New York Giants: 3 Players On My Wish List For The No. 19 Overall Pick
The New York Giants have a relatively easy task of filling holes this off season because frankly, they don't have many.
If you nit picked, you could maybe find five positions the Giants will need help with when it comes their time to draft at the No. 19 overall pick. I will narrow it down to three positions of need and one player from each position that are on my wish list for them to draft.
The draft strategy of Jerry Reese has typically been to draft a position of need (with the exception of last year when they drafted Jason Pierre-Paul because he was the best on their board) and then take the best available players in the later rounds.
I believe it will be the same this year, with the Giants maybe going all the way to the third day to draft need positions.
With that being said, here are my three players I would absolutely go crazy for if they fell in to the Giants lap, in no particular order.
Akeem Ayers OLB, UCLA
The thing about the strong side linebacker spot is that we don't really know what the Giants plan on doing with Keith Bulluck. He made it very clear at the end of the season that he has no plans to play in a limited role.
He feels he proved himself capable of being the full time starter at any of the three positions with his play this season.
I'm not so sure considering they didn't actually play him in a full time role, so his success may have been, and probably was, due to the fact that he wasn't pushed hard to play every down.
If the team decides to go in another direction, Akeem Ayers is a great solution.
Ayers is a fast linebacker who makes a living frustrating opposing quarterbacks. In his two years as a starter he totaled eight forced turnovers on his own with six of them coming by way of an interception.
He is a sure fire first round prospect, and might not even be available when the Giants pick. If he is, they may find it difficult to pass him up.
Nate Solder OT, Colorado
Although Nate Solder had a poor Senior Bowl, he still has a ton of film that shows he has a chance to be a very good player at the next level.
The Giants have some options at left tackle right now, but the starter David Diehl is over 30, Shawn Andrews has back problems, and Will Beatty would be better suited as a right tackle for the future.
The obvious point I'm making is that the Giants will have to start looking for the future option at left tackle in this year's or next year's draft. If they decide to make that a priority for this year's draft, I imagine they go with either Solder or Tyvon Smith from USC.
Personally, I like Solder.
Mike Pouncey OG/C, Florida
If you've read any of my stuff since the start of the year you know already that I have a man crush on this kid not only because he was an All-American as a right guard in 2009, but that he was an All-SEC selection at the center position in his only year as a starter.
Talk about versatility.
It also helps that his twin brother is currently playing for the AFC Champion Steelers and made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.
Although he could have been a second round pick last year, Mike decided to stay behind and get his degree (which I love) and it seems to have paid off. This year's offensive line crop is not as highly touted yet the needs are still out there.
The Giants definitely fall into that needs category with Rich Seubert and Shaun O'Hara having major surgeries this off season. Seubert already had surgery to repair a dislocated knee cap (the injury that kept Blake Griffin out for an entire NBA season) and O'Hara has had the first of two surgeries to repair lingering foot problems that forced him to miss 10 games.
I think it's safe to say the Giants need an insurance policy. Mike Pouncey is on your side (I apologize for the dumb Nationwide insurance commercial rip off, it is my failed attempt at humor/motivation to get you pumped up for this kid, he's my guy).