There is little question there will be several new faces for that man in the picture to work with in 2010. Perry Fewell was hired as the defensive coordinator and rest assured they will be making some moves this offseason to fit his schemes.
This mock draft is after the Senior Bowl and is solely based on my evaluation of the New York Giants' most pressing needs. This will obviously change when the Giants start looking for free agents.
Keep checking back to see post-combine and pre-draft editions of this article, as well as just a couple of editions here and there as I feel the need to update.
Enjoy, and feel free to offer up some suggestions.
Brian Price is one of the most athletic defensive tackles in this year's draft. Despite being undersized, he has an incredible ability to move anyone around inside.
He finished the season with ridiculous numbers for a DT: 23.5 TFL and seven sacks. He was a First Team All-Pac-10 selection and will be a great addition to an aging middle of the line.
Other Possibilities: Taylor Mays, Earl Thomas, Brandon Spikes, and Sean Weatherspoon (Trade down), Dan Williams
Chad Jones did not really wow people at the Senior Bowl, but he did have a decent week of practice.
I am pretty firm in my expectation that the Giants will draft a safety with either their first or second round pick. I feel like they have the opportunity to get someone who will impact the entire defense with the first pick in Price, then get someone who will fit in Perry Fewell's system very well with the second round pick.
SEC defenders usually always transition well into the NFL, and Jones will team up with fellow Tiger Corey Webster to form a pretty solid defensive backfield barring catastrophic injury like we saw this year.
Jones is a very solid player and the Giants would be getting great value for this pick.
Other Possibilities: Kyle Wilson CB, Brandon Graham DE/OLB, and Mike Iupati OL.
Blount showed me he has the physical prowess and instincts to be a great player at the next level when I watched the Senior Bowl.
The way he was plowing through the line and running over people gets me fired up at the prospect of him coming in and learning behind fellow bruiser Brandon Jacobs.
It is unfortunate that Andre Brown never got a chance to prove himself, but the Giants should not pass up an opportunity to get a player like Blount, despite his character issues.
The Giants might also look for a linebacker in this round and could possibly trade up. If they do so, here are some prospects they may be looking at:
Jamar Chaney Miss. St, Pat Angerer Iowa, and A.J. Edds Iowa.
Other Possibilities for this pick: Javier Arenas CB, Selvish Capers OT, and Greg Hardy DE.
Sam Young played pretty well at the Senior Bowl, despite failing to fall on a fumble...that he fell on.
In case you missed the play, Tony Pike (or Sean Canfield, can't remember) fumbled and Sam Young got pushed onto the ball but was not touched and just let it sit, and the South players grabbed it.
Despite showing this lapse in judgment, he played well. He opened up gaping holes in the run game and protected the quarterback all game.
Young was a much higher prospect last year, but his bad senior year dropped him a couple of rounds. Often when that is the case, teams get great value for their pick.
Other Possibilities: Jerome Murphy CB.
John Jerry is a big guard that could sit for a year or two and learn behind Chris Snee and possibly David Diehl if the Giants get an offensive tackle earlier than round four.
Jerry was an All-SEC first team selection in 2009 and will hopefully solidify the guard position for the Giants for several years.
Other possibilities: Perry Riley OLB, Jeff Byers OG, and Austen Lane DE.
McCoy is an undersized prospect that started three years as an outside linebacker for the Vols.
People have concerns about his size, as he is only 220 pounds, but speculate that he could put on 10-20 pounds in a year or two and be ready to take on a starting role.
He could have an immediate impact on special teams, much like most second day picks.
Other possibilities: Brandon Sharpe DE, Jacob Hickman C, and Trindon Holliday WR/PR.
With Jeff Feagles not producing this year like he has in the past, it may be time for the Giants to consider another option. The best punters and kickers are available in this round, and the Giants just may need to snag one up here.
The other, more widely used option is to pass and just sign a rookie free agent after the draft.
That being said, I feel Tom Coughlin will want to take a punter because he knows the importance of field position and Boone was the best in the Big 10 this year.
Other possibilities: Leigh Tiffin K, Zoltan Mesko P, and Phillip Dillard ILB.