Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New York Giants Can Take Several Routes at 2012 NFL Draft - Giants 101

The NFL Draft is just a little over 24 hours away. The New York Giants are in the enviable position of selecting as the defending world champions and will pick at the bottom of each and every round. More than any other year, the musings and rumors leading into this draft seem like a total smoke screen.

The National Football League logo is displayed near the stage during round one of the 2011 NFL Draft Pick at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. UPI/Monika Graff

Expect some jaw dropping scenarios to play out starting tomorrow and ending Saturday … Starting with the all important Thursday evening, here is a glimpse at how things could go down for New York. 

Round 1 Possibilities: Stanford TE Colby Fleener, Syracuse DE Chandler Jones, Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus, Baylor WR Kendall Wright, Boston College LB Luke Keuchly, Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill

Most likely pick based on availability: Mercilus 

Prediction: Georgia Tech WR Stepthen Hill

The first round is bound to feature a ton of shocking scenarios as per usual. Chandler Jones, Whitney Mercilus and Stephen Hill could be prime candidates for people to reach for. Keep an eye on how highly they go tomorrow.

Justin Blackmon, Micheal Floyd and Stephen Hill are all highly touted coming into this process and if there is one guy I think could slip through the cracks it is Hill and maybe Kendall Wright. Whichever is there I think the Giants will snag.

In a trade down scenario, look out for names like Alshon Jeffery or LSU's Reuben Randle as possibilities for the team in the early second round. Another Intriguing name is Boise State running back Doug Martin. Greg Cosell of did a mock draft based solely on where he ranked players in terms of skill, and he had New York taking Martin at 32. 

Cosell is a very forward- thinking guy and I highly respect his opinion so I think he is onto something there. 

Boise State Broncos running back Doug Martin (22) (L) gets a block from teammate Joe Kellogg (61) as he runs against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the second half of their NCAA football game in Landover, Maryland, September 6, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

On the other hand, in an interview on Sirius XM Radio, NFL Draft Guru Gil Brant, who accurately predicted the Jason Pierre- Paul selection, saw wide receiver as a strong possibility for New York, hence my pick of Stephen Hill. Passing offense and passing defense are always highly rated priorities for the New York Giants, hence the defensive ends and wide receivers being so highly rated on their board.

Round 2 Possibilities: Clemson TE Dwayne Allen, Clemson DE Andre Branch, Rutgers WR Mohamad Sanu, Zach Brown LB North Carolina, Miami RB Lamar Miller

Most likely pick based on availability: Miller

Prediction: Clemson DE Andre Branch

If the Giants do not address their front seven in the first round, look for them to do it here. Though running back and tight end remain the team's biggest "needs", in the immediate future, expect them to invest some picks in those areas later on.

Branch as well as  Zach Brown would both be great value picks in key spots, something Jerry Reese loves to find.

Round 3 Possibilities: Temple RB Bernard Pierce, Georgia CB Brandon Boykin, Montana CB Trumaine Johnson, Arizona State Cornerback Omar Bolden

Most likely pick based on availability: Pierce or Boykin

Prediction: Arizona State CB Omar Bolden

The Giants have been flirting with Bolden for some time and have had several visits with him. In recent years they have drafted a number of players whom they have visited with, hence why they keep pre draft visits so confidential. 

Bolden is a player whose physical skills are there, but he missed the 2011 season with an injury. At his pro day he showed that he was fully healthy and with his size and skill set, he could be a potential steal here. He works exceptionally out of the slot and understands both man and zone schemes. With Amukamara nursing a questionable foot, it is understandable that the Giants have stacked up on corner depth as not to rush Amukamara back. After last years disaster, it should come as no shock that the team adds another corner.

Round 4 Possibilities: Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray, Utah State RB Robert Turbin, LSU TE Deangelo Peterson, North Carolina State LB Audie Cole, Wake Forest WR Chris Givens

Most likely pick based on availability: Gray

Prediction: Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray and LSU TE Deangelo Peterson

The fourth round, finally the spot when the team addresses perceived "need" areas. Sounds about right. Peterson as well as Gray would add extra bodies on the roster where there aren't many to this point. The team has one tight end under contract past 2011. They will absolutely draft one here. 

Same as running back. With the team having injury plagued players Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and Danny Ware (concussions) at the top two spots and an unproven player in the 3rd spot, they need one.

Gray is a very solid all around back who catches the ball and makes things happen in the open field. Great skillset for Gerald Ingram to work with from day one.

Round 5: Traded for Keith Rivers

Rounds 6 and 7:

I am digging deep here but some names to keep an eye on are: Dan DiLella, QB, Albany; Cody Pearcy, WR, Huntington; Davin Megett, RB, Maryland and Joe Martinek, RB, Rutgers

All guys worth keeping an eye on.


Tags: Bernard Pierce, Chandler Jones, Colby Fleener, Football, Jerry Reese, Kendall Wright, Mohamad Sanu, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Omar Bolden, Stephen Hill, Whitney Mercilus

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