2011 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Thinks New York Giants Will Draft Gabe Carimi
Todd McShay's 2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Giants Bolstering Their O-Line
By the end of the 2010 season, the New York Giants' offensive line was basically in pieces. Several key linemen suffered injuries, and the Giants now find themselves in desperate need for able bodies as a result.
Provided they don't make a deal, the Giants are going to have the No. 19 pick on Thursday night, and they should be able to draft one of the top O-line prospects. Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo could be available, but ESPN's Todd McShay has the Giants taking Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi in his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft (can only be accessed with ESPN Insider).
As far as McShay is concerned, Carimi is the safe pick for the Giants:
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.
At 6'7" and upwards of 310 pounds, Carimi definitely has the size to survive in the NFL. The only real red flag is that he's not the best player when it comes to pass protection. But seeing as how he played in a very run-heavy offensive at Wisconsin, this isn't all that surprising. He should be fine with a little seasoning.
Personally, I think Carimi would be a bit of a reach But if the Patriots go for Castonzo at No. 17 like McShay thinks they will, the Giants are not going to have better options.
My Pick: Anthony Castonzo
If the Patriots pass on Castonzo, the Giants will gladly take him.
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