New York Giants 2012 Mock Draft: Grading Picks from the B/R Community Mock Draft
Over the past several weeks, several Featured Columnists for Bleacher Report collaborated on a 2012 NFL Mock Draft, including all seven rounds of the draft.
They were allowed to make trades to move up or down in the draft, much like teams do during the real draft.
The New York Giants were represented by three FCs; Jake Silver, Craig Santucci and Louis Musto.
The mock draft did not specify trades, but from what I can gather the three writers traded the Giants' second-round pick, third-round pick and seventh-round pick for Detroit's second-round pick. Essentially giving up a third- and seventh-round pick to move up in the second round.
Jake, Craig and Louis did a great job evaluating team needs, and I will be grading all of their selections in this article.
Round 1, Pick 32: Lamar Miller RB, Miami
I have no issues at all with the New York Giants taking Lamar Miller from Miami if he falls all the way to No. 32.
Ahmad Bradshaw has never even been a do-it-all back and he still has trouble staying healthy. The recent release of Brandon Jacobs has made running back a priority. Bradshaw did tell reporters he hopes the Giants do not bring anyone in and he shoulders the load in 2012, but that is a pipe dream.
The Giants front office has to consider the future, and frankly the present considering Bradshaw's health issues.
Lamar Miller is a guy that could take over in the future, and has the tools to be a three-down back eventually.
Round 2, Pick 54 (From Detroit): Bobby Massie OT, Ole Miss
Apparently the need to upgrade the right tackle position was too great for our Giants writers to pass up, so they gave up the Giants' 2012 third- and seventh-round picks and switched picks in the second round with the Detroit Lions to take big Bobby Massie, offensive tackle from Ole Miss.
I would love it if the Giants could stand pat and take Massie, but perhaps they are right in moving up for him. He's been impressive in the draft process so far and looks to be a perfect fit for the right tackle spot at the next level.
He struggles a bit against faster pass-rushers, but Massie is a dominating run-blocker who would help fix a unit that finished dead last in rushing the football in 2011.
Thanks to NFL Gridiron Gab for the photo.
Round 4, Pick 129: Ladarius Green TE, Louisiana-Lafayette
Yes, the Giants addressed their tight end situation by signing Martellus Bennett to a one-year contract, but who knows if he stays long term.
Ladarius Green does not have the blocking skills that Bennett does, but he can certainly stretch the field as a receiver.
Don't be surprised if the Giants target another tight end in the draft this April. Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum may not be the same until 2013.
Round 4, Pick 133: Travis Lewis OLB, Oklahoma
Travis Lewis' decision to return for another year at Oklahoma has cost him dearly. Not only did he break his foot and looked sluggish when he returned, but he ran the second-slowest 40 time among all linebackers at the combine.
Some of the players taken after this pick I like way more than Lewis, such as T.Y. Hilton, Jeff Fuller and Jack Crawford.
Lewis does not seem like he has what it takes to be a successful linebacker at the next level. Not to mention the Giants do not need an outside linebacker, but rather and inside man.
Round 5, Pick 169: Eddie Pleasant S, Oregon
I like the direction the three Giants collaborators are going here, but I'm not sure about the player. I'm not sure the Giants need another strong safety, but rather a free safety would be better.
Janzen Jackson from McNeese State (formerly Tennessee Volunteers) is someone I could picture being the pick here. The mock has him falling all the way to the sixth round. If safety is the position here, there are other directions I would go than Pleasant.
He is a hard hitter but lacks great speed to be effective at the next level.
Round 6, Pick 204: Lamar Holmes OT, Southern Miss
Just to clarify, the community mock draft lists Lamar Holmes as an offensive tackle, yet on the draft it says he is a guard. I'll chalk that up as a typo and say Holmes is a tackle.
I honestly like the idea of the Giants drafting multiple offensive linemen in this year's draft. Holmes is a raw talent that can be molded into a future starting left tackle with Bobby Massie manning the right side.