New York Giants 2012 Mock Draft: Updated Full 7-Round Predictions
Although it has been just one week since my most recent mock draft, the New York Giants have made multiple moves that will more than likely alter the direction they go in the 2012 NFL Draft.
They traded their fifth-round pick for outside linebacker Keith Rivers, signed former Houston Texans and New England Patriots corner Antwaun Molden, signed former Seattle Seahawks right tackle Sean Locklear and signed long time special teams and 2011 middle linebacker Chase Blackburn.
Despite most teams being relatively quiet, the Giants were fast at work last week, especially on Wednesday.
As such, I felt the need to update my mock draft. Here we go.
Round 1, Pick 32: Coby Fleener TE, Stanford
The New York Giants seemingly took care of a need when they signed Martellus Bennett to a one-year contract, but with so many questions surrounding Bennett, what's the harm in getting one of the best tight end prospects to come out in a long time?
Bennett has had laziness questions, questions about his commitment to the game and frankly not lived up to the hype of being a second-round pick.
The Giants do expect him to be a productive player, but the opportunity to take a player like Fleener does not come around very often.
If any of the top tier pass rushers the Giants love fall to them at 32, expect Reese to pull the trigger. Losing Dave Tollefson hurts the Giants' depth, but losing Osi Umenyiora next season would hurt even worse, as his contract is ending after 2012.
Round 2, Pick 63: Cam Johnson DE, Virginia
The Giants may not look like they have a need at defensive end on the surface, but Jerry Reese will not pass up an opportunity to keep his dominant defensive line as such in 2012— despite losing Dave Tollefson.
I like Johnson particularly because he fits better as the left defensive end, which would be behind Justin Tuck on the depth chart.
Johnson is solid against the run but could use some help developing as a pass rusher. He is a great teammate and versatile athlete. He played OLB and DE in college, and even played tight end, wide receiver and corner in high school.
May be a project in terms of starting, but someone that could help out and be a solid rotational player from day one.
Round 3, Pick 94: Robert Turbin RB, Utah State
The Giants have a huge hole to fill at running back, but find themselves in a dilemma with their first two picks. None of the projected running backs besides Trent Richardson hold value at No. 32, but Doug Martin, Lamar Miller and David Wilson are all good enough that they will likely be gone by the time the Giants draft at No. 63.
Robert Turbin is a sleeper pick with some serious strength, power and speed to be a complementary back to Ahmad Bradshaw.
Turbin seems to be the poor man's Richardson—a back that can do it all at the next level but is not the franchise back that Richardson is.
Still, the Giants are looking for someone to improve the short yardage game, for which Turbin will be a huge help.
Round 4, Pick 127: Nick Jean-Baptiste DT, Baylor
With the likely losses of Rocky Bernard and Jimmy Kennedy, the Giants could be looking for some depth at the defensive tackle position.
Jean-Baptiste was dominant at the East-West shrine game and looks like he could be a starting nose tackle at the next level.
The Giants love to rotate their defensive line, so adding someone is not out of the question despite having Chris Canty, Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin on the roster.
Round 4, Pick 131: Jeff Fuller WR, Texas A&M
The Giants might look to draft a wide receiver this year to help mitigate the loss of Mario Manningham, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
At first I was firmly against this idea, but the Giants have taken care of so many needs via free agency that it is conceivable to think they will draft a wide out.
Jeff Fuller's stock took a huge hit after the 2011 season. If he had come out after 2010, he would have been a first or second-round pick. Now he seems to be in the mid-round range for most, which could work to the Giants' advantage.
Fuller's production did take a dip in 2011, but he was battling multiple injuries, including a pulled hamstring and turf toe. Those two are some of the worst injuries for a skill position player to have.
For good measure, he also missed time due to a concussion.
He is a big-bodied receiver who is not afraid to go over the middle and is a good blocker on the outside. He plays faster than his speed indicates and works hard for jump balls.
Round 6, Pick 201: Will Blackwell G/C, LSU
The Giants will have position battles for multiple spots on the offensive line this offseason, including the left guard spot.
Will Blackwell was the center for the SEC Champion LSU Tigers and is a dominant inside run blocker the Giants could use to help rejuvenate their rushing attack.
He played both center and guard in college, so he could give the Giants some versatility in that regard. Kevin Boothe filled in admirably last season, but he is not the long term answer at left guard.
Round 7, Pick 239: Blake DeChristopher OT, Virginia Tech
The Giants may have severely lowered the possibility of drafting a tackle early in the draft, but that doesn't mean they should stop looking.
DeChristopher was the Jacobs award winner for best offensive lineman in the ACC and helped a unit that was dominant up front blocking for running back David Wilson.
He is a project in terms of pass blocking, but would be a good fit at right tackle.