New York Giants 2013 Mock Draft: Full 7-Round Picks After Week 1 of Free Agency
Week 1 of the 2013 NFL Free Agency came and went this past week.
And it sure had a ton of action.
A lot of the top names came off the board this week and got some big-time contracts by different teams.
As far as the New York Giants, they filled a lot of needs during the first week.
The Giants' first move was landing defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins on a three-year deal to replace the departed Chris Canty.
Cornerback Aaron Ross returned after a year in Jacksonville and came home to the Giants on a one-year deal.
Veteran kicker Josh Brown was signed to a one-year deal to replace long-time kicker Lawrence Tynes.
Ryan Mundy was lured over from the Steelers and signed to a one-year pact for safety depth due to Kenny Phillips leaving to a rival team.
Louis Murphy came from the Carolina Panthers and signed a one-year deal just in case the team doesn't re-sign Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden.
Linebacker Dan Connor switched from the Dallas Cowboys and signed a one-year deal to compete for the middle linebacker spot and, in all likelihood, will end Chase Blackburn's tenure with the team.
And Brandon Myers was brought in on a four-year deal—with the last three being voidable—from Oakland to take the place of the departed Martellus Bennett.
With those signings out of the way, the Giants' draft needs become a little more clearer.
Giants GM Jerry Reese has a little over a month to still sign players, but this is right around the time where he'll start to figure out who he needs to pick.
So based on what the Giants did in free agency, here's the Giants' full seven-round mock draft for April's 2013 NFL Draft.
Round 1, No. 19 Pick: Alex Okafor, DE
I am making this pick based on the fact that the Giants didn't go for Dwight Freeney to replace Osi Umenyiora.
Justin Tuck is in a make-or-break season in 2013, and I can definitely see Jerry Reese looking at a potential replacement in case Tuck breaks down again.
Alex Okafor at No. 19 makes complete sense in re-tooling the Giants pass rush that struggled in 2012.
Okafor can play both left and right end, as he did in Texas.
Not only can he get to the quarterback, but Okafor was also a very good run-stuffing lineman as well, and that's something that's very important to the Giants.
They struggled to stop the run in 2012, so if the Giants don't land Freeney in free agency at a discounted price, I'm thinking Okafor with the Giants' first-round pick.
Round 2, No. 49 Pick: Arthur Brown, ILB
The Giants did bring in Dan Connor to compete for their middle linebacker spot along with Mark Herzlich.
And with Connor, it's very likely that Chase Blackburn will be looking for work elsewhere in 2013.
Yet, I wouldn't pencil in Connor into the starting role just yet.
If Arthur Brown is still on the board in Day 2, I fully expect the Giants to take him.
Brown might not be the biggest linebacker in the draft, but what he makes up for in size is football instincts.
Those are the intangibles that Jerry Reese scouts out in his players, and I think it's what ends up landing Brown to New York for 2013 in Round 2.
Round 3, No. 81 Pick: Oday Aboushi, OT
The Giants had David Diehl agree to restructure his contract, but if I am the Giants, he's going to be used primarily as a reserve and backup at tackle and guard.
And since Sean Locklear suffered a severe broken leg during the later part of the season, he could be forced into retirement if it doesn't heal properly.
Either way, the Giants need some youth injected into their line, and Oday Aboushi looks like a solid pick in the third round.
Although he played left tackle at the University of Virginia, Aboushi is slated to move over to right tackle in the NFL, which would work out well for the Giants since they have Will Beatty locked up at left tackle.
By drafting Aboushi, he could immediately start in his rookie year and have Diehl mentor him in 2013.
Round 4, No. 113 Pick: Alvin Bailey, OG
The Giants need to take a look at a guard for two reasons.
The first is Chris Snee, as he is getting up there in age and will be coming off hip surgery this offseason.
As long as Snee is healthy, I expect him to be starting in 2013, but you always need a backup plan just in case.
The second is Kevin Boothe, who is a free agent and is getting attention from other teams on the market.
So if Boothe departs, the Giants will need to look at a replacement at left guard, which is where Alvin Bailey comes into play.
Bailey would add some strength and size to the line (6'3", 312 lbs), but if drafted, he would be better suited to start 2013 as a backup and get a year of experience under his belt.
However, if Boothe leaves and James Brewer isn't ready to play, Bailey might have to play earlier than expected.
Round 5, No. 145 Pick: Jamar Taylor, CB
The Giants need depth in the secondary, especially at cornerback.
The unit was just downright terrible in 2012, and because they were bad, it also had a negative effect on the Giants pass rush.
Corey Webster took a pay cut to stay on for 2013, and even though I thought he might get cut, keeping Webster for one more year was the right move.
The Giants also re-structured the contract for Terrell Thomas, who is coming off a second-straight missed season due to a partially torn ACL, which needed surgery.
However, Thomas could need to move to safety with the departure of Kenny Phillips. Plus, putting him at safety might preserve his knees and his NFL career.
And as I mentioned in the introduction, the Giants did bring back Aaron Ross for depth purposes; he knows Perry Fewell's defensive system.
And there's also Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley, who are still in development on the team.
So that leaves the Giants looking at corners in Round 5, and Jamar Taylor out of Boise State looks like a solid pick for them.
Taylor is a physical corner who is not afraid to tackle and was known as a hard-nosed leader for the Boise State defense.
Those traits would do well on the Giants defense.
Round 6, No. 177 Pick: Denard Robinson, WR
Some of you might know Denard Robinson from Michigan. He was their quarterback.
But in the NFL, Robinson won't be a quarterback. Instead, he'll be a wide receiver.
The Giants are, in all likelihood, bringing back Victor Cruz for 2013, whether it's for the one-year, first-round tender or if the Giants sign him long term.
But the Giants need depth at the position, especially with the possible departures of Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden.
Robinson would add that kind of depth at the position and would be a speed factor for the Giants as well.
If Robinson falls 11 spots, I can see Jerry Reese taking him based on what he can do with his legs.
I don't know if the Giants would try him out at special teams, but it would be something worth looking into.
Round 7, No. 209 Pick: Cory Grissom, DT
With the Giants' final pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, adding depth at the defensive tackle spot is a good way to go.
They got Cullen Jenkins from the Eagles, which was a bold move to start out free agency. They will pair him with Linval Joseph to form a solid middle of the defensive line.
Add in Shaun Rogers and that's a talented trio. However, Rogers is coming off a missed 2012 season due to a blood clot in his leg.
Marvin Austin has yet to prove anything in the NFL and Markus Kuhn missed a lot of 2012 due to landing on the IR.
So by taking Cory Grissom out of South Florida, it would add some depth and size to the spot.
Grissom is a 6'3", 316-pound tackle who can stuff the run and get to the quarterback if needed.
By plugging him into the Giants' defensive tackle rotation, he would provide them with great depth if drafted in the seventh round.
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