NFL Mock Draft: Projecting Who the New York Giants Choose in Each Round

Collin BerglundCorrespondent IIIApril 25, 2011

NFL Mock Draft: Projecting Who the New York Giants Choose in Each Round

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    Matt Dodge inspired many Giants fans' to cringe, curse and even cry throughout the season.  It is no secret that Dodge is on the hot seat—and has been since he began his career as a Giant.  Dodge's struggles lasted all season, even before his fateful punt to DeSean Jackson in the last Eagles game.  At times, he struggled to catch snaps and had inconsistent hang time and length on his punts.

    The Giants will have another punter in camp next season—or there will be a riot in New York.  Donahue is considered the best punter in the draft, and because punters are rarely drafted high, he should still be there when the Giants make their final pick.

    Punting in New York is a high pressure gig, as Dodge proved last year.  The fans have a short leash—even if the coach doesn't.  It might not be the best position for a rookie, but if there are few other options, don't be surprised to see the Giants snag a punter late.

Round 1: Mike Pouncey (OL, Florida)

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    Former Florida interior lineman Mike Pouncey would be a perfect fit for the Giants at No. 19.  The Giants struggled with depth throughout last season at guard and center.

    Pouncey is the brother of Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, and the two were teammates at Florida.  If Mike comes close to his brother's NFL success, he is well worth a first-round pick.

    Rich Seubert and Shaun O'Hara are getting older, and Chris Snee needs help blocking in the middle of the Giants line.  Pouncey played guard for the majority of his career but transitioned to center his senior season.

    While Pouncey projects mostly as a guard in the NFL, his versatility could help him pick up playing time early in his career.  Having a lineman able to slide up and down the line as injuries occur is a luxury winning NFL teams often have.

Round 2: Ryan Williams (RB, Virginia Tech)

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    The Giants will be in the market for a running back this offseason with Ahmad Bradshaw's future in New York unclear.

    He is not under contract for 2011, and no negotiations for next season will occur until a new collective bargaining agreement is in place.

    The trend in the NFL is toward having two starting-quality running backs.  The Giants have Brandon Jacobs, but they need another.  Whether it was Ron Dayne and Tiki Barber, Derrick Ward and Brandon Jacobs or Jacobs and Bradshaw, the Giants have been following this practice for the better part of this century.

    Ryan Williams could be that back, or so could any of these players.  Although he missed part of last season with a hamstring injury, Williams was one of the best backs in the ACC in 2009.  Williams would provide a similar change-of-pace to a game as Bradshaw.  He has quick feet and is one of the more agile backs in the draft.

Round 3: Jarvis Jenkins (DT, Clemson)

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    It is no secret that the Giants have a uniquely deep defensive line; Barry Cofield and Chris Canty are solid defensive tackles.  It is also no secret, however, that Jerry Reese loves drafting defensive lineman.

    Reese also loves value—regardless of position.  This year's draft class has unique depth along the defensive line, and it is possible Jenkins, a top-10 defensive tackle in this year's draft, will fall to the Giants in the third round.

    Jenkins is a bit raw as a pass-rusher, but he has the mind and body to improve into a run-stuffing, pass-swatting NFL defensive tackle. 

    At this point, Giants fans are wondering where the linebackers are.  If the Giants can get good value on a linebacker (Akeem Ayers in the second), expect them to go for it.  But with the way the draft is likely to play out, it is unlikely a linebacker will fall to the Giants.

Round 4: Casey Matthews (ILB, Oregon)

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    The Giants need to upgrade their linebackers.  Many pundits think the Giants will use an early pick on someone like Akeem Ayers. 

    Linebacker has been a need throughout much of Jerry Reese's tenure.  He has often been reluctant to use high picks on linebackers.  

    This might be the year to change it, but the Reese has shown in previous drafts that he is not going to draft based on need.  Reese will take the best player available at whatever pick he is at, and the best linebacker value in this draft is likely to come in the middle and late rounds.

    Matthews already has a famous brother in the NFL in the Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews.  Casey does not project as the same type of NFL playmaker, but he would provide the Giants depth at linebacker.

    While Matthews is a knowledgeable player and a sure tackler, he doesn't have a lot of experience playing linebacker the NFL way.  At Oregon, Matthews blitzed often and rarely played coverage defense.

Round 6: Nate Irving (OLB, NC State)

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    Irving is generally projected as going slightly higher in the draft, but the Giants are hoping he will fall to them in Round 6.  

    After a car crash forced him to miss the entire 2009 season, Irving was first-team All ACC in 2010.  Irving has great speed and recognition, but he will have to hit the weight room hard to succeed in the NFL.

Round 6 (Compensatory Pick 1): Robert Housler (TE, Florida Atlantic)

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    The Giants are looking for a more dynamic receiver than Kevin Boss.  Housler is not a polished product, but he is at the higher end of tight ends expected to be picked on the third day.

    Despite his raw blocking skills, Housler has speed.  At 6'5", he has the frame to make plays at the next level.  Despite all his potential, many of his strengths were only shown in flashes.  

    In order for Housler to find NFL success, he will have to bring the same intensity to every play—regardless of if he is catching the ball or blocking a linebacker. 

Round 6 (Compensatory Pick 2): Josh Davis (OT, Georgia)

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    Davis is a 6'7", 331-pound behemoth who could help add depth to the outside of the Giants offensive line in 2011.  Davis was not a transcendent player in college (he lost his starting job for two games his senior year), but he has potential.

    Davis has good football knowledge and was often in the right place.  His biggest problem was his lack of strength in maintaining his blocks.  With his build, however, a strong weight training program could make him a competent NFL player.

Round 7: Ryan Donahue (P, Iowa)

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    Matt Dodge inspired many Giants fans' to cringe, curse and even cry throughout the season.  It is no secret that Dodge is on the hot seat—and has been since he began his career as a Giant.  Dodge's struggles lasted all season, even before his fateful punt to DeSean Jackson in the last Eagles game.  St times, he struggled to catch snaps and had inconsistent hang time and length on his punts.

    The Giants will have another punter in camp next season—or there will be a riot in New York.  Donahue is considered the best punter in the draft, and because punters are rarely drafted high, he should still be there when the Giants make their final pick.

    Punting in New York is a high pressure gig, as Dodge proved last year.  The fans have a short leash—even if the coach doesn't.  It might not be the best position for a rookie, but if there are few other options, don't be surprised to see the Giants snag a punter late.