Five NFL Mock Drafts, and five different predictions on who the New York Giants will take in the first round. It's wash, rinse and repeat as the final full weekend of January 2014 approaches. Don't expect that to change until at least the start of free agency.
The team still has a lot of holes on the roster.
2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 22): Walter Football
Pick: DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State: For the second straight week, Walter Football is predicting that the Giants will miss out on each of top three offensive linemen in the draft. That would, in theory, leave the team in a familiar spot: Picking the best player that is available.
Assume, for a moment, that New York goes with Jernigan. The Giants would, if Walter Football has it right, be leaving Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard on the board. Each of those players have, in other mock drafts, been linked with the Giants.
2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 22): Matt Smith
Pick: OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo: The NFL.com draft expert said it all about the standout LB: “They need linebackers, and Mack is really good. I’d be surprised if he lasted this long.”
Smith isn't the only one.
Mack, a play-maker who holds the NCAA career record for most forced fumbles, would be a steal at No. 12 overall. Most see him as a sure top ten pick heading into the NFL Scouting Combine.
2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 22): Rob Rang
Pick: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan: The CBS NFL Draft guru held true as it pertains to New York's first round pick. The team's offensive line could use an entire overhaul minus, at most, two players, and Lewan will, unless things change over the next few months, be the No. 3 o-line prospect taken.
One thing that the front office of the Giants will have to ponder over the next several months is the value of this selection. A popular opinion is that the 2014 draft is deep at three positions; quarterback, wide receiver, and offensive line. Say, for example, that New York can bolster the line in free agency and on days two and three of the draft.
Shouldn't they, if that's the case, use this pick to get an impact player?
2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 22): Dane Brugler
Pick: LB Anthony Barr, UCLA: Brugler is, depending on your vantage point, either the killer of New York's draft dreams OR he believes that the Giants are going to get lucky. His latest mock has Auburn OT Greg Robinson, Mack and Dennard all off of the board when New York is first called to the podium on May 8.
That would, in this simulation, leave Barr there for the taking for the Giants.
Barr could, when all is said and done, be the highest rated defensive prospect not named Jadeveon Clowney in the draft. If Smith of NFL.com is right and the Jags aren't all that high on any of the top QBs, they could snatch Barr up with the third overall pick. Yes. Barr is that good.
2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 22): Drafttek
Pick: Mosley: The Alabama linebacker will be an interesting player to watch come draft day. He's an incredible athlete, can play the run and the pass, and he's a leader on and off the field. He isn't as flashy as some other options, though, and his falling down to New York isn't unlikely.
Drafttek currently has Clowney, Barr, Mack, Dennard and Robinson all being taken ahead of Mosley. New York landing Mosley wouldn't at all be settling. On the contrary, I'm not sure general manager Jerry Reese could pass on him.