Tom Coughlin, Jerry Reese and the New York Giants are in a great position for this year's draft—they pick last. That means they are the the Super Bowl champs. There's tremendous pressure and difficulty that come with trying to repeat, but they have seven picks to build upon an already excellent team in the 2012 NFL draft.
Predicting the draft is almost like predicting the lotto—you know the possible picks, but getting the order right for a certain set is almost a complete guessing game.
Draft day is always hectic—certain players fall, certain teams reach, trades happen. After so many months of consideration, player evaluations, combines and pro days, general managers can begin to suffer from a condition known as "paralysis by analysis."
But with the New York Giants, there are certain constants. Jerry Reese always wants to take the best player available on the board. And Tom Coughlin always demands discipline, work ethic and smart play from his charges, even the rookies.
Matt Dodge either watched last year's Super Bowl from his couch or at a bar. Or maybe he couldn't bring himself to watch at all. The lesson: play smart, work hard and listen to your coaches. Or you can go home.
The Giants have seven picks in the 2012 draft (including a compensatory fourth-rounder), after their fifth-round pick (No. 167) was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals for LB Keith Rivers.
The following mock draft lists not just players who fill areas of need for the Giants, but also players who would make good Giants. What follows is a list of draftees who could become New Yorkers when the 2012 NFL draft commences on Thursday. And if they are selected, they will have hit the lotto.