John Fennelly, Lead WriterI’m not buying into Conor Orr’s report that the Giants are interested in Alabama LB CJ Mosley with the No. 12 pick in Round One tonight. Not that I don’t trust Conor’s work — he’s a good reporter — it’s just that I don’t think taking Mosley is the best use of that selection.
Unless… they change their defensive scheme. Last year, they played five defensive backs on nearly 40 percent of the snaps. In Week 16 vs the pass-happy Lions, the Giants employed five DBs on 100 percent of the snaps. Yes, they played most of the season out of their 4-3 base.
MLB Jon Beason was the centerpiece of the defense once he took over at MLB in mid-October, so he rarely left the field. Spencer Paysinger played 61 percent of the snaps, Jacquian Williams 53 percent and Keith Rivers 37 percent.
Is that because the team felt they had more talent at DB than they had at LB? Perhaps. But the reality is, the Giants favor the 4-2-5 and drafting Mosley would displace one of those incumbents or newcomer Jameel McClain, who the Giants just signed to a 2-year deal in March.
Now, it’s been bandied about that the Giants were toying with Cooper Taylor as a real option at safety this season, especially now that Will Hill is likely to be suspended. If Mosley comes in, that plan would probably be scratched, especially if Mosley proves he can cover backs and TEs as well as advertised.
Mosley should only be the choice if all four of the big offensive lineman, Aaron Donald, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham and Eric Ebron are gone. Then there is the possibility that Mosley could be gone, too.
What to expect tonight….
Round One will be an impact player. A player who will be Pro Bowl-caliber. In short, the best player available. There should be plenty for them to choose from as we’ve been detailing for the past three months. You can always count on a blue-chipper falling as there are bound to be some knuckleheaded moves made by some of the teams in front of them.
I fully expect the Giants to bring another safety or CB into the fold this weekend. If Deone Bucannon is there for them in Round Two or Three, I feel they will take him. Rounds 2-3 could also bring them a TE or a center, but we’ll dwell more on that tomorrow.