For the first time since 1964, the Giants have the No. 12 overall selection during Thursday’s NFL Draft, and, as NFL cameras catch all the action, the team will make seven picks over the course of six rounds. Roughly a dozen players have visited or worked out with the team during the offseason.
On Tuesday, Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com posted his latest mock draft. Campbell has the Giants picking up Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews, but John Fennelly would be shocked if the offensive tackle slipped down that far in the draft. What else did Campbell predict? Click here for his mock draft selections and Fennelly’s analysis.
If Matthews does not make it to the Giants, who else could the team wind up picking? Realistically, the team could come away with a tight end, a wide receiver or an offensive tackle who is ready for the transition from college to pros. The Giants will also need to consider picking up a running back in one of the later rounds after a season where they ran out of them because of injuries.
While the Giants may have other spots to fill, they have only had four players start in every game during their rookie season in the past 33 years.
As of May 2, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock had three candidates for the Giants.
“I think the logical three candidates for them are either Zack Martin, Eric Ebron or the wide receiver [Mike] Evans. I’m not sure how this draft is going to fall. I know that you can take Zack Martin. Of course, they signed Charles Brown and John Jerry. But Martin could play guard, he could play tackle. If he’s there, and I don’t think he’s going to be, will the wideout Evans be there, I think there’s a good chance he won’t be. I look at it and go where Eric Ebron goes. I think that would be a great pick. They need somebody in today’s world, I don’t care if it’s a wideout or tight end, I just want an offensive weapon, and that’s what he is.”
Giants general manager Jerry Reese also made it clear on May 2 that the team was leaning toward an offensive player in the first round. He also said earlier in the month that the team will pick the “best player available. The draft stands alone.” He added last week he sees Zack Martin “as a good offensive lineman.”
Any other questions about the 2014 draft? Take a look at Fennelly’s NFL Draft Mailbag, where he answers questions regarding everything from the Giants’ biggest needs to if the Giants will take a quarterback.
Compiled by Meredith Perri