2012 NFL Draft: Possible Osi Umenyiora Trade Shakes Up Giants 7-Round Mock Draft
Now that they're done kissing the Lombardi trophy, all the New York Giants are left with is poor draft position. The knowledge that their first-round pick will be a second-round talent can at least be alleviated with shiny rings.
Despite their status as the NFL's defending champs, the Giants have plenty of holes to fill, most notably on their high-powered offense. They enter this draft equipped with spare picks and a disgruntled star who could end up as possible trade bait.
The departures of Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham as well as the injuries to Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum have left the Giants with a clear path through the 2012 NFL draft. The formerly pressing need for a new linebacker has been lifted by the acquisition of Keith Rivers with a fifth-round pick.
What follows is a full seven-round mock. In Reese we Trust.
Round 1, Pick 32: Jonathan Martin, Tackle, Stanford
With the departure of Kareem McKenzie, the Giants are left with a gaping hole on the right side.
Without a suitable replacement, Eli Manning could find himself staring at the likes of Trent Cole and DeMarcus Ware far more often.
Jonathan Martin spent his college career protecting Andrew Luck's blind side and is well-prepped to do so for Manning in the NFL.
After a below-average 2011 campaign by his standards, Martin could likely tumble down boards, leaving him as a terrific value, late first-rounder.
Too sweet to pass up.
Round 2, Pick 42 (From Dolphins): Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
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The Giants know they cannot afford to give Osi Umenyiora the contract he wants. With paydays due to Jason Pierre-Paul, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and others, Umenyiora would end up playing 2012 under contract and leaving as a free agent.
Rather than lose him for nothing, the Giants can leverage this to make immediate gain from a needy team.
By packaging Umenyiora with their fourth and sixth-round picks, New York can send him to the needy Miami Dolphins for their second-round pick (No. 42). The Dolphins would fill a need and have two sixth and fourth rounders to go with two third rounders.
With this pick, the Giants can upgrade their depleted backfield with Lamar Miller, an electric runner with dynamic cut-back ability and big-play speed.
Miller ran for 1,272 yards on 5.6 YPC and nine touchdowns in 2011. In a change-of pace role, Miller would be an excellent complement to Ahmad Bradshaw.
The best part? He doubles as a kick returner, providing a possible spark for the G-men in their weakest area.
Round 2, Pick 64: Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio)
Brandon Brooks possesses the massive size and brute strength required of NFL guards, despite some roughness in other areas.
He carries some bad weight and tends to grab, but with his potential and size, he makes a good value pick at the bottom of the second round. A mauler in the run game, he will open up holes for newly-acquired Lamar Miller and his backfield compatriots.
Bringing in great size and depth behind Kevin Boothe and Mitch Petrus is highly important for the Giants if they want to keep Eli Manning on his feet if 2012.
Round 3, Pick 96: Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette
The New York Giants are facing an interesting situation at tight end. With Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard likely to start the season on the PUP list, they are left with unproven Martellus Bennett and blocking tight end Bear Pascoe as their main guys.
The need to bring in a legitimate, big-bodied receiving threat for Eli Manning is crucial. Ladarius Green fills this need at a terrific value. At 6'6'' with a 4.53 40-yard dash time, Green can prove to be a matchup nightmare if used properly.
He might be more of a liability in protection and run blocking due to his lighter weight, but that is why the Giants have Pascoe, Bennett and Henry Hynoski.
Green is built to be a monster receiving threat, and Manning should be able to get the most out of Green early on.
Round 4, Pick 131 (compensatory): Antonio Allen, SS, South Carolina
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With Deon Grant's departure or retirement seeming likely, the Giants will need to add depth in the secondary behind Kenny Phillips, Antrel Rolle and Tyler Sash.
Antonio Allen is a good-sized safety at 6'2'' and has okay speed for his size with a 4.6 40 time.
He had an extremely productive 2011 season with 88 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two pass break-ups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and three interceptions (one returned for a score).
Jerry Reese has a habit of taking the best player available, and that could very well be Antonio Allen when pick No. 131 rolls around.
Round 7, Mr. Irrelevant: Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma
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AAaaaaand Mr. Irrelevant is...Frank Alexander out of Oklahoma.
With the departure of Dave Tollefson in free agency and the trade of Osi Umenyiora, Jerry Reese will look to add a new defensive end to spice up the rotation. The need of a new end is not quite as pressing as it would seem, thanks to Mathias Kiwanuka's ability to return to the defensive line.
Still, Frank Alexander represents a solid pick for the bottom of the draft. His final season at Oklahoma was also his best, as he finished with 54 tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles and a career- and team-best 19.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. His senior performance earned him First Team All-Big 12 honors, and he was the conference's Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Though he lacks major athleticism and explosiveness, Alexander would make for a decent project backup to the tandem of Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul.