2011 NFL Mock Draft: Do the New York Giants Select Mike Pouncey or Akeem Ayers?

Robert QuinnCorrespondent IApril 12, 2011

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Linebacker Akeem Ayers #10 of the UCLA Bruins in the game with the Houston Cougars at the Rose Bowl on September 18, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  UCLA won 31-13.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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With the 2011 NFL Draft just around the corner, the New York Giants are just a few key pieces away from contending for another Super Bowl Championship.

Led by superstar quarterback Eli Manning, along with defensive All-Stars Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, the Giants have the nucleus they need to win, as shown by their 10-6 2010 record.

However, struggles on the offensive line and an aging linebacking corps led to disparity and inconsistency throughout the year.

Guard Rich Seubert is 32 and center Shaun O'Hara is 33, and it's becoming obvious that the Giants need to go younger on the offensive line.

Behind the strong defensive line stands an unimpressive group of Michael Boley, Jonathan Goff, and Keith Bullock.

So with the No. 19 overall pick in this year''s NFL Draft, do the New York Giants address the offensive line, or do they add a playmaker on defense?

Florida center Mike Pouncey is a strong and promising prospect, and could immediately compete for a starting job at guard, before sliding in to center.

Pouncey is strong and agile, and would be an improvement in pass blocking and in the run game, where he consistently gets to the second level, to assist Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.

Bradshaw and Jacobs combined for over 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns last year, but the offensive line didn't create enough holes, and they weren't able to keep a solid pocket for Eli Manning.

Another prospect that the Giants may take a look at is UCLA Bruin Akeem Ayers. At 254 pounds, many scouts project him as a 3-4 rush linebacker, but he has the versatility to play both inside and outside in the 4-3, and he brings the athleticism that the Giants lack.

In his three years at UCLA, Ayers racked up over 170 tackles, over 20 of them for a loss, along with six interceptions, two of which he returned for a score.

Ayers is solid in his coverage, which is overlooked because of his upside as a pass rusher, and the Giants need someone who can cover inside receivers and tight ends.

If you are the Giants, do you take Mike Pouncey or Akeem Ayers at No. 19?