safety. He then continued to impress, dazzling scouts in position drills.
At 6’0” and 211 pounds, he has the size needed to be a safety, and has shown the body control and talent needed to succeed at the next level.
With Deon Grant’s NFL future uncertain, Thompson could fill the void left by the veteran safety. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s defense uses three safeties quite often, and that could give Thompson the valuable playing time he would need to to slowly progress in the Giants' defense.
Thompson is quickly climbing up team’s draft boards. The allure of this rising prospect should tempt several teams to consider him in the later rounds.
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