The New York Giants are poised for a franchise-changing draft this weekend. Write that down. The fortunes of the team will be decided right here and now at the NFL Draft. At minicamp this week, the new coaching staff will finally get a look at second-year QB Davis Webb, and if he performs to their satisfaction, I think they will likely pass on a QB with the second overall pick.
Using Fanspeak.com’s draft simulator, here is my final mock draft for the Giants ahead of Thursday’s draft:
2: R1P2 Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State (6’4″, 270)….Chubb is the top edge rusher in this draft and considered to be a turnkey solution for any team looking to improve in that area. Gettleman said he likes to build his teams from the line of scrimmage back. Here’s the first step in that direction. With JPP gone, the Giants are in the market for a pass rusher, so this is a case where quality intersects with need. The key to the Giants’ past successes were reliant on getting to the passer, so for me this is a no-brainer.
34: R2P2 James Daniels, C, Iowa (6’3″, 306)….Big bodies help you compete. That’s what we’ve been told by Gettleman and that’s why Daniels makes a ton of sense here (no pun intended). If you build your line from the inside out, why not start a center? Daniels needs to get stronger and the Giants will make sure of that. Brett Jones was just re-signed so he can man the position until Daniels is ready. It’s very possible that he goes in the first round. He’s a riser.
66: R3P2 Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon (6’5″, 309)….Again, it’s no secret the Giants want to upgrade the O-Line, so why not overload on “hog mollies”? Crosby is not a perfect prospect but he’s probably better than anyone else they plan on sticking at RT this season. They will coach him up and put him right out there when ready.
69: R3P5 Justin Reid, S, Stanford (6″0″, 207)….The simulator screwed up because Reid is unlikely to get past the middle of the second round. But there he was, so I took him. The Giants are in dire need of safety help – good safety help, that is – to pair with Landon Collins. Reid would be a nice compliment to Collins. But, again, they might have to use their second rounder or first third rounder on him.
108: R4P8 Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State (5’11”, 220)….Why he was still on the board was mystery as well. This kid has been compared to Willis McGahee with his high motor and production. Can carry the mail as well make tacklers miss. He would be part of a committee along with Wayne Gallman, Paul Perkins and Jonathan Stewart. Well worth a fourth round pick.
139: R5P2 Dorance Armstrong, Jr. Edge, Kansas (6’4″, 257)….Not the greatest prospect but the Giants could surely find a place for him in a 3-4 alignment as an OLB. If they can get him here, that would be ideal. With a little coaching and direction, Armstrong could end up being a pleasant surprise.
They could surely use another corner, maybe a wideout but this draft helps fortify some of the Giants’ weaker areas. They don’t pick after the fifth round on Saturday, so they will be poised to jump on the UDFAs that will be available after the draft. They usually do pretty well with their free agent signings.