New York Giants 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds
2013 Mock Draft: 7 Rounds
NFL Draft Day (or night now) is nearly a month away. This time is when college prospects take that step into the next level and join the NFL. It is slightly less enjoyable for those who have already been ready at that point. General Managers are busy assembling scouting reports in preparation to hand in the draft cards. Current players are trying to stay sharp in some cases just to hold on to their jobs. Each franchise also has areas of need that must be addressed. This is definitely the case for the New York Giants . Here is the first of seven mock drafts on the Giants, following their path to this yearly event.
For most of Eli Manning’s career the Giants have been contenders. There have been two Super Bowl victories that came with thrilling finishes. Last year finished in disappointment as a 6-2 start became 9-7 with no playoffs.
Manning went through a stretch of games where he suffered through arm fatigue. New York’s secondary was also exposed during the latter part of last season. Consecutive weeks saw Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco have big days. The Giants have their full set of seven draft picks, starting with the 19th selection overall. Cornerback, and tight end also face some uncertainty.
New York has an elite group of receivers. Victor Cruz has developed a reputation as one of the league’s best at his position. Hakeem Nicks struggled to stay healthy last year which hurt the offense. New York has a chance to regain its status and return to the playoffs. A solid core should have it in the picture again next year. Questions do exist, however; it is just a matter of how General Manager Jerry Reese addresses them.
First Round: Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri
This area suddenly became a need when veteran Chris Canty was released. Canty excelled in run defense and pass rush. His presence will be missed on New York’s defensive line. The addition of Cullen Jenkins brings a large presence in the middle. It may seem that picking another defensive tackle in the first round is redundant. A team can never have enough pass rushers though which is important against Robert Griffin III, Tony Romo, and Michael Vick or Nick Foles.There is something to be said for depth.
Sheldon Richardson had a similar skill set for the
Reese has shown he is willing to draft based on talent and not on need, (Jason Pierre-Paul) for example.
Second Round: Vance McDonald, Tight End, Rice
Martellus Bennett had a year of redemption of sorts. After joining New York he showed that he could adapt attitude. Bennett also appeared to have chemistry with Manning, recording 55 receptions, while scoring five touchdowns. His contract, however, was just a one-year deal. While there is a mutual desire to stay together, there is never any guarantee when dealing with contracts.
Bear Pascoe is a fan favorite, but his ability to be a full-time receiving threat would be uncertain. Vance McDonald would step into a versatile role. During his final year, McDonald showed that he had a nose for the football, bringing in 36 catches.
He has also demonstrated speed, and play-making ability. The only concern is the two touchdowns he managed last year. This could easily be addressed with more targets in the red zone. Manning loves to find tight ends down near the goal-line, so McDonald is an interesting prospect. Higher ranked tight ends Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz come off the board earlier, but McDonald is a nice consolation prize.
Third Round: Ryan Swope, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
On paper the Giants are set at wide receiver. Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks bring a dynamic duo on the outside. Unfortunately, games are not played on paper. Circumstances make it important to add to this position. Nicks has been on and off the field the last two seasons. When healthy, he uses a mix of size and speed.
As of now Cruz’s future is somewhat in doubt. The player who went from undrafted out of UMass to Pro Bowler has gone through negations with New York. As a restricted free agent, Cruz will draw a lot of interest. There is a chance, he could be gone.
Ryan Swope serves as a great value pick in the third round. Swope set Texas A&M records for receptions and receiving yards with 89 for 1,207 yards. He also had 11 touchdowns which also is a record. Swope stands at 6'0'' tall and ran a 4.34 40. This makes him an ideal candidate for the slot.
He would also fit in well with the young Ramses Barden, and Rueben Randle. Whether it is by necessity or luxury, Swope could make a good selection. His "trick-shot” video was entertaining, and shows his athleticism in a different way.
Fourth Round: Brandon McGee, Cornerback, Miami (Florida)
Corey Webster struggled mightily last season. While Prince Amukamara is emerging as a reliable number one cornerback, there needs to be depth. Webster after all may not even be on the roster next year. Brandon McGee may have only had two interceptions during his senior year at Miami which could cause some concern, and perhaps his value to drop. There is a physical nature of his game. 109 career total tackles is an impressive statistic.
If he improves his coverage skills by recording more interceptions, he can become a solid all-around player. After New York struggled on the back end of 2012, they need to improve talent at cornerback. He may also have to switch at times because of weakness at safety.
Fifth Round: Reid Fragel, Right Tackle, Ohio State
David Diehl has long been a reliable right tackle for the Giants. Unfortunately, Father Time as they say is undefeated. Diehl appeared to be fatigued at times during this past season. He was repeatedly beaten by opposing pass rushers. Manning needs to be protected on a consistent basis. If Diehl is rested, he could return to form, but it is too early to tell.
Will Beatty appeared to be an up-and coming prospect that was cut by New York. If Diehl does not completely rebound, there is a necessity to address the future. Either way, there should be an addition. This is where Reid Fragel comes in.
Fragel is a converted tight end who has demonstrated the ability to hold up extremely well in the physical Big Ten. This is comparable to the playing style that would be faced in the NFC East.
Sixth Round: Cierre Wood, Running Back, Notre Dame
There is a new duo in the Big Apple. David Wilson and Andre Brown together are a promising pair of running backs. Wilson is the feature back who thrives in the open field while Brown is the bruising power runner who can bully his way through to the end zone. There is just one thing missing.
A smaller player who can catch balls out of the backfield would complete this picture. Cierre Wood fits such a role. Wood had 27 receptions for Notre Dame in 2011. That number decreased to five last year, but he can contribute in the passing game. His running ability presents a dual threat that was missing since Ahmad Bradshaw went down with injury, then was ultimately released earlier this offseason.
Seventh Round: Collin Klein, Quarterback, Kansas State
This selection serves a couple of purposes. Manning, of course, is entrenched as the starter for New York. Manning does, however, need a backup. David Carr is a free agent, and the current crop of available quarterbacks is so thin, that Carr could hypothetically go to another team and compete for a starting job.
His absence would leave New York with Manning and only Curtis Painter to back him up. As a result, there needs to be another signal caller to add to the mix. Collin Klien saw his stock drop greatly, but could benifit form learning under Kevin Gilbride, who helped teach Manning. Klien has an ideal build for a quaterback so he could overcome concerns about his realease. The one time Heisman Trophy canidate also is very mobile so he could also provide a "wildcat" presence in the short term.