In Rotoworld analyst Josh Norris’ latest mock draft, the Giants nab former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 19th selection in the first round.
Richardson, ranked as the No. 2 player at his position by NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, sits only behind Florida’s Shariff Floyd in terms of the best interior defensive linemen.
According to Norris, the addition of Richardson to Big Blue improves the team’s interior pass rush. Though with his stock rising, it is not out of the realm of possibility Richardson is gone, in which case Norris expects the Giants to target UCLA’s Datone Jones.
NFL.com’s scouting report on the former Missouri linemen includes a 90.7 grade, with rave reviews of Richardson’s size, speed, agility, tackling skills, ability to beat blockers and fend of double teams. Conversely, the report adds he could afford to build more upper-body strength, has a tendency to get pancaked and must show he has recovered from off-season shoulder surgery.
Scouts have compared Richardson to Cullen Jenkins, who the Giants signed earlier in the off-season.
The majority of mock drafts have linked New York to Alabama tackle DJ Fluker. Reports yesterday indicated Fluker’s stock has risen steadily of late and may be an option for the Miami Dolhpins at No. 12.
Other mocks have suggested linebacker is the position the Giants must tend to right away, with Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and Georgia’s Alec Ogletree as the most likely solutions.
Defensive linemen have been floated around as possibility at No. 19, though not once has Richardson been named.
Other names mentioned to land in New York include Florida State’s Bjoern Werner, Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson, BYU’s Ezekial Ansah and Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro.
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