New York Giants Mock Draft: Rounds 4-7 with Day 2 in the Books
The New York Giants have had an intriguing and adventurous time thus far in the 2012 NFL draft, adding crucial pieces that should help them in their chase to successfully defend their Super Bowl championship.
With the second day in the books, the Giants look ahead with many needs still to be addressed and a talent-laden draft class at their disposal.
The Giants have four picks remaining, and general manager Jerry Reese and company are sure to make some wise decisions with those selections.
With less than 12 hours until Day 3 of the NFL draft, let’s take a look at how things may shape up with the Giants' final picks.
Round 4, Pick 127: Nigel Bradham, OLB, Florida State
Following the contract extension of natural defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and the trade rumors that have ensued surrounding Osi Umenyiora, the New York Giants will likely be seeking to add a player capable of playing the strong-side linebacker position should any of the hoopla be true.
If the Giants are to deal Umenyiora, it is likely Kiwanuka makes the move back to defensive end, enabling the Super Bowl champions the opportunity to seek out an outside linebacker prospect who excels in pass coverage.
If not, the Giants still need dependable depth behind Kiwanuka.
Regardless, Florida State’s Nigel Bradham is their man.
I have mocked him in many of my most recent mocks, as has DraftTek.com, and believe he would be an ideal fit within the Giants defensive system. While Kiwanuka performed surprisingly well in 2011, the Giants need someone who is better suited to play the strong-side linebacker.
Bradham is one of the draft class' top cover linebackers with impressive speed and athleticism. He is a big need in a pass-happy NFL that would immediately upgrade a talented Giants defense.
Round 4, Pick 131: Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy
The New York Giants love their pass-rushers, and there may be no more intriguing prospect at this point in the draft than Troy’s Jonathan Massaquoi.
Massaquoi is an athletic defensive end whose stock bounced all over the boards leading up to the draft. With the NFL’s most exciting offseason event finally here, the Troy product has slipped deep into the draft, but could land himself an ideal job.
Combined in rotation with some of the NFL’s best pass-rushers, Massaquoi could excel along the Giants defensive line while doing what he does best—sack the quarterback.
Round 6, Pick 201: DeAngelo Peterson, TE, LSU
The Giants will not likely add many of the tight ends mocked to them throughout this offseason, but LSU’s DeAngelo Peterson has the potential to be an untapped talent discovered to be one of the draft’s lovely hidden gems.
Peterson is a tall, athletic player, with phenomenal receiving talents in the mold of an Aaron Hernandez more so than a Rob Gronkowski. He appears to be more of a bulky receiver than a tight end, but the Giants may not mind that at this point in the draft.
Peterson appears to have little upside, but can split the seam and—if he is willing to work at it, and that is a big question mark—he has the athleticism and physical tools to develop into a productive receiving tight end in the NFL.
Round 7, Pick 239: Derek Dennis, OG, Temple
The New York Giants should address their offensive line at some point in the draft, and what better time than with their final pick?
Temple’s Derek Dennis has the size, and could have the potential with some work.
His intangibles alone make him an easy choice for any team seeking offensive line help in the seventh round, but the National Football Post’s Wes Bunting believes his fluidity on the move shows he is capable of developing into an NFL starter over time.