The below five-round mock is from one of my favorite websites: WalterFootball.com. I will tell you this, if the Giants walk out of their draft room with these five players in tow, I’ll run naked down 6th Avenue……
Round One (19): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: Smart teams like the Giants, Steelers and Ravens always end up getting a prospect who falls during the draft. Teams constantly selecting in the top 15 are stupid, so intelligent front offices take advantage of their dumb decisions on Draft Day. One player who’s probably going to drop is Bjoern Werner. He did not perform as well as expected at the Combine, showing much less athleticism than 2008’s Chris Long, whom he’s been compared to.
Giant fans know that general manager Jerry Reese loves drafting pass-rushers. With Osi Umenyiora entering free agency this March and Justin Tuck having a down year, Reese may select a defensive end early this April.
Round Two (49): Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff: Will Beatty re-signed with the Giants earlier this offseason, but the right tackle position is still a mess. David Diehl was retained, but he’s a human turnstile. With Anthony Spencer and Brandon Graham squaring off against New York twice per year, this is an area that desperately needs to be addressed to keep Eli Manning from getting too banged up as he advances into his 30s.
Round Three (81): Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers: Keith Rivers just signed a 1-year deal, but he’s not the long-term solution because he can never stay healthy. General manager Jerry Reese said that there needs to be better linebacker play next year.
Round Four (116): A.J. Klein, ILB, Iowa State: More linebacker help for the Giants. Dan Connor was signed, but that was just for a 1-year deal.
Round Five (152): Sanders Commings, CB/S, Georgia: The Giants re-signed Aaron Ross, but they could still stand to use a mid-round pick on a cornerback after how poorly Corey Webster played last year.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Not sure where Werner is on the Giants’ board, but two things are certain: they love DEs and aren’t afraid to gamble on foreign-born players. This kid going to another team could easily struggle, but in the Giants’ rotation he could be a monster.
Armstead was a star at the combine and may not last into the middle of the second round. He’s an amazing combination of size and speed. The Giants would be thrilled if he falls to them here.
Greene and Klein are two very productive players I have been following. The Giants would be lucky to land one of these two, never mind both. Klein is a workhorse and Greene is an athletic playmaker. Bring ’em in….
I like Commings a great deal. A former baseball player with size and agility. He can be physical, which is just what the Giants need at corner, but he may be better suited as a safety.