Todd McShay 2011 NFL Mock Draft: McShay Pegs N.Y. Giants with OT Gabe Carimi
Todd McShay 2011 NFL Mock Draft Says Gabe Carimi Is Fit For New York Giants Offensive Line in NFL Draft
The New York Giants cannot afford to have another season like the one we saw last year, and the year before that, and the year before that too.
Since winning the Super Bowl, New York has not only failed to win a postseason game, but failed to make the playoffs in the last years as well.
Defensively the same problems plague this team over and over again. The linebacking unit desperately needs players inside and out, the secondary could use another talent because Aaron Ross apparently will never contribute the way he did as a rookie and Kenny Phillips was the not same after microfracture surgey.
Offensively they have seen one of the league's best offensive lines deteriorate before their eyes. Injuries, age and sloppy play has helped waste two of Eli Manning's prime years in this league.
McShay's Pick: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Scenario 1: This is right where we project Carimi, and he would make sense both on the field and financially. Taking him would allow the Giants to move David Diehl -- who is signed through 2013 and receives escalators from $750,000 to $1.1 million for every season he plays at tackle rather than guard.
Scenario 2: Pouncey, Tyron Smith or Castonzo would also be great picks here if available.
Scenario 3: If the scenarios above do not unfold, upgrading a need with Ingram or trading back and addressing linebacker needs later are possibilities.
I like the pick, but am not as confident with his performance.
Carimi is a great value for this team and he can help at a number of positions. However, I am not sure I believe in him ever developing as a franchise left tackle.
He's got the size, experience and toughness to make an immediate impact on this team, but I am not sure that it will be at left tackle.
Carimi peaks as a top-tier right tackle in my mind, and I do not mind that pick at all anyway because he can also slide inside.
If Smith, Pouncey or Castonzo were available they would all be selected before Carimi and if Ingram were available that would be an interesting decision to make.
The one linebacker worth noting is UCLA's Akeem Ayers, a player that can do everything well and is a great fit for the Giants.
I would have no problem with New York "reaching" for him here if they cannot find a partner to move down with.
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