Mike Pouncey, G/C Florida, 6'4", 310, 4.95 40: Similarly gifted twin brother of Steeler center Maurkice Pouncy. Second-team All-SEC selection, he started every game at center in 2010 and made 41 total career starts between center and guard with four more on the defensive line.
He was part of an offensive unit that paved the way for four 300-yard rushing efforts in 2010, one of only six BCS teams to accomplish that feat. Great athlete, strong run blocker, showed great quickness in pass protection as well.
Had a few errant snaps early in 2010, but that's just about the only knock against him—which is negligible.
A projected first-round pick, top of the second round latest, the Giants would have to really love Pouncy to grab him at 19.
Stefen Wisniewski, G/C, Penn State, 6'3", 306, 5.05 40: Wisniewski is probably the best natural center in this draft class, and with the possible exception of Pouncey, the best fit at the position at the pro level.
He's got a sturdy base and really locks into defenders. He is quick out of his stance and shows above-average agility making him a fit for any system. He also shows a good bit of smarts making him capable of reading blitzes and calling protections at the pro level. His uncle was a long-time All-Pro center for the Raiders, and Wisniewski seems to have inherited the family talent.
Will probably fall into the second round; could be there when the Giants pick 48.
John Moffit, G/C, Wisconsin, 6'5", 320, 5.15 40: A bit of a project, but big John Moffitt out of ground-it-out-factory Wisconsin could be a nice depth player with upside potential. Two-time All Big Ten first teamer, played a year at center before moving over to guard the last two seasons.
Would make for a nice fourth or fifth round pick.
Offensive Tackle: There are five offensive tackles currently rated in the top 30 or so available in the 2011 draft. Anthony Costanzo out of B.C., has gotten most of the early hype, but right behind him, you have 6'5" Tyron Smith out of Southern Cal, 6'8" Nate Solder out of Colorado, 6'7" glass eater, Gabe Carimi out of Wisconsin and 6'5", three-year SEC starter out of Mississippi State, Derek Sherrod.
We really like Carimi, but at 19, all of the aforementioned are reach picks for the Giants.
Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU, 6'5", 315, 4.9 40: In every draft, there's at least a couple of kids with all the talent of those more highly rated at their respective positions, and that's how we see LSU product Joseph Barksdale.
He's a powerhouse with long arms, great technique, lateral mobility and superior hand strength. More so projected as a right tackle a year behind Reggie MacKenzie, this kid could be a great bookend to Will Beatty for years to come.
If the Giants don't go after Pouncy or Wisniewski higher up, Barksdale could be a third or fourth round steal.