Pick Changed from Mike Pouncey
I've started to warm up to the idea of the Giants spending this pick on Anthony Castonzo. Not only because he has ties to Tom Coughlin (Coughlin used to coach BC), but also because he is a very talented and durable player. He started three straight seasons at left tackle for the Golden Eagles.
Also, I've started to get the feeling that Mike Pouncey won't make it past the Dolphins and Patriots, so I'd like to be as realistic as possible when creating this mock draft.
Castonzo plays with a mean streak and is the best pass blocker of this year's class. If you need any proof, just watch the video of him versus top 10 pick Robert Quinn.
The Giants have David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie as their current tackles, who will be 31 and 32 when the season gets under way. They still have one, maybe two good years left in them, but Castonzo will be the left tackle for the future.
In the very near future, Castonzo can move inside and play left guard if they Giants don't get Rich Seubert healthy in time for the start of the season. Shaun O'Hara is expected to be back healthy by the time training camp is scheduled to take place, so they won't need to reach for one of the second round prospects at center here.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller: Gabe Carimi OT, Wisconsin
"Injuries decimated the Giants offensive line this year, but this also exposed weaknesses and areas of need. No position needs more attention than offensive tackle.
Carimi is slightly underrated by NFL analysts and TV scouts, but having seen him first-hand numerous times, it is hard to not be impressed with Carimi's ability on the blind side.
He is a dominant force in the run game, and he has the tools to become an elite pass protector."
Bleacher Report's Brian DiTullio: Nate Solder OT, Colorado
Bleacher Report's Erik Frenz: Mike Pouncey OG, Florida
"The jury is out as to just how versatile Pouncey is. Some believe he can shift back and forth with ease between guard and center in the NFL, while others believe he is simply a guard. Either way, his presence will add a great deal to that power running game the Giants love.
Shaun O'Hara's career is on the downswing and Rich Seubert is often injured. Getting a young, fresh body to lead the interior of the Giants offensive line should be a top priority in April's draft."