New York Giants Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 2 Predictions

Kevin Boilard@@KevinBoilardCorrespondent IApril 29, 2016

New York Giants Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 2 Predictions

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    Giants GM Jerry Reese still has a lot of work to do this weekend.
    Giants GM Jerry Reese still has a lot of work to do this weekend.Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

    The New York Giants named their first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday evening: Eli Apple, a cornerback out of Ohio State.

    The suspense is over, but the fun is just beginning.

    Giants general manager Jerry Reese still has five picks to make, including his crucial second- and third-round selections on Friday night. There are still a handful of needs to address, so he'll have to select wisely.

    We have pulled Thursday's selections off our big board and created a new list of the top 100 players who are still available, then we modified our mock draft to reflect the selection of Apple in the first round.

    Are the Giants on the right track after Day 1? Read on, and let us know what you'd like to see them do with their remaining picks in the comments section below.

Top-100 Big Board

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    Indiana OT Jason Spriggs is the highest player left on the board.
    Indiana OT Jason Spriggs is the highest player left on the board.Darron Cummings/Associated Press

    A total of 31 players came off the board on Friday night. Below are the top 100 players who still remain unselected.

    Positions of need are weighted more than other positions on this big board. Therefore, after the selection of Eli Apple in the first round, the remaining cornerbacks have all fallen down the list.

    Jerry Reese and the rest of the Giants' brain trust won't stray far from their board in the coming rounds. It is a valuable tool, generated over months of scouting, that helps general managers and other members of the front office focus on the best player available when the draft starts to get hectic in the second and third rounds.

    Here's what ours looks like:

     

    New York Giants' Big Board
     Rank Player Position School
     1Jason SpriggsOTIndiana
     2Reggie RaglandLBAlabama
     3Noah SpenceDEEastern Kentucky
     4Emmanuel OgbahDEOklahoma State
     5Tyler BoydWRPitt
     6A'Shawn RobinsonDTAlabama
     7Cody WhitehairGKansas State
     8Michael ThomasWROhio State
     9Kevin DoddDEClemson
     10Jeremy CashSDuke
     11Jarran ReedDTAlabama
     12Jonathan BullardDEFlorida
     13Vadal AlexanderGLSU
     14Andrew BillingsDTBaylor
     15Shon ColemanOTAuburn
     16Shilique CalhounDEMichigan State
     17Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina
     18Austin JohnsonDTPenn State
     19Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech
     20Su'a CravensLB/SUSC
     21Carl NassibDEPenn State
     22Braxton MillerWROhio State
     23Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri 
     24Joshua PerryLBOhio State 
     25Hunter HenryTEArkansas
     26Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech
     27Vonn BellSOhio State
     28Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame
     29Mackensie AlexanderCBClemson
     30Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech
     31Nick MartinCNotre Dame
     32Derrick HenryRBAlabama
     33Chris JonesDTMississippi State
     34Charles TapperDEOklahoma
     35Leonte CarrooWRRutgers
     36T.J. GreenSClemson
     37Devontae BookerRBUtah
     38Christian WestermanGArizona State
     39Jerald HawkinsOTLSU
     40Javon HargraveDTSouth Carolina State
     41Alex CollinsRBArkansas
     42John TheusOTGeorgia
     43Adolphus WashingtonDTOhio State
     44Sebastian TretolaGArkansas 
     45Rashard HigginsWRColorado State
     46Jalen MillsSLSU
     47Xavien HowardCBBaylor
     48Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina
     49Austin HooperTEStanford
     50Tyler MatakevichLBTemple
     51Sterling ShepardWROklahoma
     52Kenny LawlerWRCalifornia
     53Kyle MurphyOTStanford
     54Kamalei CorreaLBBoise State
     55Dominique AlexanderLBOklahoma
     56Maurice CanadyCBVirginia
     57Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama
     58Bronson KaufusiDEBYU
     59Nick VannettTEOhio State
     60Connor McGovernGMissouri
     61C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame
     62Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State
     63Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU
     64Zack SanchezCBOklahoma
     65Roberto AguayoKFlorida State
     66Connor CookQBMichigan State
     67Sheldon DayDTNotre Dame
     68DeAndre Houston-CarsonSWilliam and Mary
     69Miles KillebrewSSouthern Utah
     70Will RedmondCBMississippi State
     71B.J. GoodsonLBClemson
     72Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee
     73Jihad WardDTIllinois
     74Caleb BenenochOTUCLA
     75Darian ThompsonSBoise State
     76Cyrus JonesCBAlabama
     77Scooby Wright IIILBArizona
     78Willie BeaversOTWestern Michigan
     79Hassan RidgewayDTTexas
     80KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame
     81Justin SimmonsSBoston College
     82Jordan JenkinsLBGeorgia
     83Jordan PaytonWRUCLA
     84Kyler FackrellLBUtah State
     85Sean DavisCBMaryland
     86Maliek CollinsDTNebraska
     87Dean LowryDENorthwestern
     88Joe DahlGWashington State
     89Jerrell AdamsTESouth Carolina
     90Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa
     91Matt JudonDEGrand Valley State
     92Deion JonesLBLSU
     93Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State
     94Max TuerkCUSC
     95Isaac SeumaloGOregon State
     96Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas
     97Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia
     98Alex LewisOTNebraska
     99Blake MartinezLBStanford
     100Graham GlasgowGMichigan

Round 2

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    Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    Pick 40: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

    Although the Giants focused heavily on rebuilding their defense in free agency and used their first-round pick on a cornerback, they may stay on that side of the ball in the second round.

    Reese probably wants to bring in a young pass-rusher, and there’s a decent chance that Emmanuel Ogbah will still be there when the Giants pick.

    The 22-year-old has a lot of natural athleticism and is a good fit in New York’s 4-3 defensive scheme. He is a big defensive end at 6’4” and 273 pounds, yet he was still the second-fastest player at his position at the NFL Scouting Combine in February with a 4.63-second 40-yard dash.

    In addition to his pure speed, Ogbah is also explosive. He was a top performer in the vertical jump (35.5 inches) and the broad jump (121.0 inches) at the combine in February.

    Ogbah isn’t just a workout warrior, though; he is a highly decorated defensive end. The Oklahoma State product was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for his conference-high 13 sacks in 2015, leading to a handful of All-American honors.

    The Giants need a defensive end of Ogbah’s caliber. They have Jason Pierre-Paul and free-agency acquisition Olivier Vernon in line to start on the edges, but there’s no proven depth behind them. Kerry Wynn did not record a single sack in 15 games played last season, and 2015 third-round pick Owa Odighizuwa only appeared in four games.

    Ogbah would be a great addition to New York’s pass-rush rotation. He can help keep Pierre-Paul and Vernon fresh, while also serving as an interior pass-rusher in some sub packages.

Round 3

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    Pick 71: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina

    The Giants have to address the wide receiver position in the middle rounds of the draft. There are a lot of talented pass-catchers in this class, and Pharoh Cooper is a solid one who can probably be snagged in the third round.

    Cooper isn’t the biggest receiver at 5’11” and 203 pounds, but he’s a big-time playmaker (remember: Odell Beckham Jr. is under 6’0”). In three seasons at South Carolina, he recorded 18 receiving touchdowns, four rushing touchdowns and four passing touchdowns. In 2015, the coaches in the conference named him first-team All-SEC as a wide receiver and as an all-purpose back.

    In addition to his versatility on offense, Cooper was also a return specialist for the Gamecocks. His ability to make an impact in several aspects of the game leads one to believe that he is very coachable. That’s probably a result of being raised in a military family.

    A player like Cooper is every coach’s dream, especially a forward-thinking coach with an offensive mindset. Ben McAdoo should have big plans for the 21-year-old if the Giants are lucky enough to land him in the third round.

    Beckham has become one of the NFL’s best receivers without much help from his supporting cast. Victor Cruz has been injured for most of his professional career, and Rueben Randle (signed by the Philadelphia Eagles) was more of a liability than an asset during his tenure with the team. Cooper could be trusted to take better advantage of the opportunity to play opposite one of the league’s most talented pass-catchers in Beckham.

    The healthy return of Cruz alone would take the Giants’ passing offense to new heights. With Cooper rounding out the starting trio of wideouts, quarterback Eli Manning should have no trouble posting career-best statistics for the third consecutive year.

Round 4

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    MIKE STONE/Associated Press

    Pick 109: Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State

    After missing out on Jack Conklin and the other top tackles in the first round, the Giants must try to locate a starting-caliber prospect elsewhere in the draft. Unfortunately for them, the value and their pick might not align again until the fourth round, when they'll have the opportunity to scoop up Joe Haeg.

    Haeg went to an FCS school, North Dakota State, but the Philadelphia Eagles selected his college teammate, quarterback Carson Wentz, with the second-overall pick. And there was nothing "small school" about his Combine numbers; he was a top performer in the broad jump (111.0 inches), three-cone drill (7.47 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.47 seconds).

    At 6'6" and 304 pounds, the 23-year-old certainly has the size needed to thrive as an NFL right tackle. He also has the experience—albeit at a lower level of competition—with 61 collegiate starts.

    The Giants desperately need one more quality blocker to round out the offensive line. They have spent high draft picks to secure starters at left tackle (Ereck Flowers, ninth-overall pick in 2015), left guard (Justin Pugh, 19th-overall in 2013) and center (Weston Richburg, 43rd overall in 2014). They may have also nailed a late-round pick, as 2015 seventh-rounder Bobby Hart is in perfect position to take over for John Jerry as the starting right guard.

    All that remains is the right tackle position. Marshall Newhouse started 14 games there last year and left a lot to be desired. Veteran Byron Stingily was signed in free agency, but no one is pinning him to take over as the starter and excel.

    Unless Indiana's Jason Spriggs falls to them in the second round, the Giants' only option may be to take a flyer on Haeg in the fourth. He is far from a sure shot, but it would be better to take a chance on him than to whiff on the position entirely in this draft.

Round 5

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    Pick 149: Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple

    In last week’s mock draft, we had the Giants taking Tyler Matakevich in the fourth round. Concerns about his physical limitations lead one to believe that he could be available in the fifth round—perhaps even later.

    Regardless, the Giants should scoop up Matakevich in the fifth round. They need to draft a proven prospect at linebacker, and no one has a resume quite like this Temple product.

    The 23-year-old recorded nearly 500 tackles in four seasons with the Owls, eclipsing 100 stops each year. He added 4.5 sacks and five interceptions as a senior in 2015, making him a clear-cut choice for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

    Although the 6’0”, 238-pound linebacker certainly lacks the desired athleticism, the Giants haven’t been fielding world-beaters at this position as of late. Even as a fifth-round pick, Matakevich could easily compete for the starting middle linebacker job. The current competitors—Jasper Brinkley, Uani ‘Unga, Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard—are all very beatable.

    Matakevich, a collegiate All-American, is an intelligent football player and a natural leader. You can’t measure heart at the NFL Draft Combine, but he has plenty of it. For a team that’s always in search of a bargain at this position, the Giants can’t ask for much more in a middle linebacker.

Round 6

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    Pick 184: Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia

    If the Giants address all their biggest needs in the first five rounds, they’ll have some flexibility with their last pick. In the sixth round, they should consider picking up a running back such as Wendell Smallwood.

    The Giants aren’t hurting at running back; they have a capable committee spearheaded by Rashad Jennings. Even so, Smallwood could be a valuable addition.

    Smallwood was a workhorse for West Virginia last season. He was the Big 12’s leading rusher with 1,519 yards, and he scored nine touchdowns. The 5’10”, 208-pound back also caught 26 passes for a total of 264 offensive touches in 2015.

    The Giants would never count on Smallwood to carry such a large load for them, but he appears to be a more complete back than either Andre Williams or Orleans Darkwa. If picked up in the sixth round, he should give both of them a run for their roster spots this summer.

    At the very least, Smallwood should find a landing spot on the practice squad. Late-round running backs are always worth a shot because it’s nearly impossible to predict which one will blow up once given an opportunity to play.

    Smallwood is an intriguing prospect to consider in the sixth round.

     

    *All Combine measurements courtesy of NFL.com.

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