New York Giants: 2011 NFL Draft

Combine watch: LB C.J. Mosley

February, 18, 2014
Feb 18
With the NFL scouting combine set to begin this week, we're taking a look at a handful of prospects the New York Giants might consider with the No. 12 pick in the first round. Today's entry is someone I don't think there's any chance they'll take, but I guess you never know.

C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Why they'd take him: They appear to be trying to re-sign linebacker Jon Beason before he hits the free-agent market, but (a) they might not be able to do that and (b) it's not as though they couldn't use linebacker help on either side of Beason if they did. The Giants have ignored this position almost aggressively over the past few years and historically don't seem to value it enough to use this high a pick on it. But Mosley is a do-everything linebacker prospect who could anchor the position for them for a long time. It's possible that the way Beason played for them this season opened their eyes to the importance of the position relative to their previous opinion on the matter.

Where he ranks: Our pre-draft rankings have him as the No. 7 overall player and the No. 1 inside linebacker. Mel Kiper's latest mock draft Insider has him going No. 12 to the Giants, and Mel knows the history. Todd McShay's latest mock draft Insider has Mosley going No. 8 to the Vikings.

Something positive (via ESPN's scouting report): "Upper-echelon range versus run. Consistently makes plays outside tackle box. Very good closing burst. Smooth athlete."

Something negative: "Struggles to get off blocks versus most offensive linemen when isolated in a phone booth, but is showing improved savvy with more game experience."

History: The last time the Giants took a linebacker in the first round was 1984, when they took Michigan State's Carl Banks with the No. 3 overall pick. Maybe 30 years is long enough to stick to your guns on something like this, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Giants mock draft 6.0

April, 28, 2011
The final mock drafts are up and here’s Mel Kiper’s and Todd McShay’s final takes. McShay also picks all of the Giants picks here.

KIPER: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

UPDATE: “Indications are the Giants may prefer to take Nate Solder of Colorado with this pick, instead of Castonzo. Either case makes sense.

The Giants really can't avoid the fact that despite needs elsewhere, namely linebacker, if they don't add youth and talent to their aging offensive line, they could be in a lot of trouble. While I could see the Giants going for another lineman (see: Chiefs pick), in Castonzo they get more in terms of positional value and the kind of durable, smart player who can give them production at a premium position right away. This gives the Giants a chance to move David Diehl inside and solve a couple problems with one pick.”

MCSHAY: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

"Running back is not a primary need for the Giants but Ingram has been gaining momentum in recent days and would upgrade the running game with his instincts and toughness.”

OHM’s take: Indications are that the Giants are going to draft an offensive tackle at 19. USC’s Tyron Smith would be ideal but he is expected to be gone by 19. The Giants then could decide between Castonzo, Solder and Carimi.

It isn’t known which tackle the Giants have rated higher than the other. Castonzo is widely regarded as a higher prospect than Solder and Carimi but Solder offers intriguing talent and size. Carimi is expected to be very solid. I wouldn't be surprised to see them take Solder or Carimi.

If Ingram is there at 19, the Giants will consider the running back. Same goes for Illinois DT Corey Liuget. But we still see them taking a tackle. Here's my first and last mock draft of 2011.

We’ll find out in a few hours. Here’s your last chance to let us know who you want at 19 below.