Most mock drafts have the Giants drafting Manti Te’o, D.J. Fluker or a defensive back with their first-round selection.
Not Gil Brandt.
The NFL.com senior analyst has pegged former Florida State offensive tackle Menelik Watson falling to New York at 19, a name that has not been linked to the team thus far.
“Watson played right tackle at Florida State, but I think he’s capable of moving to the left side. A lot of folks have the Giants drafting a linebacker, but I think we could see them kick off a youth movement on their offensive line with Watson.”
In Brandt’s mock, the aforementioned Fluker is expected to land 18th to the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys and Te’o to the Chicago Bears a pick later.
Desmond Trufant, the consensus No. 2 cornerback in the draft behind Alabama’s Dee Milliner, is slated to land in Atlanta with the 30th pick.
Watson is touted for being a physical lineman, with great size and tremendous athleticism. Scouts knock him a bit for limited experience, poor hand placement and his style may lead to more penalties being called on the professional level.
Scouts compare him to offensive tackle Jared Gaither.
“Watson has rare athletic ability on a tremendous frame. He has an explosive first step, light feet, and a powerful punch. There are a lot of things in his game that need to be cleaned up from a technique standpoint, and he will be 25 years old in his rookie season. He can project to either tackle spot, or possibly even inside, at guard.”
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