In ESPN analyst Todd McShay’s mock draft released Wednesday, three scenarios are provided for the Giants picking 19th in the first round.
The first scenario is the Giants taking highly coveted offensive tackle D.J. Fluker. The former Alabama lineman has recently climbed up draft boards and has been rumored to be an option for Miami at No. 12.
“The Giants aren’t known for taking offensive linemen early, but Fluker would offer a boost up front with his balance, footwork and mauling presence in the running game,” writes McShay.
Scenario 2 has Big Blue sweeping former Georgia middle linebacker Alec Ogletree off the board. Ogletree is considered among the top two or three inside backers in this year’s draft, including Manti Te’o of Notre Dame.
“There is a need for more athleticism and cover skills at linebacker, and Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree could offer that if the Giants were to get comfortable with some of his off-field baggage,” McShay writes.
Finally, the third and final scenario is New York drafting former Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant.
Last week, McShay’s ESPN colleague Mel Kiper Jr. projected the Giants to nab Trufant at No. 19 in his two-round mock draft. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Giants allowed the highest completion percentage per attempt last season on throws 10 or more yards downfield.
The team re-signed veteran corner Corey Webster and Aaron Ross to go along with budding stars Jayron Hosley and Prince Amukamara, though McShay still believes it is a position of need.
“New York has some uncertainty at corner, and while Washington CB Desmond Trufant isn’t the best in run support, he has the cover skills to contribute right away and already has a professional attitude.”
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