2011 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting All Rounds for the New York Giants
Here we are again with another installment of my mock draft for the New York Giants. Unfortunately, I believe my first round pick that I've been pleading for all year long is going to be selected before the Giants pick at No. 19.
I have made changes to the early rounds as a result, which then caused me to make changes to all the rest of the picks.
As you all know by now, the Giants need to get younger on the offensive line and find an outside linebacker that can come in and be an impact player immediately.
If you've been following my previous mocks, you'll notice I've changed my philosophy with the later rounds drastically from what I had been doing, but we're starting to get a feel for where guys are going to go now with most of the Pro Days finished.
With that said, here is my mock draft.
P.S. I will be including comments on some of the other Bleacher Report writers for the first round pick and linking their articles, not only to get another perspective, but to also show some love to the very talented guys we have covering the draft.
Round 1, Pick 19: Anthony Castonzo OT, Boston College
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.
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."
Round 2, Pick 20: Rodney Hudson OG/C, Florida State
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Pick Changed from Marvin Austin
It is very possible that the Giants could use their first two picks on an offensive lineman. General Manager Jerry Reese has shown in the past that he places a huge emphasis on making the Giants one of the top teams along the line of scrimmage.
It's a reason they've been consistently good over the past few years; they've had elite defensive and offensive line play.
I really would like to see the Giants take Bruce Carter here, but I don't see him making it this far in the second round. They could also take a defensive tackle if they have any doubts about retaining Barry Cofield, who has stated publicly he will not sign the one year tender offer he received prior to the lockout.
Hudson is an insurance policy for Rich Seubert, who is entering his 11th season coming off major knee surgery that won't allow him to begin running until late July.
He is also a damn fine player who the Giants could groom into the starting center at some point down the road. He won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy two years in a row—given to the ACC's best offensive lineman—and was a unanimous First Team All-American in 2010, drawing only one penalty flag all season long.
Hudson will be taken after Mike Pouncey, but he has the potential to be just as good, if not better.
Round 3, Pick 19: Luke Stocker TE, Tennessee
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Pick Changed from K.J. Wright
The Giants have a need at fullback and tight end, but could kill two birds with one stone by drafting Stocker in the third round, allowing Bear Pascoe to remain the team's starting fullback.
He wasn't used all that much in the Vols' offense, but had a very solid season in 2010 and looked like one of the better athletes at the position at the combine. He improved his 40-time at Tennessee's Pro Day and is considered by many to be the second best tight end in the draft.
However, I see teams being enamored with Jordan Cameron and Kyle Rudolph's athleticism, so I believe they will both be taken before Stocker. Not all that many teams will be looking for a tight end in the first two rounds, so Stocker falling here is very possible.
Round 4, Pick 20: Ross Homan OLB, Ohio State
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Pick Changed from Noel Devine
Homan is the perfect fit for what the Giants are looking for in an outside linebacker; someone who can come in and be an immediate impact player on the strong side of the defense who is a terrific run stopper.
I can't figure out why Homan is a day three prospect, other than teams are worried about the concussion he suffered in 2008 and the turf toe injury that kept him out of most of the 2007 season.
These are not injuries to be worried about, as he most played through them—other than turf toe since the team medically red shirted him that year. He is a very tough player and will be a great asset to the already good Giants defense.
In 2009, he played the full season and had 108 tackles, two sacks, and five interceptions and was Second Team All Big 10. In 2010, he missed two games with a sprained foot but still registered 72 tackles, two forced fumbles, one sack, one interception, and was awarded First Team All-Big 10 honors.
Homan showed great toughness playing through all these injuries, and was a vocal leader for the Buckeyes in 2010; he is a steal in this round.
Round 6, Pick 20: Greg McElroy QB, Alabama
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Pick Change from Buster Skrine
McElroy doesn't have the best arm, the quickest feet, or the fastest release, but he does have the smarts and decision making ability that most teams covet from their quarterbacks.
He nearly aced the Wonderlic test, scoring 48 out of a possible 50 points, by far the best in the class. He also proved during his career at Alabama that he was smart on the field as well, making smart throws and rarely turning the ball over.
In his two years as the starting quarterback, he threw 37 touchdowns to only nine interceptions, as well as a completion percentage of 60.9 and 70.9. Oh yea, he also won a national championship.
In those 27 games, he threw more interceptions than touchdowns only twice, and this was against SEC defenses.
The Giants seem to like those qualities he possesses, ones that aren't exactly measurable at the combine, and have met with McElroy already and had him work out for them.
Seems to me they will try and get him if he is available in Round 6.
Round 6, Pick 33: Buster Skrine CB, UT—Chattanooga
Move Skrine here in place of previous pick Zane Taylor
Buster Skrine is a developmental project at corner at best, but his 4.29 40-time at the combine looked pretty sweet. His coverage skills are average at best, but I imagine Perry Fewell could teach the kid a thing or two.
If anything else, he provides the Giants with a return man with blazing speed that can change a game with one play.
Round 6, Pick 37: Aldrick Robinson WR, SMU
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Pick Change from Charlie Gnatt
With so many receivers getting hurt last season, the Giants might want to draft one just in case they don't have enough bodies at training camp to play receiver. Ramses Barden claims to be healthy and Steve Smith's rehab is on schedule, but you just never know what might happen.
Robinson is not the biggest guy (5'10", 182 lbs), but he has good speed and quickness that could potentially make him an option in the return game.
He also shows good instincts against zone coverage and could be a slot receiver at some time in the future.
Round 7, Pick 19: Derek Epperson P, Baylor
Pick Change from Anthony Sherman
Matt Dodge was terrible last season and may have cost the Giants the game against the Eagles when he inexplicably punted the ball to DeSean Jackson rather than out of bounds, despite being told to do the latter.
He claims that the snap was high and therefore his priority was to avoid the blocked punt, which caused him to forget about where he needed to punt the ball and just got it off.
He actually shouldn't have even been in that position considering the Giants blew a 21-point lead in eight minutes.
However, he was awful in more than just that game. So often he would boom the ball from his own 30 and kick it into the end zone, but then from his own 10 he would shank it 25 yards and give opponents great field position.
He also almost never pinned teams deep when he was punting from around midfield. Basically it was a perfect storm of suck.
The Giants will either draft one of the top guys or sign someone as a free agent after the draft; either way they are going to have a battle for the position during camp.