Rotoworld’s Evan Silva posted his pre-free agency mock draft this morning, and like most other experts has the Giants going with an offensive lineman in Round One:
12. New York Giants — Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin
Aside from 2013 first-rounder Justin Pugh, Giants GM Jerry Reese’s recent drafts have yielded sub-par results from offensive linemen. Teams don’t often use back-to-back first-rounders on the same position, but New York’s current situation requires it. Reese’s front five fell directly off a cliff in 2013, regularly torpedoing the Giants’ run and passing games. Martin played tackle for the Fighting Irish, but will be a guard in the pros. He stands in at 6-foot-4, 308 with 32 7/8-inch arms.
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Silva has the Giants bypasing Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, which I don’t see happening especially after Lewan’s impressive combine. Martin is a fine prospect and would surely help the Giants, but Lewan is the better prospect in my book.
Silva has Lewan going to Baltimore at 17, which makes sense since Ozzie Newsome usually kills at the draft table.
The issue with this pick at this time, is that they would create a glut on the interior line by drafting Martin, unless they feel he can stay at tackle. Chris Snee and David Baas are both intending to come back this season. In addition, the Giants still have James Brewer, Brandon Mosley, Jim Cordle and Eric Herman under contract and believe they all can be productive at the pro level.
Lewan is the player that makes sense to me because he can upgrade the Giants at one tackle spot and the team can either move Justin Pugh or Will Beatty to guard.