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WCG Mock Draft - New York Giants

Dan Connor
Penn St.
ANALYSIS: Brian Brohm is still on the board eh? If the Giants had lost the Super Bowl there would probably be a considerable push to pick him here. Even with a ring I am sure there will be some people in Giants land who still don’t believe in Eli and there may be some booing on draft day when the Giants pick Dan Connor, LB from Penn State.

From NFLDraftcountdown:

Above average athleticism...Reliable tackler...Will deliver the big hit...Physical and aggressive...Adequate timed speed...Has sideline-to-sideline range...Does a solid job in coverage...Smart with excellent awareness and instincts...Versatile...A hard worker and leader...Intense and competitive with a non-stop motor...Tough...Has a lot of experience against top competition...Productive...Great program pedigree

His biggest weakness seems to be his size at 6’2’’ 231, and he has also been criticized for his mechanical motion and troubles taking on blockers head on. He also has some character concerns, albeit minor, as he made threatening phone calls to a former coaching assistant at Penn State, costing him a few games. I’m sure Coughlin can provide the proper screaming influence.

This pick could also be Jerod Mayo if the Giants do indeed pick linebacker here, but with both of them having similar strengths and weaknesses, I picked the kid and inch taller thinking he would have more of a frame to bulk up. Worth mentioning perhaps that in a similar situation, the SBN Giants blog also went with Connor when Phillips wasn’t available.

Either pick would be solid, and would fill a need for the defending champs.

The Giants are down a linebacker having lost two in free agency, Kawika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor; and picking up Danny Clark. Dan Connor is rated as the #1 or #2 depending on where you look. The Giants need help at nearly every position on the defensive side of the ball, and considering the possibility of a Michael Strahan retirement, the Giants stand a good chance at losing "linebacker" Mathias Kiwanuka back to the defensive line.

The Giants could also be drafting WR or CB here, and they also need some OL depth. The future of Shockey will also affect this decision. If the Giants thought they could pick up both Brandon Flowers and one of Mayo/Connor, in the early second round I wouldn’t be surprised to see them try to move up in the second.
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