In Rotoworld’s Evan Silva’s two-round mock draft, the analyst projects the Giants to nab offensive guard Chance Warmack and cornerback Darius Slay in the first two rounds.
Silva’s prediction of a guard goes along with the theme of addressing an aging line. Warmack is not the prototypical name that has been linked to the Giants, though. Other mock drafts have tended to connect the team with offensive tackles — including Warmack’s former teammate at Alabama, D.J. Fluker, and Menelik Watson out of Florida State.
“Giants left guard Kevin Boothe is a sub-average starter working on a one-year deal. Right guard Chris Snee is 31 and coming off hip surgery. The Giants must get younger up front, making Warmack a logical fit in addition to being the best player left. Coordinator Kevin Gilbride heads up a power-running offense. Warmack is a power-blocking guard. While most mock drafts project Warmack in the first half of round one, guards are annually drafted later than mockers expect.”
Both ESPN analysts expect New York to address its secondary in the first round, with Desmond Trufant and D.J. Hayden floated as potential options at 19.
Silva’s prediction of Slay, the former Mississippi corner, indicates neither are left on the board should they go in a different direction with their first pick.
“Slay combines terrific size and speed will ball skills. He’s the best player left.”
Today, reports surfaced indicating Slay has a torn meniscus in his knee, despite not missing any game time last season and running a 4.36 40-yard-dash at the NFL Combine in February.
NFL.com’s Gil Brandt reported Slay pulled a muscle running during his March 6 Pro Day, which was echoed by the South Florida Sun-Sentinal’s Omar Kelly.
Though the injury doesn’t lower Slay’s draft shock, Pro Football Talk writes this about players dealing with meniscus issues:
“Meniscus tears are fairly routine injuries for football players, and they are not regarded as serious. Some require arthroscopic surgery to repair. The bigger concern is that, as cartilage in the knee becomes compromised, the player is susceptible eventually to the chronic pain and other problems associated with missing cartilage, which cushions the various bones that make up the complex knee joint.”
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