NFL: New York Giants Mock Draft, Week 4: 7 Rounds
New York Giants 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 4, 7 Rounds
The New York Giants suffered two losses in free agency as of late. Although neither departure was a surprise, they will both have some impact on New York’s upcoming season. Chase Blackburn may not have been the most gifted player, but the middle linebacker was considered an emotional leader for his team. His return helped spur New York to its last Super Bowl victory. Another loss must also be made up for by general manager Jerry Reese.
Despite a consistent practice of demanding a bigger contract, Osi Umenyiora was at one point a key part of the Giant’s front seven. He still had 43 combined tackles last year which is solid for a defensive end. His pass rushing ability declined slightly, as Umenyiora’s six sacks were his lowest total since 2006.
In addition to these issues there remains weakness in a few other positions. As it has already been established, secondary help is something New York could use. Pass coverage was exposed for the Giants especially down the stretch in 2012.
For all of his inconsistency, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is capable of lighting up a defense at any time. Michael Vick, Nick Foles, and Dennis Dixon (so we are told) are competing for the starting quarterback job for the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick and Foles could lead a tremendous passing game if given time by their offensive line. Robert Griffin III is a rising star for the Washington Redskins and if healthy, he creates a nightmare matchup. Again, New York has not done anything since the first few days when they added defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. Not much changes in the first few rounds of this week’s selection process, mainly because the previous picks fit based on need, skill of the players and projections of where they should come off the board. Some alterations do occur after the first three rounds.
First Round: Datone Jones, Defensive End, UCLA
Consistency is the theme with this pick. Week three’s Mock Draft saw Datone Jones make his debut. I have decided to take Jones again. His ability to get to the quarterback makes him valuable. During his fifth year at UCLA, Jones had a career-high 6.5 sacks. At his current weight of 283 pounds, he is a little oversized to be a 4-3 defensive end.
New York would likely ask him to lose 10 to 15 pounds. However, he is still a good pick. Jones could also be a backup defensive tackle if they decide to keep him at this size. He would be great insurance behind the often injured Justin Tuck, and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Manti Te’o impressed at Notre Dame’s Pro Day by running a 4.70 40-yard dash. He is now a player to watch for New York going forward.
Second Round: Jonathan Cyprien, Strong Safety, Florida International
Once again, I have Jonathan Cyprien being the Giant’s second-round pick. He has been the selection in each of the first three Mock Drafts and he is here as well. There is such a great balance in his game. Cyprien is able to make plays against the run and can defend the pass too. His four interceptions to go along with previously mentioned 96 tackles last season, shows how well-rounded this Florida International product is on the field.
Of course, New York has good talent at the two safety positions in Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown. In all likelihood Brown will remain with the team although he has not signed his first-round tender. Rolle is great in run support and is also not bad when opponents go to the air. Depth has never hurt anyone, while Cyprien is a starter quality talent.
Third Round:Brian Winters, Offensive Guard, Kent State
If it is not obvious by now, I love the pick of Brian Winters to the Giants. Winters simply has the look of someone who belongs on this team. New York has a tradition of stocking their offensive line with big, aggressive players.
There is now a major need as inexperience runs rampant. Chris Degeare and Selvish Capers as I have said, don’t inspire much confidence. Kevin Boothe has been resigned. However, it is only a one year deal. Injuries also plague him. Winters may be a second-round pick, but if he is here this would be a steal.
Fourth Round: Nico Johnson, Middle Linebacker, Alabama
This fourth-round spot has changed every week. It needs to be altered again here. Chase Thomas was the previous selection, but positional priorities have been altered. Instead of focusing on the outside, New York now must look for a middle linebacker with Blackburn’s departure. Nico Johnson from Alabama has a lot of untapped potential. Although Johson had 163 total tackles, he never had more than 55 stops in a single season.
He constantly switched between outside and inside linebacker. Now that Blackburn has joined the Carolina Panthers, New York will lean on Dan Connor and Mark Herzlick who show great promise, but they both combined for 87 tackles. Johnson’s presence adds energy to this defense.
Fifth Round: Reid Fragel, Right Tackle,Ohio State
Here is a player who makes a return to the draft board. Reid Fragel has been missing after first appearing on the inaugural group of selections. Fragel became appealing again when thinking of what could happen if starting right tack David Diehl went down with a significant injury. Diehl is already susceptible to missing time. His backup James Brewer shows promise, but is hardly established.
Fragel’s massive size allows for the ability to hold up well against both the run and pass. As previously mention, Fragel is a converted tight end that possesses good foot work. He could push Brewer for the second spot.
Sixth Round: Mychal Rivera, Tight End, Tennessee
Mychal Rivera is once again the sixth-round pick for the Giants. At this point in the Draft, New York can address the tight-end position Rivera would operate greatly in the two tight end set with Brandon Myers. He also provides great depth in case Myers suffers an injury or struggles to produce. The former Tennessee tight end displayed a well-rounded game on the field and has taken positive strides in the offseason.
Once again Travis Beckum’s status with the team is unknown. He has solid potential, but he is often injured and continues to be a free agent.
Seventh Round: Miguel Maysonet, Running Back, Stony Brook
Miguel Maysonet is another example of a small school star that could be a gem at the next level. Even though he only stands at 5’9, Maysonet makes an impact each time he touches the football. As a former student sports writer at Coastal Carolina’s newspaper, I witnessed Maysonet first hand. His weight of just over 209 pounds does not cause him to slow down, in fact it makes him a powerful runner.
New York could use him in the backfield to spell Andre Brown aand David Wilson. Maysonet had a Big South Conference record 1,964 yards this past season and is one of the best at his position that the conference has ever seen. While Maysonet never had more than nine catches in a single season, he averaged 11 yards a reception. The playmaking ability of this running back makes him too tempting to pass at this point.
Seventh Round:(Compensatory Pick) Rod Sweeting, Cornerback,Georgia Tech
Once again Rod Sweeting is the final pick for the Giants. Sweeting did only have five interceptions during his four year career at Georgia Tech. He did show considerable upside. As the Sun Bowl MVP, Sweeting could have put teams on notice. His before mentioned return skills and quickness make Sweeting a desirable prospect.
In the seventh round, especially with the second to last pick, the Giants can afford to take a risk. Their group of cornerbacks has also struggled at times and could use some help. As I have mentioned before, Corey Webster and Aaron Ross have played well at times, but also fail to perform at a high level consistently.