Predicting who the New York Giants will take in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft is more a guessing game than anything else as Big Blue prepares to host the Dallas Cowboys on the final Sunday in November. This isn't because those putting mock drafts together before Thanksgiving don't know what they're talking about. The once 0-6 Giants have won four straight, and they would be one game back in the division standings if they beat the Cowboys on Sunday.
Here are some predictions based upon where the Giants are right now, and also where they may be come the end of December.
2014 New York Giants NFL Mock Drafts (November 22 edition): Shutdown Corner
First round pick: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama: Think that the Giants need to strengthen the linebacker position? It seems that you're not alone. Eric Edholm of Shutdown Corner, who sees New York picking at 9, also noticed the big hole in the defense of the G-Men.
Jon Beason has been a revelation for head coach Tom Coughlin since joining the Giants in October. Odds are that he isn't the answer for the long-term. That's where Mosley, who will hopefully be a cornerstone of that part of the d', comes in.
2014 New York Giants NFL Mock Drafts (November 22 edition): Walter Football
First round pick: Mosley
Walter Football has some faith in Big Blue, placing New York down at the 15 overall spot in the 2014 draft. One idea floated out in that piece was that linebacker is the overall weakest position on the roster. Those of us who watched the offensive line of the Giants in the first six weeks of the 2013 campaign may beg to differ. Nevertheless, the team could do worse than Mosley.
2014 New York Giants NFL Mock Drafts (November 22 edition): Bleacher Report
First round pick: OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee: Like Walter Football, Matt Miller over at Bleacher Report has the Giants picking at 15th overall. Opposite of the two lists mentioned above, Miller thinks that New York should focus on the other side of the football. Fixing the offensive line is unquestionably a must for New York this offseason.
Richardson, as Miller points out, will be a work in progress. You can't teach 6-6, 327 pounds, nor can you teach his athleticism and strength. The only thing that makes me a doubter about this pick is that the Giants have a history of going with best player available in the first round, even if that doesn't always mean immediately filling a hole. Richardson would, according to most mock drafts I've seen, not fit that role.
First round pick: OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo: Both Rang and Brugler over at CBS agree that the Giants will have the eighth overall selection, and that they'll go with Mack from Buffalo. Mack has the goods to rush the passer off the edges, something that a crew that hasn't been wrecking much of anything in 2013 has missed. Mack also recently broke the record for most forced fumbles in a college career.
It's a safe bet that these lists are going to experience some massive changes over the next few weeks. Excited New York fans talking about the team making a run this fall are wondering just how far the Giants could go. At the other end of the spectrum if the very real possibility that Dallas wins on Sunday, a result that sends New York into a tailspin the likes of which we saw in September and parts of October.