Season ended yesterday. Honestly, it could have been worse. 7-3 in last 10 with some solid building blocks. Resign Beason is priority #1, and Rolle, McBride, JJ, Pugh, Cruz, Connor, DTs, and ol' Tuck showed up...it could be worse. This team is closer than many think - of course, that is only if the real Eli Manning shows up, which I think he will. Anyway, let's get on with 1.0...
1. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan. I know, Beatty is signed and why move Pugh because he was really good at RT as a rook. But OL killed us this year and there is no G worth having here. Plus Beatty now has broken leg, and as of this writing the severity is still unknown. The coaches will figure out who goes where, but all I know is Lewan can block, and without blocking there is no chance. I'm not 100% on him...Robinson, Kouandjio, etc may be better, but the best OT is the pick here.
2. Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt. If this kid was 2" taller and 15 lbs heavier, he'd be a sure-fire top 15 pick (think Sheldon Richardson, who I mocked to us 1st in all my mocks last year). Just watch the tape. Players gonna make plays, and this kid lives in the backfield. He will pressure the QB in a rotational role as a rook, and grow. Very different guy than Big Hank, and needed with likely loss of pass rushers and Linval and Patterson as FAs (no way we keep both).
3. Christain Jones, ILB/OLB, FSU. We leave the trenches for a minute to pick up a stud SAM. Jones can rush the passer (FSU lines him up as a DE sometimes), plug the hole on the run, and play some under pass defense. Do I really think he'll be available here? No...it's not out of the realm of possibility in the mocks I've seen, but he will probably rise. But heck, it's early...
4. Brian Stork, C, FSU. Back to the trenches. I think I was the last guy on Earth who wanted to give Bass another chance, but even I'm over it. He should not be on the team next year, and Boothe is not an every down center. By mid season, our OL is Lewan-Boothe-Stork-Pugh-Beatty. More importantly, 4 of them are fairly young and can grow together.
5. L'damian Wasington, WR, Mizzou. This kid is fast (his 40 time will likely move him out of this range) and tall (6'3"). He can stretch the field, which is a strength that Eli couldnot exploit this year behind that OL, and he can go up and get it. He is raw, and honestly I doubt he will see much PT with TC, but he's an outside receiver to replace the likely departing Nicks...eventually.
6. James White, RB, Wisconsin. I don't know which RB the giants should draft in the 6th, but we need a back and I like late round value here. I'll look into it, but for now White is the placeholder. Suggestions welcome.