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Todd McShay is the ying to Kiper's yang as he provides an alternative mock draft perspective at ESPN.
He started working at the Worldwide Leader in 2006. Prior to his current gig, he was an integral part of The War Room, a start-up NFL draft publication, for seven years.
Todd's Pick: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
In his March 6 mock (ESPN Insider access required), McShay goes on the offensive, believing the Giants will try to bolster a passing offense that slipped from fifth in the NFL in 2011 to 12th in 2012. He explains his reasoning behind Big Blue selecting a tight end in the first round:
Eifert is a top tight end and would give Eli Manning another weapon in the passing game. Eifert's ball skills and ability to come down with the jump ball separate him from some other talented tight ends in this class.
To be fair, the Giants had not yet signed Brandon Myers when McShay submitted this pick. Even if Myers wasn't in the fold, this selection still doesn't make much sense.
The Giants need to fortify all three levels of a defense that gave up 383.4 yards and 21.5 points per game in 2012 before they can concentrate on offense. Even when they move to offense, addressing the right tackle and guard positions are more of a priority than tight end.
New York has also not put much emphasis on the tight end in recent years—either through big-money contracts in free agency or high draft picks.
Just in the last three years, it has let both Kevin Boss and Martellus Bennett walk instead of offering each a lucrative deal to stay.
The Giants have only drafted one tight end in the first round, Jeremy Shockey in 2002, in the last 21 years.
Everything McShay says about Eifert is true, but he won't be the Giants' pick at 19, nor will any other tight end for that matter.