John Fennelly, Lead WriterHaving the 12th overall selection in the NFL Draft doesn’t give you a lot of room to move. Trading up isn’t a realistic option and trading back prevents you from getting a top talent.
In this draft, the Giants will be staring at several top talents at No. 12. Since the pool is so deep this year, they’ll likely take the best player available and search to augment needs after that.
SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News lists his 12 possibilities for the Giants at No. 12.
He’s dead on that any one of the below players will be available when the Giants’ select:
- WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
- OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
- LB CJ Mosley, Alabama
- TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
- OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
- OL Zack Martin, Notre Dame
- DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
- WR Odell Beckham, Jr, LSU
- S Hasean Clinton-Dix, Alabama
- OLB/DE Anthony Barr, UCLA
- DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
- CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Any and all of these players would make the Giants a better team. My personal preference would be an offensive lineman. Matthews and Lewan are grading out the same. Based on the Giants’ current tackle situation, I’d take either one of them first. Martin is almost a carbon copy of last year’s top pick, Justin Pugh. I’d be satisfied with him as well.
Evans and Ebron would give the Giants the big receiver they currently lack. I don’t see Beckham as pick that would satisfy the current initiative to retool the offense. Too similar to Cruz, Manningham and Jernigan in size and style.
Of the defensive players, Donald is my top pick. He is multi-talented lineman that will immediately upgrade the front seven. Gilbert is a great cover guy, and I always say that you can’t have enough DBs, but the Giants will test that theory if they take him.
Barr is an interesting pick, but he’d have to line up at DE and that means less snaps for JPP, Kiwi, Damonster or Evans. Not sure the Giants would sign up for that.
HCD is one of my favorite players in this draft. The Giants are not as deep at safety as one may think, so taking him fills not only an immediate need, but one down the road as well.
Mosley doesn’t fit the Giants defensive scheme at all. They currently employ a two-LB alignment on the majority of the snaps, so spending a top-12 draft pick on a part-time player makes no sense to me. Unless, he can play like a DB, which many say he can.