John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe website Walter Football has a running 2014 NFL Mock Draft that is not as conventional as some. From time to time I stop by to check out which players they are mocking to Big Blue:
Round One: DT Aaron Donald, Pitt - Would start from Day One and never look back. He is both a need and a BPA pick. Donald is a player that will upgrade the entire defense by both collapsing the pocket and stuffing the run. Does he fix the Giants’ “broken” offense? No, but he’ll help break everyone else’s.
Round Two: DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State - Don’t like it. At least at this point in time. He’s coming out a year early, has loads of potential and the Giants do need a pass rusher, but is he the answer? How long will we have to wait for him to play, is another question. We’ve heard this song before. There are too many pro-ready players in this draft to be dallying with projects this early on. That being said, the Giants may like him enough (he’s a strip-sack artist) to pull the trigger. This draft is too deep for them to do that, however.
Round Three: RB Davonta Freeman, Florida State - Like the pick, but again, he’s not an offensive lineman or a tight end, which are the two top need positions. Will he make the Giants better? I think he will, but I’d like him better in the next round.
Round Four: OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee - How the mighty have fallen. Richardson should be a first round pick, but his inconsistent play has him dropping way down. “Tiny” is a value pick here, but will he be able to hit the ground running in the pros? If they take another lineman in the rounds before this, it wouldn’t be a problem taking the risk here.
Round Five: DT Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina - Quarles would be a steal here. He, not Jadaveon Clowney, led the Gamecocks in sacks last year. He has all the traits to become a solid pro inside and can also be shifted outside with those long arms. I don’t think he lasts until Round Five, however.
Analysis: Not taking a TE in a deep TE draft field worries me. Taking Crichton in Round Two is a reach IMO. As I always say, let someone make that mistake. Replace him with a TE or OL there, and I’ll sleep better.
The rest I like. Adding both Donald and Quarles to the D-line would be incredible and give the Giants a league-class defense. Richardson is a question mark, but if the light goes on, he could hit big. Freeman may actually be a better prospect than David Wilson, who the Giants uses a first-rounder on. Go figure.