- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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Todd McShay's new mock draft came out Thursday, but I was tied up with TV stuff and Matt Williamson had a reax post and so in terms of me reacting to it... well, that kind of fell through the cracks. My bad. Totally my fault, not yours. To make it up to you, I offer you a Friday afternoon snack in the form of some thoughts on Todd's pick for the New York Giants.
No. 12: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Yeah, that's right. Same guy Todd had the Giants taking in Mock 2.0. Boooooring, right?
Well, maybe yes and maybe it's just the exact right pick for them. Ever think of that? Lewan is a tremendous call for a team that had major offensive line issues in 2013 and counts offensive line among its most pressing short-term and long-term needs. Yes, it would be the second year in a row they spent their first-round pick on an offensive lineman, but to that I would say, "Good! It's about time they prioritized it again."
Lewan could start at right tackle with 2013 first-rounder Justin Pugh moving inside to guard, where he'd be a monster. Or Lewan (or Pugh) could play left tackle if Will Beatty's 2013 struggles were to repeat themselves and the Giants had to move on from Beatty. The point is getting more talent in the pipeline on the offensive line, and Lewan is a high-end talent who'd represent good value at No. 12.
Here are a few guys still on Todd's board at 12 who would also make some degree of sense:
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh. Not a need position to the extent that some are, but if Linval Joseph left in free agency, there'd be room for Donald in the defensive line rotation, and he is a straight-up monster.
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama. This is the guy Mel Kiper Jr. keeps giving the Giants in his mocks, though Mel is well aware that the Giants haven't drafted a first-round linebacker since Carl Banks in 1984. Mel is right that Mosley would make a lot of sense as a long-term solution at a position of continual need, especially if Jon Beason isn't re-signed.
Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame. Same reason Lewan's a good pick. Plus, Martin could be a right-away starter at guard.