New York Giants Mock Draft: 5 Consensus Picks Around the Web for No. 32
The 2012 NFL draft is just four days away.
It's hard to believe it's so soon, because we've been talking about it on here for over two months since the New York Giants won the Super Bowl back on February 5.
But now, we are just a couple of days away from perhaps one of the biggest days of the NFL season.
Since they won Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants will be waiting for a while on Thursday night until the very end.
They have the 32nd overall pick in the first round, so if you're on the East Coast and you're a Giants fan, you might need an extra cup of coffee or an energy drink to stay up to wait and see who they are taking with that pick.
It's been rough trying to figure out where the Giants may go with that pick. There have been so many mock drafts with different picks that would fit the Giants' needs.
Here are the five consensus picks over the last two months that the Giants can go with for their first-round pick on Thursday night.
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
I've seen Jonathan Martin's name come up a lot in several mock drafts for the Giants.
What surprises me is he actually falls that far down the list to No. 32.
In Louis Musto's column, which graded DraftTek's mock draft, it had the Giants taking Martin with that pick and gave it an A-plus.
I agree with my fellow colleague in that grade, because if Martin does in fact fall that far off the board, Giants general manager Jerry Reese would absolutely have to snag Martin.
The Giants have a glaring need at offensive line and have yet to address it through free agency.
Reese usually likes to draft his linemen, and getting Martin would be a solid pick if he was still around.
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Coby Fleener has also been one of the more popular choices for the Giants to go with at No. 32.
Before the Super Bowl, the Giants didn't need a tight end. Then, in Super Bowl XLVI, they lost two to injury when both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum tore their ACLs and likely will begin 2012 on the PUP List.
The Giants did sign former Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett and they have Bear Pascoe, but the Giants could still use another tight end.
Fleener might be the best tight end in this year's draft, and has impressed a lot of scouts this winter.
Longtime Giants featured columnist Jeff Shull did his own mock draft for the Giants, and had them picking Fleener because it would be impossible not to if he is still on the board.
I also agree with my fellow colleague, because I have heard so many good things about the Stanford tight end.
But will he still be on the board when the Giants are picking Thursday night?
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Back to a need on offensive line for the Giants, with Mike Adams from Ohio State.
Adams made news during the NFL combine but for the wrong reason, testing positive for marijuana use.
Adams was forthright with his use and, according to the NFL, completed counseling for it, which impressed a lot of teams.
You have to wonder if that could drop his value in the draft from the first round down to the second or even third round, because teams could consider it a "character issue."
Todd McShay from ESPN had the Giants taking Adams with the 32nd pick in his mock draft. (Note: his column is an ESPN Insider access story, so if you do not have the paid subscription, you may not be able to see it.)
If Martin is off the board, then Adams could be a solid choice for that pick.
Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
The Giants need for a linebacker was strong at one point.
However, over the course of a few months, it changed a little bit.
The Giants re-signed Super Bowl hero Chase Blackburn to a one-year deal for 2012, and they acquired Keith Rivers from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for a fifth-round pick.
So if the 2012 season began today, Rivers, Michael Boley and Jacquian Williams are the three probable starters at linebacker.
Rivers is still a question mark because of health, so if Jerry Reese used the first-round pick to draft a linebacker, it wouldn't surprise me one bit.
Peter Schrager of FOX Sports had the Giants taking Dont'a Hightower in his mock draft, and that would be a good pick for them.
Hightower's stock is rising fast, and he could even move up into the top 15.
But if he falls to No. 32, he could be a solid choice to go with.
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The Giants always like to stock-pile defensive linemen, and because of it, they have the best defensive line in the NFL.
Back in 2010, they already had Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka at defensive end. Then the Giants drafted Jason Pierre-Paul in the first round.
It was a move we all questioned and hated at first, but has turned out to be one of the best moves Jerry Reese has made in a long time because JPP is a star in the making.
Although the Giants might give him an extension, do not be surprised if Umenyiora gets dealt during the draft, as he has one more year left on his current contract.
If he gets dealt, it might be because Reese could be looking to draft another young lineman to go with the already ferocious defensive line.
Coples is one of the better defensive linemen in the draft, and if the Giants could land him, it could end up being another gem that Reese ends up finding.