2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 15)

Mid-January mock drafts link Giants with five different players

1/15/14 in NFL   |   ZacWassink   |   74 respect

Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linesman Cyrus Kouandjio (71) against the Oklahoma Sooners during the third quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsWater is wet. The sky is blue. There remains no consensus opinion on what the New York Giants will do with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

New York needs plenty of help on both sides of the football. What they do in free agency this March should, in theory, eliminate at least one of the candidates listed below. Until then, here are five prospects that could fall to the Giants on May 8.

2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 15): Walter Football

Pick: DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State: This is an interesting pick, as it is the first 2014 NFL Mock Draft I've yet seen link the Giants with a defensive lineman. It's hardly a crazy notion, as New York desperately needs help up front on both sides of the football. Jernigan, listed at 6-2 and 292 pounds, is believed to be a top-three DT prospect.

For those of you hoping that New York will bolster the team's offensive line in the first round: The latest Walter Football mock has Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson, who has been mentioned as a potential Big Blue target since December, being off the board before the Giants are called to the podium.

2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 15): Alex Espinoza

Pick: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama: Mosley is, on some mock boards, as high as a top-six overall prospect. So how is it possible that he could fall all the way down to the Giants? Quarterbacks could go one-two-three overall. There could also be a run on wide receivers before New York picks.

Mosley has the goods to play in the middle and at outside linebacker. Some have compared him with Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly. If he's there, I don't see general manager Jerry Reese passing on Mosley.

2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 15): Rob Rang

Pick: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan: The Giants thinking offensive line with their first round pick is a safe bet. New York was as weak up front during the team's 0-6 run as was any other side in the NFL at any point in 2013.

Lewan has been a roller coaster prospect in mock drafts since 2012. It's possible that he would have been a higher pick had he been in last year's draft. If both Robinson and Jake Matthews of Texas A&M are both off the board (likely), Lewan being snatched by the G-men isn't out of the question.

2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 15): Dane Brugler

Pick: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina: The Giants taking a tight end is, with every passing week, not as crazy a notion as I believed it to be back at the end of December. Former New York offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride talked about the team's weakness at the position earlier this month. The Giants are also on the verge of parting ways with TE coach Mike Pope.

Quarterback Eli Manning has, throughout his career, depended on having a receiving tight end. Ebron is 6-4 and 245 pounds. He can go up and get the football. Ebron had 62 catches, 973 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 2013.

2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 15): Jason Passehl

Pick: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama: Kouandjio was highly rated heading into this past fall, and his performances throughout 2013 have seen him shoot up mock drafts. Passehl is, in mid-January, predicting that a run on offensive linemen will occur early on, meaning that the Giants could miss out on other potential targets mentioned in this piece.

Don't assume New York would be settling by taking Kouandjio. He was a tremendous run blocker throughout his college career, and his pass protection skills improved this past season.

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