2012 NFL MOCK DRAFT: NY GIANTS PRE-DRAFT STRATEGY
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…then it
was the best of times again. After defeating the Patriots for the first time in
the 2011 season, the New York Giants raced out to a 6-2 record through week 9.
Then, they went into the annual ritual that is their second-half swoon, losing
five of the next six, leaving them 7-7 and the New York fans and media calling
for coach Tom Coughlin’s head. The rest is history…or rather, made history: The
Giants finished the regular season with two must-have wins to secure the NFC
East title. Another amazing playoff run later, the giants found themselves
wearing Cinderella’s slipper once again, as they defeated the favored New
England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the 2<sup>nd</sup> time in the last five
<u>2. 2011 Record</u>
Regular Season: 9-7 NFC East
Playoffs: Super Bowl Champion
<u>3. Positions of
Father time has taken his toll on the Giants OL, and
replenishing it with youth should be the Giants top priority in the draft.
Looking towards the defense, LB, and particularly MLB, has been a need for years
for New York. With the signing of Martellus Bennett, TE is no longer a dire
need, but they’ll keep an eye focused on TE, RB and DB if they find value at
those positions when it’s time for the Super Bowl champs to make their
<u>4. First Round Target(s)</u>
When drafting with the last
pick in the round, the Giants will have to see what falls to them. However,
likely targets at the 32<sup>nd</sup> pick are two players with size and power
to hold up through the bruising NFC East - OL Cordy Glenn (Georgia) and LB
Dont’a Hightower (Alabama).
Glenn provides surprising quickness to go
along with his 6’6”, 346lb frame, and versatility to possibly play RT, giving
the Giants greater insurance against injuries forcing their veterans to play out
A powerful and intimidating presence, Hightower could be
the real thumper New York has been searching for since Antonio Pierce suited up
for the G-Men.
<u>5. Vultures: Teams To Keep An Eye On</u>
the Steelers (24<sup>th</sup> pick) and the Bengals (17<sup>th</sup> &
24<sup>th</sup>) have very similar needs to the Giants. Fortunately, if players
targeted by New York slide past Pittsburgh at 24<sup>, </sup>they have a decent
chance of still being there at 32.
<u>6. Trade Winds</u>
rare for the Giants to trade up in the draft unless they see a player they feel
can have a franchise-changing impact (like they did in ’04 for Eli Manning). So,
I’m not expecting the team to make a move up the board this year
However there are two players in this draft that appear born to
be Giants: Boston College’s tackling machine, LB Luke Kuechly, and Stanford OG
David DeCastro, who plays with the kind of nasty streak that Tom Coughlin loves
in his lineman.
To really guarantee a shot at both guys, the Giants
would have to trade up to the Seahawks at 12 or Cardinals at 13. The price to
move up that high would be costly. A more realistic trade partner might the
Titans at 20. Securing the 20<sup>th</sup> pick would make sure Cincinnati
doesn’t snag the apple of the Big Apple’s eye.
2011: 1.19 – Prince
2010: 1.15 – Jason Pierre-Paul
2009: 1.29 – Hakeem
2008: 1.31 – Kenny Phillips
2007: 1.20 – Aaron Ross"