Thursday, May 8, 2014
Big Blue Morning: At long last
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Yes, the first round of the NFL draft is tonight, finally, after far too long a wait, and as you well know the New York Giants hold the No. 12 overall pick. Here is what I've got for you with about 12 hours until it's the Giants' turn to pick:
I picked Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan for the Giants in our NFL Nation mock draft on ESPN.com on Tuesday and on SportsCenter on Wednesday, but the situation is fluid and as of this morning I do not think Lewan will be the pick. First of all, I think he will be gone by No. 12. And second of all, even if he is gone, I think they have other guys they like better, including Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin. This is my impression based on a number of conversations I've had in recent days with people who have at least some insight into the Giants' thought process. If the choice at No. 12 comes down to Martin or Lewan, I believe they would take Martin.
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley told reporters in New York City on Wednesday that the Giants "pretty much said that if I get to them, they'd be looking for me to be on the field starting the first game," per Conor Orr. I like Mosley a lot, and I think he would be a fine pick for the Giants at No. 12. But (a) they need this pick to be an offensive player, because that is the side of the ball on which they need the most work, and (b) the Giants haven't taken a linebacker in the first round since (all together now!) Carl Banks in 1984. They don't do it. They won't do it. They just paid fairly big money to lock up Jon Beason. As I said on Twitter on Wednesday, if the Giants take Mosley with the No. 12 pick tonight, I will walk the 14.3 miles home from East Rutherford.
LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. said his former college teammate, Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle, told him "they're interested, and if they can get me, they'll get me," per Art Stapleton. Beckham also says he went to the same high school as Eli Manning. Beckham, I believe, is a much more realistic possibility than has been reported up until now, and I will address the likelihood of his being the pick later today in a prediction post.
I'll check back in with that post and maybe one or two more as the day goes along, though I do have some Mother's Day errands to knock out. (Yeah, that's right. Don't forget!) I will also be in East Rutherford at the Giants' team facility tonight during the draft, and will fill you in on everything they say about their pick after they make it. I'll be back there again Friday night and Saturday afternoon for all of your Giants draft weekend needs. Meantime, enjoy the breathless anticipation.