2010 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants Pre-Combine Edition
With The Senior Bowl coming up this weekend, NFL Draft Fever has just begun.
With The Giants season having been over for nearly a month already, Giants fans have had plenty of time to think about the prospects of 2010, however bleak they may be.
In his first session with the media, new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was asked what a "Giant" linebacker looked like.
His answer: Lawrence Taylor.
Fewell added: I have a lot of confidence our personnel staff will bring in linebackers that fit the mold, that fit the Giant mold.
Right now that mold is shaped like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Excuse me, I meant Antonio Pierce.
No matter what the fans think of the current state of Big Blue's linebacking core, defensive tackle play is very important.
Without that, not even Ray Lewis would look good.
Fear not Giants fans, all needs get addressed.
Round 1: Trade down with Cincinnati, Giants select Brandon Spikes
I believe that The Giants will do everything in their power to sign Karlos Dansby. He is a veteran and a scheme diverse linebacker.
Even if they do bring him in, I believe Brandon Spikes is New York's guy in round one.
Dansby can play the strong side and Spikes the middle.
Fewell's defense is very reliant on great linebacker play and I believe that the linebacking unit will get totally revamped.
Even if Dansby is not signed, Spikes is an incredibly passionate player who is dedicated to the success of his team. He was an amazing leader for Florida in his time there.
In the trade with Cincy, The Giants grab their second rounder.
Round 2a. Giants select Mike Iupati
Iupati may be the best interior linemen in the draft. Much like when The Giants selected Chris Snee, he will be an incredible value at his spot.
He also has the potential to play right tackle at the Pro level.
With youth like Iupati and Beatty, The Giants offensive line may be back to its old form before we know it.
Running the ball was a major part of the 2008 dominance, and in my opinion, re-discovering that run game is just as important as defense if The Giants want to win another championship. The best way to slow down some of the offenses in today's league is to keep them on the sideline.
Round 2b. Giants select Arthur Jones
Arthur Jones is a monster defensive tackle for Syracuse who consistently broke through double teams.
In 2008, Jones had 60 tackles, 13 for a loss, along with 3.5 sacks. The type of penetration Jones gets consistently is what The Giants need on their defense.
Jones may be selected higher than this, and If the Giants choose to stand pat in round 1, I would move up in round 2 to secure Jones. Offensive line can wait.
Round 3. Major Wright
Major Wright is a great safety with serious range that I believe will blossom into a better pro player than he was a college player.
Wright was solid at Florida, recording 150 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, and 8 interceptions.
I would also consider spending this pick in order to get Bills safety George Wilson in free agency, who knows Fewell and had over 100 tackles and 4 interceptions this past season.
Plenty of options for The Giants at this point in time.
Round 4. Giants select Legarrette Blount
Most famous for knocking someone out in a post game fight, Blount is actually a pretty good running back.
With Jacobs future always in doubt due to injury, should he be released by New York (which I doubt highly and don't personally advocate, but I think people are underestimating the impact of having no cap consequences for cutting people this offseason. That may be the biggest impact the "uncapped year" has).
The Giants must do everything in their power to get their running attack back on track next season.
Rounds 5-7 Candidates
Wr/Rb- Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss
LB- Lean Lee, Penn State
SS- Larry Asante, Nebraska