New York Giants Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions, Post-Scouting Combine
The New York Giants didn't have a bad draft last year, but it certainly could have been better.
While David Wilson and Rueben Randle contributed for the Giants on offense and special teams, the rest of last year's draft class was disappointing.
Jayron Hosley, who was selected in the third round, did not look like a starting caliber cornerback during an uneven rookie season. The only other player after Hosley to get substantial playing time was defensive tackle Markus Kuhn, who was selected in the seventh round.
Even his season ended on a sour note when he tore his ACL against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10.
With a lot of holes to fill due to 27 of their own players hitting free agency, the Giants need to find at least three to four players in this draft that can make a significant impact right away.
This is especially true on defense where all three levels have holes and weaknesses that must be addressed.
Round 1, 19th Pick: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Round 2, 49th Pick: David Amerson, CB, N.C. State
This may seem like a reach since Amerson is currently projected to go in the third round by CBS Sports. The former N.C. State standout, however, should see his stock rise in the coming weeks after a strong combine.
Amerson finished no worse then 13th among defensive backs in the four workouts he participated in on Tuesday. Of note was a seventh place finish in the broad jump and a stellar 4.44 in the 40-yard dash, which was good for 12th place.
The latter is especially important since speed was supposed to be a weakness for the physically imposing cornerback (Amerson stands 6’2” and weighs 194 pounds).
Amerson’s ballhawking style (he had 18 interceptions combined in his sophomore and junior seasons) fits well with a Giants defense that is at it’s best when it is creating turnovers off of a strong pass rush. New York also plays a lot of zone coverage and Amerson is better in zone than in man-to-man.
Round 3, 81st Pick: John Simon, DE, Ohio State
Round 4, 113th Pick: Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
Round 5, 145th Pick: T.J. Barnes, DT, Georgia Tech
The best way to describe Barnes is that he is a massive human being. The defensive tackle stands at 6'6" and a whopping 369 pounds.
His issue is obviously his athleticism, though it is better than you would think. At the combine, Barnes posted a 5.30 time in the forty, which was actually faster than five other defensive lineman. In fact, he only finished last in two of five speed and agility workouts (besides the forty, these include the vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle).
These results may not sound very impressive, but you need to keep in mind that he is at least 40 pounds heavier than almost all of his competition.
Barnes' size suggests that he can help the Giants run defense by taking up space on the interior. His height should also be effective in deflecting passes at the line of scrimmage and clogging up passing lanes.
He needs to lose about 20 pounds to gain some much-needed quickness and he is also a bit raw, having only started one season at Georgia Tech. He has the right attitude to reach his potential, as you can see in the video associated with this slide and in the excerpt below, courtesy of NFL Draft Zone:
Strengths would be that I’m coachable, that I know the game. I can take coaching from different types of people. Things I need to work on would just be consistency with everything. Staying low, using my hands, just work on things. You can never work on too much.
Barnes is a project, but a worthy one for the Giants to take on in the fifth round—especially with how they were manhandled in the running game at times last season.
Round 6, 177th Pick: Brandon McGee, CB Miami (Fla.)
The Giants' current stable of cornerbacks contains a bunch of question marks.
Is Hosley starting caliber? Was 2012 the beginning of the end for Corey Webster? Can Prince Amukamara stay healthy and show consistency when he is on the field?
Big Blue will have an opportunity to address this position in free agency, but they would also be wise to select multiple cornerbacks in the draft as well.
With Amerson already in the fold, McGee makes for a nice late-round pick. He was highly touted coming out of high school but struggled to gain consistency at the U.
The new year though has seen McGee gain unexpected momentum. In January, he had a good week of practice leading up to the East-West Shrine game, though, for undisclosed reasons, he didn’t actually participate in the game.
He also represented himself exceptionally well at the combine. He was especially strong in the three-cone drill, where he posted a 6.71, good for fourth best among defensive backs, and a 4.40 in the forty, which placed him sixth.
He is currently considered a fifth- or sixth-round pick by CBS Sports, so there is a chance that he’ll be gone when New York’s turn comes up in this round.
Round 7, 209th Pick: Braden Brown, OT, Brigham Young
This is a need pick that could pay dividends right away for Big Blue.
Brown is a seasoned three-year starter at right tackle for BYU. He proved to be durable in his collegiate career, starting 39 consecutive games from his sophomore year through his senior season.
His performance at the combine did nothing to move him out of the draft. He was adequate in all of the workouts and more so in the three-cone drill, where he placed fifth among offensive linemen.
He is better in pass protection than run-blocking, which fits well with the Giants' air-oriented offense.
He probably won’t develop into a starting-caliber right tackle, but he certainly looks like a player that can stick on a 53-man roster and contribute. That is all you can ask for out of a seventh-round selection.
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