John Fennelly, Lead WriterIn a normal year, the draft would be next Thursday, but due to a scheduling conflict with the venue (Radio City Music Hall) the draft was pushed back until May 8. The Hall had planned an Easter show featuring the Rockettes to run through the end of April.
Ironically that show has been scrapped, leaving football fans to go stir crazy unnecessarily for an extra two weeks. In the interim, mock drafts are getting a little crazy themselves. The more time passes, the more wild they’re getting.
Players haven’t gotten more or less talented over the additional time, it’s just the pundits and media have been allotted more time to study the draft pool this year. Every day, sleepers are cropping up and this very deep draft is getting more and more interesting.
The Giants, with the twelfth pick, have had players from just about every position mocked to them n the first and second rounds. The truth is, they have little control over their situation. They are relegated to the choices of the eleven teams selecting in front of them.
Evan Silva of Rotoworld came out with his two-round mock draft today. You’ll be a little surprised who he has the Giants selecting….
Round One: 12. New York Giants — LSU WR Odell Beckham
Silva: “I think GM Jerry Reese will hope a pass rusher like Donald or Barr falls to No. 12, but I’m less sure either will be available. As new OC Ben McAdoo hails from Green Bay, where they frequently run three- and four-receiver sets, Beckham would make sense as something of a fallback option. Current Giants Nos. 2 and 3 wideouts Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan are unproven commodities in prominent roles, while Victor Cruz is coming off knee surgery and a disappointing season. Beckham could start at X or Z receiver, adding homerun-hitting ability on punt returns.”
Fennelly: Taking Beckham is not something I had envisioned the Giants doing in this draft. First of all, his last name evokes the memory of a previous Reese draft bust…He would give them two LSU wideouts and another smallish option (5’11”, 198) at the position where they need some bigger players. He is explosive, however, and can do the things Silva outlines plus help on special teams, but the Giants have already addressed those needs in free agency.
Round Two: 43. New York Giants — Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas
Silva: “Reports indicate the Giants are concerned that Eli Manning is declining. The G-Men could buoy Eli by surrounding him with more talent. The Giants have a glaring tight end need, with injury-riddled Adrien Robinson currently topping the depth chart. Niklas is an impact in-line tight end.”
Fennelly: Niklas is perfect for the Giants. A 6’7″, 270 lb monster who is a big blocker and an up-and-coming receiver. Taking Niklas would ease my mind about the Giants not having size on the field on offense. He’s big enough to the point where even Eli can’t miss him…
Summary: I’ve seen worse mocks, but at least this one addresses some needs. Silva is right about the Giants’ passing game and getting Eli back on track. Beckham is a legit first rounder and will be gone by the time the Giants pick in Round Two. Everyone has been clamoring for a traditional TE and Niklas is as close to a prototype at the position as you can get.