New York Giants Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 3 Predictions
After selecting Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple with the No. 10 overall pick on Thursday night, the Giants picked up Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard and Boise State safety Darian Thompson with their second- and third-rounds picks, respectively, on Friday night.
The Giants have three more picks to spend (no seventh-rounder) before the draft weekend comes to a close.
There are still a few big needs to address, so these final picks must be strategic. There's a lot of pressure on general manager Jerry Reese and the rest of the Giants front office to bring in a helpful draft class for rookie head coach Ben McAdoo.
Check out our big board of the top 100 remaining prospects on the next slide, then see who we've mocked to the Giants in Rounds 4-6. Be sure to share your opinion on what the team should do next in the comment section below.
Top-100 Big Board
A total of 98 players have been picked in the first three rounds. Below are the top 100 players who are still available.
Positions of need are weighted more than other positions on this big board. Since the Giants have already picked a cornerback, a wide receiver and a safety, the best players remaining at those positions have taken a tumble.
Jerry Reese and the rest of the Giants' brain trust won't stray far from their board on the last day of the draft. 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 as the weekend winds down.
Here's what ours looks like:
|2||Joe Haeg||OT||North Dakota State|
|4||Joshua Perry||LB||Ohio State|
|9||Kenneth Dixon||RB||Louisiana Tech|
|13||Landon Turner||G||North Carolina|
|19||Sheldon Day||DT||Notre Dame|
|22||Scooby Wright III||LB||Arizona|
|24||Willie Beavers||OT||Western Michigan|
|27||Joe Dahl||G||Washington State|
|28||Jerell Adams||TE||South Carolina|
|29||Pharoh Cooper||WR||South Carolina|
|30||Matt Judon||DE||Grand Valley State|
|34||Rashard Higgins||WR||Colorado State|
|37||Connor Cook||QB||Michigan State|
|39||Ronald Blair||DE||Appalachian State|
|45||Aaron Burbridge||WR||Michigan State|
|48||Tyler Ervin||RB||San Jose State|
|49||James Cowser||DE||Southern Utah|
|52||Dak Prescott||QB||Mississippi State|
|55||DeAndre Houston-Carson||S||William and Mary|
|58||Tyler Higbee||TE||Western Kentucky|
|60||Beau Sandland||TE||Montana State|
|61||Nick Kwiatkoski||LB||West Virginia|
|62||Miles Killebrew||S||Southern Utah|
|64||Jack Allen||C||Michigan State|
|65||Wendell Smallwood||RB||West Virginia|
|68||Anthony Zettel||DE||Penn State|
|70||Rees Odhiambo||G||Boise State|
|73||Ryan Smith||CB||N.C. Central|
|74||Fahn Cooper||OT||Ole Miss|
|75||Romeo Okwara||DE||Notre Dame|
|76||Temarrick Hemingway||TE||South Carolina State|
|77||Cardale Jones||QB||Ohio State|
|82||DeAndre Washington||RB||Texas Tech|
|84||Bryce Williams||TE||East Carolina|
|88||K.J. Dillon||S||West Virginia|
|92||Darius Jackson||RB||Eastern Michigan|
|93||Darrell Greene||G||San Diego State|
|96||Tyvis Powell||S||Ohio State|
|97||Dadi Nicolas||LB||Virginia Tech|
|100||Deon Bush||S||Miami (FL)|
Pick 109: Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
After missing out on the top offensive tackles in the first three rounds, the Giants must try to locate a starting-caliber prospect on the last day of the draft. Their next opportunity to do so will be in the fourth round, when they'll have the chance to select Joe Haeg.
Haeg went to an FCS school, North Dakota State, but the Philadelphia Eagles selected his college teammate, quarterback Carson Wentz, with the No. 2 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 60 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, No. 9 overall pick in 2015), left guard (Justin Pugh, No. 19 overall in 2013) and center (Weston Richburg, No. 43 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.
Haeg 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.
Pick 149: Tyler Matakevich, OLB, Temple
In last week’s mock draft, we had the Giants taking Tyler Matakevich in the fourth round. However, 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 Scouting 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.
Pick 184: Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State
Another team might take a chance on Judon before the Giants' pick in the sixth-round. However, if he's still available at Pick 184, they should not hesitate to snatch him.
Judon played Division II college ball, but his production was ridiculous. He recorded 81 tackles, 20 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2015.
Those statistics were enough to draw some attention and earn an invitation to the combine. Once he was there, there was no way to know Judon was a prospect from a Division II program.
Judon had NFL size at 6'3" and 275 pounds, with 33 7/8" arms ad 9 1/2" hands. He was a top performer at his position in the 40-yard dash (4.73 seconds), bench press (30 reps) and vertical jump (35 inches). Those numbers screamed stardom at the next level.
Although a pass-rusher this raw would be a heck of a project, selecting Judon is a risk that Reese should be willing to take. If he pulls it off, he'll look like a genius. And if it turns out to be a flop, all that is lost is a sixth-round pick.
The Giants could use another pass-rusher in the rotation. Behind Jason Pierre-Paul and free-agency acquisition Olivier Vernon, they do not have any proven depth. Judon could provide a helpful hand as a situational rusher in some sub-packages and help keep the starters fresh.
*All Combine results courtesy of NFL.com.
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