The previous two weeks of the NFL regular season has shown a massive spotlight on the amount of holes that exist in the current roster of the New York Giants. New York could focus on one of about four different positions in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and have the right idea. It's an unusual situation for this franchise in that it doesn't appear as if the Giants are a single offseason away from turning things around.
Take it easy on quarterback Eli Manning, everybody. His play isn't the only problem at the moment.
New York Giants 2014 NFL mock drafts (December 19 edition): Todd McShay
Pick: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama: Mosley going to the Giants has been a popular prediction among the mock drafts that I check on a weekly basis. Mosley, the winner of the 2013 Dick Butkus Award, would immediately become the best tackler on the team were New York to draft him. The 6-2, 232-pound senior is a throwback to the linebackers that wore Big Blue last decade, the type who can rush the passer and also drop back in pass defense.
My only doubt with the Giants taking Mosley is that I don't see New York winning again this fall. That means that the team could move up a couple of spots in the draft, which would result in Mosley no longer being the best defensive player available.
New York Giants 2014 NFL mock drafts (December 19 edition): Walter Football
Pick: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State: Gilbert is the flavor of the month when it comes to potential first round targets of the Giants. New York could be set to lose both Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas in the offseason, and Prince Amukamara continues to not live up to the expectations that come from being a first round pick.
Is Gilbert a No. 1 CB in the making?
One note: I've seen Gilbert fall in some mock drafts all the way down to the low-teens and even to the 20s. There are at least a few knowledgeable people out there who aren't yet sold. The New York coaching staff could be among them.
New York Giants 2014 NFL mock drafts (December 19 edition): Sporting News
Pick: Mosley: Eric Galko wrote this about the Alabama linebacker: “The Giants have perennially had a need at linebacker, and this is the perfect spot for both Mosley to fall and the Giants to be in order to secure their much-needed linebacker.”
This isn't untrue, but New York also has needs on the offensive line, defensive line and in the secondary. That, above anything else, is why I'm expecting the team's usual “best player available” method to again be utilized next May.
New York Giants 2014 NFL mock drafts (December 19 edition): Rob Rang/Dane Brugler
The CBS duo kept their same picks from one week ago. Rang has the Giants passing on Mosley for LB and play-maker Khalil Mack from Buffalo. Brugler believes that New York would select CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu out of Oregon. He also has Gilbert falling down to 26.
One other note about Brugler's latest mock draft: It has both Mosley and Mack being taken off the board before the Giants can pick. That, if it were to occur, could result in New York going offense with the team's first overall pick.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of these latest mocks is that none of them have the Giants picking an offensive player. Offensive linemen Taylor Lewan from Michigan and Auburn's Greg Robinson were popular potential New York targets but a week ago.
It just goes to show how much can, and will, change over a seven-day period leading up to the NFL Draft.