After weeks of checking out mock drafts throughout the web, I decided to take a shot at making my own.
As most New York Giants fans know, GM Jerry Reese is notorious for taking the best player available regardless of team needs.
After both Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard went down in the Super Bowl with torn ACLs, the Giants immediately had a void at the tight end position. Even after the acquisition of Martellus Bennett from the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants should still look for another TE to add depth to their chart.
The departure of Brandon Jacobs leaves an unoccupied running back spot behind the injury prone Ahmad Bradshaw. Despite still having Da'rel Scott, D.J. Ware, and Andre Brown, who could all potentially compete for the role, I still expect the Giants to take a look at a running back.
Mario Manningham, the Giants third receiver, also said goodbye to New York in favor of the West Coast, joining the San Fransisco 49ers. The Giants most likely expect Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden and the recovering Domenik Hixon to battle it out for the third spot.
I also may not be alone when I say I would love to see what 2011 practice squad player Dan Depalma can do after earning recognition by successfully emulating Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker during the Giants preparation for the Super Bowl.
Regardless of the current situation, the Giants love positional battles and I expect them to throw another WR into the mix.
Next up is the offensive line. In 2011, the Giants finished the regular season 32nd in rushing yards. Despite the nagging injury to Bradshaw and the success in the playoffs, the G-Men should still be concerned about their running game, which was lackluster largely due to the offensive line.
Although I don't expect the Giants to address this area early in the draft, I think they need to have a few offensive linemen on their draft board.
The last position where the Giants could use some help is at linebacker. Although they appear to be extremely deep at the position after acquiring Keith Rivers and re-signing Chase Blackburn, the Giants could still use a player who is dominant on the inside.
The Giants currently played Greg Jones, Mark Herzlich, and Blackburn on the inside in 2011, and rumors have been stirring that Michael Boley may be expected to take the call in 2012 if Keith Rivers steps it up on the weak side.
Either way, I don't see the Giants passing on a dominant ILB if one falls their way.
Jerry Reese's "best player available" strategy undoubtedly makes it difficult to predict the Giants' picks, but it's always fun for fans to give it a go.
Here's my take on how the 2012 draft will turn out for the G-Men.