2014 NFL Draft: No joke, Giants’ best bet could be Ha Ha

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants are selecting 12th overall in the upcoming NFL Draft, and who they choose, naturally, depends on who is available when their turn comes. That will be somewhere around 9:20-9:30 on Friday, May 8th if all goes well.

The eleven teams selecting in front of the Giants is bound to change, either in order of selection or teams. The Rams, who possess the second overall pick, are always looking to trade out. The Falcons are at No. 6 and want to get into the top three very badly. The 49ers don’t pick until 30th, but then have five selections in the next 70.

The two most coveted players in this draft are DE Jadeveon Clowney and LB Khalil Mack. The Houston Texans draft first and they have several options: take Clowney and keep him; take Clowney and trade him, or simply trade out. It would be foolish to pass on Clowney altogether and take Mack or a QB. San Francisco will be dangling a nice booty of picks in front of GM Rick Smith’s face. SF is looking at a season without top defenders Navorro Bowman and Aldon Smith and want either Clowney or Mack.


The Rams will be seeking to move down. They have the 13th overall pick, too, so they’re still in a good position. The 49ers will still want to move up, but there is no way in hell the Rams will give them this pick. If by some chance no deal is struck, they will take Mack and try to shop him to a team other than SF. If Clowney is still available, their options obviously change.

Jacksonville will likely stay put and choose from the rest of the pool. They will get value with either OT Greg Robinson or WR Sammy Watkins. There will be several QBs still available when they select in Round Two. The Niners may be calling them on draft night as well.

Cleveland will likely not be foolish here and take QB Derek Carr as rumored. They will, at the least, end up with either Watkins or Robinson but could still trade with San Francisco for a package of picks and then take their QB later with the 26th pick.

Rumors are flying that the Raiders could take Taylor Lewan at No. 5. Then again, if Watkins is there, all bets are off. They also probably not pick up the phone when SF GM Trent Baalke calls. A trade with the local rival 49ers would be an infamnia.

In reality, the Falcons probably don’t have the pieces to lure the top picks away from Houston and St. Louis, but that won’t prevent  GM Thomas Dimitroff from giving it a go. The likely scenario is they take the BPA at this spot which could be Robinson or Jake Matthews.

Tampa Bay is not expected to move up and could take a QB right here. Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles we’ve heard.

The Vikings want a QB as well and may trade up ahead of Tampa to get one. The vibe is they can go for a defender here and pick up LSU QB Zach Mettenberger in the second or third round.

Buffalo, at No. 9, can go in several directions. If one of the big three OTs are there, they could bite. TE Eric Ebron and WR Mike Evans are also possibilities. GM Doug Whaley has ruled nothing out, including moving up in the order. Word is they like Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller, but this may be too high in the draft to take him.

At 10, the Lions are on the apron of trading up or back. If they realistically believe they can make a play for Watkins, they’ll give it a shot. If they cant, Evans could go here to bookend Megatron to create a very scary scenario for opponents. They will also entertain any takers for DT Ndamakong Suh, who they may not be able to sign to an extension before the draft.  If they trade Suh, Aaron Donald could be the pick.

The Titans are an enigma at 11. What they do will directly impact the Giants, who select directly after them. Many mockers have them looking for a pass rusher or a CB right here and taking a QB in one of the next two rounds. Perhaps DE/OLB Anthony Barr or Justin Gilbert is the pick here with a QB (AJ McCarron or Zach Mettenberger?) getting selected Day Two.

The Giants will be looking at about half-dozen realistic possibilities at the No. 12 spot. I don’t see them taking a TE until the middle rounds, so cross out Eric Ebron. Evans, Donald, Lewan and Matthews will likely be gone, too. If a team wants to move up, the Giants should consider, as long as they get a first and second rounder. SF has three of those, so the Giants could bite on a trade with them. Should they stay put, my preference would be S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, if he’s there.

Will Hill is probably gone, Stevie Brown has yet to prove his knee is reliable and Antrel Rolle is in the final year of his contract. Safety is a need and HCD is a value pick at this spot.

Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix reels in another Giants' draft target: Mike Evans of Texas A&M.

Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix reels in another Giants’ draft target: Mike Evans of Texas A&M.




10 comments
David Lopez
David Lopez

What's wrong with drafting Aaron Donald with the 12th pick and possibly targeting Deonn Buchanon in the second round if Reese wants to address Safety?

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

Don't see the Giants taking a Safety this high.  There are other positions of need, and if all of their preferences are gone - i see them more likely to trade down.


I read the following report on HA Ha - "When I sat down and watched him, I was a little disappointed.  I didn't think he was as good an athlete as I though he was going to be.  Some other scouts were trying to compare him to Mark Barron and LaRon Landry and all the guys that went high.  This guy is not the same.  I don't see the cover skills that everyone seems to be raving about.  I thought he was lacking some of that".

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Mr.F--

Great POST !!!

...... Ha-Ha ain't going to Happen....

hashburry
hashburry

You are way off regarding San Francisco.  First, they already publicly stated Aldon Smith was coming back.  His "bomb" charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and he is likely not getting suspended.  Second, they could give up their entire draft and it wouldn't get them the number 1 pick.  Their first rounder is 30th, they have a couple of later second round picks.  How will that exactly get Houston to give up the number 1?  Look at what Washington got for RG3.  You have to give up a top 5 or so pick to move up to number 1 or Houston could totally miss on the draft, which they won't do. 

Tyler Wynne
Tyler Wynne

@David Lopez

He's working off of the assumption that Donald will already be off the board.

 
"
Evans, Donald, Lewan and Matthews will likely be gone, too."

John Fennelly
John Fennelly

@hashburry  This was written a few days ago, so the Aldon Smith situation has changed, but just a bit. He will not be charged with a felony for the bomb thing, but he could still be suspended for a block of games for the DUI and gun charges in which he's in court for this week.


SF will unlikely be able to pry the top pick from Houston, but they will need to put together a package where the highest pick is not #30 overall. They have enough selections to make something like that happen.

cole3244
cole3244

@John Fennelly @hashburry yes sf has 11 picks in this draft so to not package whatever it takes to get a difference maker considering how close they are too winning it all would be foolish and irresponsible imo.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@Billy Suede @Skookaloop  

1.-30th

2.-56th & 61st

3.-77th & 94th & 100th(comp.)

4.-129th

5.-170th

6.------

7.-242nd & 243rd & 245th

11 picks, Subtract the (3) 7th Round Picks....

Down to 8 Picks.

Subtract,  Comp. Pick 100,( Non-Tradable )

Down to 7 Picks.

30th= 620pts

56th=340pts

61st=292pts

77th=205pts

94th=124pts

129th=43pts

170th=23pts

TOTAL PTS= 1,647

So they Could Trade ALL 7 Picks FOR:

ALT's 1st Round 6th Pick......or

They could Trade their first 3 Picks,

( 30th+56th+61st)=1,252pts

For the Titans 1st Round #11 Pick...

So, even with TRADING ALL 10 Picks,

they Could Never Break the TOP 5....

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@Skookaloop  they have eleven picks. they don't need all of them. do you think before you post? 

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@cole3244 @John Fennelly @hashburry  

COLE3244,

In such a DEEP DRAFT,

SF would be taking a HUGE RISK,

putting MOST of their EGG's in 1 Basket....