It’s almost that time of year, when owners, coaches, general managers, and the rest of the front office lock themselves in a room and heavily debate which players to draft to improve the team. This room is called the “War Room” for a reason. Everyone in this room is heavily opinionated and has become attached to a prospect that they don’t believe the team can do without.
In this segment, we will put ourselves in the war room and go over the picks we believe teams need to make when they’re on the clock. We’ll cover all 32 teams, but today’s segment is dedicated to the: New York Giants.
One of the biggest needs for the Giants this year will be on the offensive line. If the Giants can secure a franchise left tackle with the 19th overall selection, they’ll likely jump at the chance. Center Shaun O’Hara is entering the final year of his contract, as is guard Rich Seubert. Both are in their thirties and finding replacements may be a goal at some point in this draft to keep Eli Manning protected. The Giants may also target a running back fairly early in the draft with neither Brandon Jacobs nor Ahmad Bradshaw seemingly capable of carrying the load as a featured back. Wide receiver may be a target in the later rounds. If the opportunity presents itself, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Giants look for an upgrade over tight end Kevin Boss, but there are more pressing needs.
The defense does not have as many holes as the offense, but outside linebacker could be a target in the early rounds. Keith Bulluck is a free agent, and is in his mid-thirties, so the Giants could look to secure his replacement. The Giants could also look at inside linebackers in rounds two to four, as several should be available. Otherwise, the Giants may look for depth at other positions such as in the secondary or along the defensive line.
New York Giants Mock Draft
Round 1 (#19): Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College Eagles: It’s hard to say in exactly which order this year’s tackle prospects will be taken, but if any of the top three (probably Tyron Smith, Nate Solder and Castonzo on most boards) are available, bet that the Giants will take the best available.
Round 2 (#52): Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois Fighting Illini: The Giants should be so lucky to see a featured back like Leshoure sitting on the board at #52 overall. This year’s top tier running back class is shallow, but Leshoure could emerge as a dynamic back for New York.
Round 3 (#83): Lawrence Wilson, OLB, Connecticut Huskies: Outside linebacker could use some help and the Giants could target Bruce Carter in the second. If they pass on him, Wilson or Mason Foster could be a good pickup in the third round.
Round 4 (#117): Lee Ziemba, G/T, Auburn Tigers: I’ve had Ziemba in a few team mock drafts now, and the Giants are another squad that could look at him to upgrade the offensive line. His versatility could make him attractive to a team like New York with a few spots needing an upgrade along the line.
Round 6 (#185): Mark Herzlich, ILB, Boston College Eagles: By now everybody knows Herzlich’s story of battling and beating cancer. Before that, he was known as a tough defender. The Giants need help at linebacker and Herzlich could step in and provide depth at the position or possibly take a starting job down the road.
Round 6 (#198) compensatory selection: Alex Linnenkohl, C, Oregon State Beavers: An upgrade at the center position is needed. This marks the third offensive lineman taken by New York to bolster the line of scrimmage.
Round 6 (#202) compensatory selection: Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Ohio State Buckeyes: While not a dire need, the Giants should look to add players to the wide receivers corps entering 2011.
Round 7 (#222): Ollie Ogbu, DT, Penn State Nittany Lions: He’s 285-pounds, making him undersized for a defensive tackle, but he was productive in college. He recorded 48 tackles as a senior as well as six sacks over the course of his career.
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