Big Board Analysis - We should be able to snag a talented defensive player with our 1st round pick on the Dline or even at CB. There's a decent possibility that we could an athletic T prospect at this spot too. The 2nd round, however, has arguably the worst value for us in this draft. We need to explore trade back options to grab a 3rd and 4th in place of our 2nd since the middle of the draft is where the strength of the draft is. If this actually happens in reality, I know for a fact this will be a good draft class for the Giants. Anyway, on to the main show. My Mock will assume that we trade our 2nd for a 3rd and 4th.
1. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA - One of the biggest problems with our defense last year was the fact no one could win their 1-on-1 matchups in the pass rush while JPP was double or even triple teamed. Osi isn't returning to us and it's evident that 2013 will be Tuck's final season of his career. We need to get someone who can play opposite of JPP at the LDE spot so JPP can shine once more at RDE. Jones has vastly underrated edge rushing ability and can be stout against the run. Just like Tuck, he can also slide inside on 3rd downs and be a threat against guards in the pass rush.
3. Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss - The Kiwi at LB experiment was cute while it lasted but I'd say that it has been an overall disaster moving him away from the Dline. We need to add more guys that have good range to play in space like Collins. Very versatile SAM option for us who can put his hand in the dirt on 3rd downs and rush the passer (good mismatch against a slower RT). He seems to disappear at times but I think a better environment and coaching staff will fix that. Could you imagine JPP, Datone Jones, and Collins rushing the QB on 3rd downs? I want that.
3. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut - The Giants can always use more CBs since we have bad luck with them in regards to injuries and Wreh-Wilson has a superb frame to play on the outside while Hosley sticks to the slot. Not exactly a strong candidate for an NFL man cover corner but we can look past that since we will be playing a ton of zone against our opposition with all the running QBs. I'd rather get a replacement for Webster now instead of relying on a possible rookie next year.
4. David Quessenberry, OL, San Jose State - Former Tight End, long arms, and preferrable height to play at the tackle position. This is the kind of athlete that Reese values for his OL selection and the fact he can get this kid in the mid rounds is a plus to him. He showed the ability to play on the interior at the Senior Bowl so the coaching staff will love that.
4. Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse - Very realistic that he could be pushed back this far because of his height and it would be hard to pass on him at this point in the draft. I feel like we can get much better value with Thomas versus Rolle as a box safety and it's not like Tyler Sash is anything special either. A S corp with Brown, Hill, and Thomas would be pretty stout in the future.
5. Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin - I wanted to go DT earlier in the draft but I have a gut feeling that we will be in excellent position to grab one in the first round next year. We could use another decent-sized body in the middle to help against the run heavy teams we face and just another rotational player in general at the position. Teams took advantage of the DT next to Joseph all year and it needs to stop.
6. Michael Williams, TE, Alabama - Assuming that Bennett leaves FA for a more lucrative contract elsewhere, we will need to add another TE to the roster and one who can replace the run blocking production that Bennett provided us. I like Williams much more now after the Combine snub too because he should be determined to prove that it was a mistake not inviting him.
7. Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook - Need to pick up another RB since no one is entirely reliable at the position except Wilson. Brown was awesome for us last year but his history hasn't convinced me yet and Da'rel Scott might only be a ST player to the coaching staff.