This article will not offer the in-depth analysis that my previous articles did, because at this point, you have heard enough information to decide whether or not you like each draft prospect.
The Giants have no one's selections but their own this year, or at least have one in every round; no more, no less. Generally you go into a draft with a plan and it seems like Big Blue's is simple: Get guys to help win a championship now.
However, you never know what Jerry Reese could be thinking. He could trade away our first- or second-rounders to pick up more selections. This strategy helps in the long run, but I can guarantee it won't be popular until next April.
The counter of that ideology would be to trade future considerations to move up in rounds or get more picks. I would love it if we did this in the second round in order to get first-round talent with our first two selections.
However, it is my gut feeling that the draft is deep enough that if the team were to stay put at all levels, then a solid player could be found in every round.
That being said, here are my predictions of how the draft will go for Big Blue. You'll notice it is quite different from the last one.
I've pretty much narrowed this down to five possibilities: McClain, C.J. Spiller, Sean Weatherspoon, Dan Williams, or Taylor Mays.
The Broncos trading away Brandon Marshall means they will more than likely pursue Dez Bryant, so this pick depends on how much the Broncos actually love McClain.
Hopefully it isn't enough for them to ignore the fact that they no longer possess a No. 1 wide receiver.
How awesome would it be to have a linebacker in New York with the same last name as the main character from the Die Hard movies, who just so happened to be in the NYPD.
Geno Atkins had a great Senior Bowl; he was basically unblockable. Oh, and did I mention he was being blocked, or at least trying to be blocked, by Mike Iupati, first-round prospect out of Idaho?
Atkins is a bit undersized, but he is exactly what the Giants need. He will put pressure on QBs up the middle and provide adequate-to-good run support.
Barry Coefield, Jay Alford, and Chris Canty are all pretty solid players, but having depth in the middle is never a bad thing. Hey, they used a second-rounder on Will Beatty last year and OL was considered a strength.
Atkins's 4.75 40 time at 295 pounds is pretty amazing as well.
Other options: Jamar Cheney, ILB; Brandon Spikes, ILB; Jered Veldheer, OT
This is an exact replica of the last mock I did. The only thing that has changed since I did my last mock is that Tate has erased notions of falling past the third round with a great Pro Day.
In my article about the combine, I mentioned how I hadn't see the combine dominated by anyone like Tate did. Here were his measurables, along with how they ranked among tailbacks:
40-yard Dash—4.43s (3rd)
Bench Press—26 reps (1st-T)
Vertical Leap—40.5" (2nd)
Broad Jump—10'4" (1st-T)
20-yard Shuffle—4.12s (2nd)
This is coming from a guy who went up against SEC defenses each weekend and succeeded; you have to combine that with these measurables and instantly believe he will be a great pro player.
Other Possibilities: LaGarrette Blount, RB; Javier Arenas, CB; Toby Gerhart, RB; John Jerry, OG
Washington is an interesting prospect. Many consider him to be a first-round prospect, but there is a red flag from his past that I won't get into. If you wish to look it up, feel free.
That being said, his 6'6", 311 pound frame and intangibles make him a project worth taking a risk on. He and Will Beatty would make a solid foundation of protection for Eli Manning, as well as give the team a backup for Kareem Mackenzie if he gets hurt again.
Abilene Christian is probably familiar to you; Chicago Bears players Danieal Manning and Johnny Knox, as well as Cincinnati RB Bernard Scott, attended the school.
I thought about changing this pick to another DE, but I couldn't justify it. He is a great prospect at this juncture and would add even more depth to an already deep position. Here is the report I did in my previous article:
Something I've noticed is that GM Jerry Reese makes a point to keep a stud defensive line. They might have been so in 2009 had Osi not come back so poorly from the surgery and Tuck not been hurt in Week Two on a dirty play by Flozell Adams.
Also, Chris Canty being hurt basically all year and not playing until late in the season didn't help.
Bottom line: Osi wants out and the Giants will respond by adding depth.
Te'o-Nesheim impressed at the combine and is slowly creeping up draft boards. His 4.72 40 time will impress most scouts, and his on-field production isn't exactly unworthy of the selection.
He had eight or more sacks in every season he started. Add 3-4 games as per the NFL season and that translates to double digits.
Other Possibilites: Sam Young, OT; Rennie Curran, OLB; Jeff Byers, OG
The second coming of Darren Sproles, and he won't even have to run the ball to be effective. Holiday is a super track star and could provide the Giants something they haven't had in a long time: a decent return game.
The question becomes, "Will the Giants actually use a draft pick on someone who offers nothing else?" He was used all over the field in college, but he probably won't be able to make much difference in the NFL standing 5'5'' and 161 lbs—other than returning of course.
The answer is yes. Coughlin loves to play the field position game and the Giants have the luxury of not really having a bunch of holes to fill after getting Antrell Rolle.
People questioned Darren Sproles's worth coming into the NFL, and he has proved to be a valuable asset to the Chargers' offense. Holiday could bring that to the Giants.
Other options: Scott Long, WR; Keaton Kristick, OLB; Eric Cook, C
In my first ever Giants mock, I had McCoy in the sixth round, but it became clear to me now that the Giants can get him in the seventh, and probably won't take a kicker or punter since they are working out free agent kickers and re-signed punter Jeff Feagles.
McCoy was great for the Vols last season, but does not possess great size for an OLB to succeed in the NFL. If he could put on pounds of muscle he is an interesting project.
In the short term he will help in special teams and compete for a roster spot for sure. His skills are just too high-level to ignore him due to size.
Other options: Leigh Tiffin, K; Ryan Stamper, OLB; Kevin Matthews, C.
(GIG EM! I would love it if the Giants got Kevin Matthews, son of former Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews...and he happens to have gone to Texas A&M. I bleed Maroon!)