By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on April 28, 2014
Leading up to the NFL Draft, some fans can get so caught up in the pre-draft hype and the expert forecasts that they treat any pick outside the status quo as a worst-case scenario. While that shouldn't be cause to fret, if the Giants pick any of the following players, it could be.
Brandin Cooks is a dynamic player and will probably end up a great fit on the right team. That team is not the Giants, however. While it's true New York could use some reinforcements in the receiving corps, with the presence of Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan and Mario Manningham, the last thing the Giants need is another diminutive receiver. With the loss of Hakeem Nicks to free agency, if the Giants choose a receiver, it should be one with size.
C.J. Mosley is one of the top 15 prospects in this draft class, so you might wonder why his name is on this list. The Giants re-signed Jon Beason this offseason, and he and his contract will be entrenched at MLB. Mosley's primary value comes at the same position, being able to go sideline to sideline and diagnose plays from the middle of the defense. As an OLB, not only is he not as effective, but you don't take a 4-3 OLB this high in the draft.
Dennard is arguably the best cover corner in the draft. Again, it might puzzle some as to why he'd be a worst-case scenario. This has more to do with the construction of the Giants roster than Dennard's aptitude as a player. The Giants splurged on CBs this off-season, signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, and Zack Bowman in free agency. Taking another player in such a key draft position would be a misappropriation of assets.
Kony Ealy may be one of the best 4-3 end prospects in this class, but if the Giants are considering taking him, they'd be wise to trade back and pick up an extra pick or two. Jerry Reese has never been afraid to take the guy he wants at the spot he's picking, but there are few, if any teams that will consider Ealy before Cincinnati at 24. By dropping back a few spots, Reese could justify landing Ealy without reaching too much.
Johnny Manziel is the most polarizing figure in this year's draft, with some considering him a top-10 pick and others not wanting to touch him with a 10-foot pole. Eli Manning isn't getting any younger and his contract is up in a few seasons — would the Giants really consider drafting his heir apparent? Not only is Manziel a needless gamble for the Giants to take, they have other positions of need much greater than Manning's eventual replacement.
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