The NFL Draft is on the clock. Just 24 days away, all 32 teams will flock to Radio City Music Hall in New York City to draft the best talent available out of college.
With the location of the draft in their backyard, the New York Giants will be looking to make major additions to their 2013 roster.
Many Giants fans all over have discussed the endless possibilities of what they can do with their 19th pick in the first round. Is it offensive line? Defensive end? Linebacker? Cornerback? Safety?
So, with the month being shaped towards the draft on April 25, this is the latest Giants 101 Mock Draft.
Round 1, No. 19 Pick: Arthur Brown, MLB, Kansas State
The Giants have Dan Connor and Mark Herzlich, but best are suited to be backups rather than a starter. With Brown, he would add some speed in the middle of the linebacker unit along with some aggressiveness and play-making ability.
Round 2, No. 49 Pick: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Giants have 4/5 of their offensive line set with Will Beatty at left tackle, Kevin Boothe at left guard, David Baas at center and Chris Snee at left guard. The Giant kept David Diehl, but he’s best suited to be a backup and provide depth. Adding a massive body (6’5, 340 pounds) at the right side would help a unit that struggled down the stretch in 2012
Round 3, No. 81 Pick: Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
The Giants need to stress offensive line in this draft, which is why you see back-to-back offensive line picks. Alvin Bailey would provide depth in 2013 as he wouldn’t have to start right away and can get a year under his belt while learning in Pat Flaherty’s system. If Boothe walks away after 2013, Bailey could step in and be the starter in 2014.
Round 4, No. 116 Pick: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
The Giants depth at cornerback was a mess in 2012. They lost Terrell Thomas for the season, but will be back in 2013, but he could move to safety if needed. Also back is Aaron Ross after a year in Jacksonville. Corey Webster took a pay cut to stay on, so drafting McFadden would provide depth and help along with Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley, who are still in their developmental stages right now.
Round 5, No. 145 Pick: Mallicah Goodman, DE, Clemson
The Giants lost Osi Umenyiora to the Falcons in free agency which most fans knew was coming as the 10-year veteran was looking for a chance to start again. Mathias Kiwanuka could be moving back from linebacker to defensive end, but even with that, Justin Tuck is in a make-or-break-season and has to show that he can stay healthy. Depth is always needed with the defensive line, and adding Goodman behind Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Kiwanuka would provide that depth and let him learn from three good pass rushers.
Round 6, No 177 Pick: Cory Grissom, DT, South Florida
The Giants cut loose Chris Canty after four seasons but signed Cullen Jenkins to a three-year deal early on in free agency. Adding Jenkins in with Shaun Rogers and Linval Joseph will make a solid defensive tackle trio. The Giants also have Markus Kuhn and Marvin Austin, but both are unproven. The 6’3″, 316-pound Grissom would challenge those two for playing time and a spot on the depth chart as he can not only stuff the run, but get to the quarterback as well.
Round 7, No. 209 Pick: Demontre Hurst, CB, Oklahoma
The Giants really need to target secondary, especially if both Webster and Thomas aren’t back after 2013. Along with the fourth round pick of McFadden, Hurst would also give the Giants some much needed depth as a seventh-round pick. Probably wouldn’t start unless injuries occured.
Round 7, No. 253 Pick: Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech
This was the pick that was awarded to the Giants back on March 19, so they will have eight overall selections in the draft. The Giants are likely saying goodbye to Ramses Barden after four unproductive seasons, as well as Domenik Hixon, who is likely being replaced on the roster by Louis Murphy. Fuller is an average-sized receiver (6’2″, 196 pounds) but was one of the Hokies most productive receivers in 2012. Another receiver in the Giants high-octane offense certainly could not hurt.
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