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WCG Mock Draft - The New York Giants Select...


James Laurinaitis
Ohio State

ANALYSIS: Laurinaitis, Begrudgingly 

If the draft goes down like this, I don’t think the Giants will be very happy. I would suspect if they have a deal for a big time WR in front of them they would pull the trigger at this point and send this pick somewhere else. 

Although wide receiver is the biggest need, GM Jerry Reese, much like JA, won’t pigeon hole himself: “Whatever the situation, our first obligation is to try to improve the team; that means we will take the best available athlete, yes, and that means regardless of position.” Smokescreen or not, Reese proved they’ll draft best available when they picked up Kiwanuka despite having Strahan and Osi. As far as WR, Robiskie and Britt are available, but arguably should be classified as second round talent.  

Besides WR receiver, they have needs at LB, and could use depth at TE, RB an OL like everyone else. Two of their possible LB targets, Larry English and Clint Stinton should be available in the second round. Of those two I would go with Stinton since unlike English he has actually played some linebacker, more on that later. 

The problem is with the 45th and 60th overall, they are almost guaranteed to get one of these second round guys, but most likely not two. As far as needs go, not one of those guys is a definite first rounder, and any one of them could be classified as a bit of a reach. 

So looking at the WCG draft, the arguably best available are DE Maybin, TE Pettigrew, and CB Butler. Depending on what site you like the best; the CB and DE names can change, but the top three positions are the same. Pettirgrew is very similar to Boss, and the article below mentions they may like Jared Cook out of South Cackalacky in the late second or third round. Going with what Reese has said, they should pick up Darius Butler, at this point the (arguably) player available and 30-32 best player overall. The problem is they already have three good young corners. That being said, there is an interesting comment about Laurinaitis being better suited to play OLB due to his lack of brute strength and his good open field agility, if the Giants were to buy into that then he becomes a good pick to possibly stop gap the ILB position for Pierce, or he could become very good option at OLB. Obviously it’s risky to draft someone in the first round and put them in a different position, but I don’t think it’s too crazy to think JL could be a better option than Stinton or English. I think it will really come down to who the best player available is, and if it’s someone that fits a need at WR, OLB or OL, they will jump on that person, assuming they haven’t already traded away this pick. With the talent left, I say go with Laurinaitis and use the second round picks on a WR and depth at TE or RB (some sites show Donald Brown as the 28th best player overall). If there are any plans to stand up Kiwanuka, DE is a great option here as well. 

That all being said, I do think this might be the worst case scenario for the Giants, a lot of second round guys they like but no real standout first round talent left. I would be surprised if they reached on any of the second round guys, but you never know, they may really be sold on someone. 

Pick Team Player Drafter Analysis
1 Detroit Matthew Stafford McRipper Details
2 St. Louis Jason Smith TCBullFrog Details
3 Kansas City Eugene Monroe sabbath999 Details
4 Seattle Michael Crabtree ChiFan13, GeauxBears Details
5 Cleveland Aaron Curry junkhorse Details
6 Cincinnati Michael Oher GeauxBears Details
7 Oakland Jeremy Maclin luckie815 Details
8 Jacksonville B.J. Raji Sackman Details
9 Green Bay Brian Orakpo ChiFan13 Details
10 San Francisco Robert Ayers toghanmahwini Details
11 Buffalo Everette Brown tempchad Details
12 Denver Rey Maualuga ifuwannacrownem Details
13 Washington Andre Smith tommite622 Details
14 New Orleans Malcom Jenkins isuarch80
15 Houston Clay Matthews chase17
16 San Diego Tyson Jackson gillrowdy
17 NY Jets Josh Freeman Bearsguy34
18 Denver Peria Jerry ifuwannacrownem
19 Tampa Bay Mark Sanchez JerBear50
20 Detroit Lions William Beatty tempchad
21 Philadelphia Knowshon Moreno rahulsriram
22 Minnesota Darrius Heyward-Bey ChiFan13
23 New England Chris 'Beanie' Wells Chanman25
24 Atlanta Brian Cushing Bear_Down
25 Miami Sean Smith GeauxBears
26 Baltimore Hakeem Nicks ChiFan13
27 Indianapolis Percy Harvin shinons
28 Buffalo Eben Britton chcownthecentral
29 NY Giants James Laurinaitis mike b


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