Giants 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 3
While the team added a versatile offensive lineman (Syracuse's Justin Pugh), a space-eating defensive tackle (Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins) and a natural pass-rusher (Texas A&M's Damontre Moore), the Giants still must draft help for their defensive back seven, and I'd also like to see them select a running back.
It's been a successful haul thus far for general manager Jerry Reese, and he still has five picks left to make. Here are my predictions for the final four rounds of the draft:
Round 4, No. 116: UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin
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With the first three rounds of the draft in the books, I simply cannot believe that UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin is still on the board. In my opinion, the Giants would have to take him if he fell to pick No. 116.
Franklin can run inside the tackles and has quick burst to the outside, and he improved every year in the Pac-12.
He can also catch the ball out of the backfield, and is a willing pass-blocker, which is a must for any running back who plays under Tom Coughlin.
Yes, I am well aware that the Giants selected running back David Wilson with their first pick last year. I know that the Big Blue brain trust believes Wilson will be a star.
I don't care about that.
Bottom line: I don't feel confident in Wilson and Andre Brown as the team's top two backs. Brown is on a one-year deal and is coming off of a broken leg. I really like Wilson, but he hasn't proven it over an entire season just yet.
Franklin would be an outstanding selection, both for the present and future of the Giants. If he's still on the board at No. 116, it should take Reese 0.00001 seconds to call in the pick.
Round 5, No. 152: Penn State OLB Gerald Hodges
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I'm not surprised that the Giants didn't select a linebacker in the first three rounds of the draft. Jerry Reese has consistently shown that the position isn't as important to him as the defensive line and the secondary.
With that said, the current depth chart at linebacker is disconcerting at best. Dan Connor, Keith Rivers and Jacquian Williams as the projected starters? Yikes.
That makes drafting a linebacker (or two) a necessity.
Penn State's Gerald Hodges is a tackling machine (109 tackles last year as a senior) who has the coverage skills needed to succeed in today's pass-happy NFL.
While Hodges is more of a steady player rather than a star, the Giants don't need their linebackers to be all-world-type players. Hodges is reliable, can cover the tight end and would provide the Giants with sorely needed depth at the position.
Round 6, No. 187: Miami (Fla) CB Brandon McGee
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The Giants have their two starters of the future at cornerback on the roster already: Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley.
With Aaron Ross back after a year in Jacksonville, Corey Webster re-signed and Terrell Thomas back in the fold, I don't believe the Giants will address the position in the early rounds.
With that said, the Big Blue definitely need to add a corner during the draft, and the sixth round is where I project it will happen, with Miami's Brandon McGee.
McGee has good size (5'11") and speed (4.38 40-yard dash at the combine), and while his cover skills aren't elite (hence his sixth-round projection), I believe he'd be a steal at pick 187.
Round 7, No. 225: Florida OG James Wilson
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With their first of two seventh-round picks, the Giants go back to the offensive line and take a player who I consider to be a major sleeper: Florida guard James Wilson.
Wilson (6'3", 320 pounds) played well against tough competition in the SEC and would provide depth in the interior of the Giants offensive line.
Round 7, No. 253: Florida State ILB Vince Williams
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With their final selection of the 2013 draft, I project the Giants to add some more depth at linebacker and select Florida State ILB Vince Williams.
The issue with Williams? A lack of consistency, as his play fluctuates from good to bad at an alarming rate.
With that said, the potential is definitely there, and Williams had a good week at the Senior Bowl against quality competition.
I'm not saying he will ever start for an NFL team, but at the very least, he could provide depth at the position and help on special teams.