David Taylor steps up to the pseudo podium to make the next pick.
With the 19th pick in the Windy City Gridiron Staff Mock Draft, the New York Giants take...Nate Solder, OT, Colorado - And here is David's expert-like analysis:
I think the Giants are somewhat disappointed if the draft falls this way. Considering Shaun O'Hara (age 34 and coming off multiple surgeries) played a total of six games in 2010, I strongly feel that their main target is going to be Mike Pouncey, the Center from Florida.
Their second area of need is LB, and it wouldn't be surprising for them to draft that way, had Akeem Ayers been available. However, with Ayers off the board, the #19 pick would be an incredible reach for the next best available LB (Martez Wilson from Illinois or Bruce Carter from UNC).
That said, I think they take Nate Solder, OT from Colorado. Solder is a beast of a man, who's said to have good athleticism, mechanics and explosion off the snap. His weaknesses are easily fixed by visiting a weight room on a regular basis. Solder will be a quality NFL player, who will fill a need for the G-men.
And while the line was adequate in 2010, and David Diehl or Will Beaty would be fine, Solder could be the franchise LT needed to keep their franchise QB upright for years to come. If Solder does get picked at 19, expect Coughlin to slide Diehl inside to right guard, supplanting the 10-year veteran, Rich Seubert, coming off shoulder surgery.
Ironic thing is... Center was a position of need last year, and Mike Pouncey's twin brother (Maurkice) was available when the Giants picked at 15. Instead, they chose a DE in Jason Pierre-Paul. While Pierre-Paul had a decent rookie season, Maurkice had a Pro-Bowl year and was selected second-team All Pro. If they had drafted for need last year, they could easily pick best player available this year in Da'Quan Bowers, the DE from Clemson, who could bring the fear back to the vanted Giants' Defense.
Next up making the 20th selection in the WCG Staff Mock Draft is Dominique picking for the 'Bucs.
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