Which position the New York Giants focus on in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft will largely be determined by when runs on certain players begin. Three quarterbacks could be taken with the top four picks. Up to three wide receivers and three linebackers could also be off the board when the Giants are called to the podium.
That could all work in New York's favor, as the G-Men desperately need help up front.
2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 8 edition): Walter Football
Pick: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn: Robinson had himself a few rough moments in the BCS Championship game. That will happen when facing off against the best team in the nation. Robinson will, outside of having a lousy combine, be the second-highest rated offensive lineman in the draft.
The Giants aren't getting Jake Matthews out of Texas A&M unless New York trades up. That's not a move you can make to bolster the o-line. Three wide receivers being taken in the top ten could land the Giants their guy.
2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 8 edition): Sayre Bedinger
Pick: DE/LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo: Many fans and analysts quick to point out that New York needs to vastly improve the team's offensive line are somewhat forgetting two things; the real lack of depth that exists on the current roster of the Giants, and that New York could use a play-maker on defense.
There is one concern regarding Mack, something the Giants can do nothing about. His stock has consistently risen in mock drafts over the past month or so. I am, while putting this piece together, eying three mocks that have Mack going ahead of when New York will select. Just as with Robinson, the Giants are not in a position where they can trade up to grab a player such as Mack.
2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 8 edition): Kristopher Knox
Pick: DE/OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson: Beasley is another hybrid who can feature at both defensive end and linebacker. He rose in NFL mock drafts throughout 2013 as he put up some rather impressive stats. Beasley finished the season with 13 sacks, 31 solo tackles, 41 total tackles and 23 tackles for a loss.
The jury very much so remains out regarding the Clemson product. Two different mock drafts out there in early January have him falling all the way down to the low 20s in the first round. Some would say that the Giants would be settling if they took Beasley so high in the 2014 NFL Draft.
2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 8 edition): Rob Rang
Pick: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M: There are some out there who believe that, when all is said and done, Ogbuehi will be viewed as having been the top offensive lineman of this draft class. His teammate, fellow OT Jake Matthews, is looked at as the safest pick in the upcoming draft. Matthews isn't falling out of the top ten, which isn't necessarily bad news for New York.
One thing the New York front office may want to consider: Ogbuehi is as low as 26 in some mock drafts that are out there today. The Giants trading down and stocking up on an additional pick could be a wise move if they can still get Ogbuehi.
2014 New York Giants NFL mock drafts (January 8 edition): Dane Brugler
Pick: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina: Maybe the Giants going tight end with their first pick isn't such a crazy notion. Kevin Gilbride, the former New York offensive coordinator who recently retired, spoke with Dave Hutchinson of the Star-Ledger about the team's current starting TE: “He said Myers would be a good No. 2 tight end. He said the Giants need a bigger, faster tight end and there's 'no question' they'll 'bring in some people' (i.e. a veteran) at the position.”
It's possible that Ebron could fall out of the teens in the upcoming NFL Draft. Unless New York gets a great deal and moves done, I still don't see this happening.