NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants All Rounds (Pre-Senior Bowl Edition)
The Giants have found themselves in a familiar position that they have been in every year except three; watching the Super Bowl on TV.
With football basically over for most fans, the attention turns to offseason and the NFL draft. This year could be different than most others due to the questions surrounding the labor agreement and a potential lockout looming.
The Giants' concentration on this year's draft is going to be the same as last year's—fill the few holes they have with the first couple picks and then find depth in the later rounds.
On the surface it doesn't seem as if the Giants are in need at that many positions, but if you look closely you can find several spots that need help with guys getting older and some maybe leaving through free agency (if the NFL and the NFLPA can ever agree on a new deal).
With that said, here is the Giants full mock draft. Keep in mind I'm using the current draft stock of these players which almost certainly will change with the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine still having to take place.
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Round 1, Pick 19—Mike Pouncey Guard/Center, Univeristy Of Florida
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According to ESPN's Mel Kiper, the Giants will take Mike Pouncey out of Florida. He released his first mock draft sometime last week, a week after I had gone on record with my Jan 11 Bleacher Report article saying I thought the Giants would take Pouncey.
The reason we are both on the same page is the Giants are getting old at every spot on the offensive line and more importantly, both the starting center and left guard are coming off major surgeries.
Rich Seubert had major knee surgery after dislocating his kneecap in the season finale and Shaun O'Hara had the first of two foot surgeries to repair lingering problems he had all season long that caused him to miss 10 games.
I think it's safe to say that with the Giants obvious emphasis on building their team from the trenches out coupled with the fact that this is a position of need, they will look for an interior lineman with this selection.
You'd be hard pressed to find a better one than Pouncey, who was an All-American right guard while playing next to his brother Maurkice (you know, starting center for the AFC Champion Steelers), and an All-SEC selection in his only season as the starting center.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Giants got Pouncey and he started right away, he is that type of talent.
Round 2, Pick 20—Ryan Williams RB, Virginia Tech
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The days of Brandon Jacobs in the Giants' backfield could be numbered. His up and down season was well chronicled and it ended with a down despite him having a terrific second half of the season as the starter.
He cussed out reporters as he was cleaning his locker and the Giants organization, known for its desire to rid the team of guys who don't want to be there, may have to oblige Jacobs if he wants to leave.
If they happen to hold on to Jacobs, then they have the task of signing Ahmad Bradshaw to a new contract, which could prove to be difficult with how great his season was. The Giants already have a ton of money invested in other franchise players, so if it is about money the Giants might not be able to match offers from other teams.
Either way the Giants will more than likely be looking for a running back, DJ Ware is not the answer.
Ryan Williams had an amazing 2009 season as the sole back for the Hokies (1655 yards, 21 touchdowns), but he split time in his final season. He will have to impress scouts at the combine if he wants to be considered a first round prospect, but at this point it's not out of the realm of possibility that he falls to this selection.
Round 3, Pick 19—Ross Homan OLB, Ohio State University
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The Giants may have a problem if they cannot convince Keith Bulluck to come back for a limited role again. He played very well this season, especially stopping the run, but expressed a serious lack of passion to play unless he was a full time starter.
He said he would rather retire than come back in the same role.
Well, the Giants have a reason for not playing him for every snap, and if he retires then they will need to get a replacement.
If they don't address this need earlier, I see Ross Homan as a fantastic consolation prize. As a senior he helped lead an Ohio State destructive defense that only allowed 94 yards per game on the ground.
The Giants already have Michael Boley in the weak side spot, so Homan would come in and be the strong side backer that is mainly responsible for run support. Homan was an All Big 10 selection two years in a row and a first teamer in 2010.
Round 4, Pick 20—Demarcus Love OT, Arkansas
It would be kind of cool to have college teammates anchor the left side of the Giants offensive line for 10 years wouldn't it?
If the Giants selected Demarcus Love, he and fellow Razorback Mitch Petrus would have a chance to do just that. Petrus got an opportunity to play this season with all of the injuries the Giants dealt with and played better than anyone could have expected.
The problem with Love is that he is very raw and needs to be coached up. Oh wait, that's not a problem, because the Giants still have David Diehl, Will Beatty, and Shawn Andrews, not to mention the best offensive line coach in the business.
If the Giants decide to go this route, they can develop Love into a great player, he has insane athleticism for his position and would be able to handle those quicker defensive ends that seemed to give Diehl fits (remember the Colts game? ouch).
Round 6, Pick 20—Ronald Johnson WR/KR, Southern California
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The Giants return game was atrocious this season. They need to find someone who's job in college was to return punts because Darius Reynaud was an absolute bust and will probably be cut this offseason.
Ronald Johnson not only provides a solid option in the return game, but he could eventually be used as a slot receiver. He has great speed and quickness and does a good job reading zone coverages.
He had 64 catches for 692 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010 to go along with 14.18 yards per return on punts with one score.
Round 7, Pick 19— Shaun Chapas FB, Georgia
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The Giants were forced to use a tight end as the fullback with Madison Hedgecock dealing with injuries (he wasn't all that great even while he was healthy). Bear Pascoe did not disappoint, but the Giants would like to have him more as a blocking tight end and use his hands in the passing game at times.
If they choose to go in another direction, Shaun Chapas is a fine selection. He is a typical full back for the NFL in that he was rarely used to carry the ball, but has hands good enough to be a threat in the receiving game.