Giants mock draft 2.0

February, 17, 2011
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The NFL Combine is a week away and our draft experts have released their latest mock drafts.

In no particular order, the New York Giants can use another offensive lineman, cornerback, linebacker, tight end, running back, a speedy playmaker for special teams and possibly another safety.

Here are Mel Kiper's and Todd McShay's second look at who the Giants might draft at 19, with their analysis.

Kiper: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

"Solder is another tackle defined by his athletic frame and ability to move for the position. Probably not an immediate starter at left tackle because of developing pass-blocking skills, Solder still is a good value here. A player with a massive 6-foot-8 frame who manages good leverage at the point of attack, he gets good surge as a run-blocker and works well to the second level. No injury history and very smart, he should become a solid NFL starter in short order."

McShay: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

"The Giants can use this pick to solidify QB Eli Manning's protection for the next several years. Current LT David Diehl can move inside to guard, Will Beatty can play either tackle position and RT Kareem McKenzie is entering his 11th season and will be a free agent after the 2012 season. Smith has great potential as a left tackle, but he started two seasons at right tackle at USC and is still a bit unpolished."

Ohm's take: In his previous mock draft, McShay had the Giants taking Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget. Kiper had the Giants drafting Florida's G/C Mike Pouncey. Now both draft experts have the Giants going offensive tackle.

It certainly makes sense, since the Giants' offensive line can use an injection of youth, athleticism and depth. Despite numerous injuries, the line played terrific with several bodies filling in superbly. Despite starting six different combinations last season, the Giants' offensive line allowed only 16 sacks.

GM Jerry Reese has depth and versatility on the line, but center Shaun O'Hara (foot), guard Rich Seubert(kneecap) and backup center Adam Koets (knee) will all be coming off surgeries. Tackle Shawn Andrews' surgically repaired back was problematic this past season.

The Giants currently have Andrews, Diehl and Beatty as candidates at left tackle. Diehl can play left guard, although he rather play left tackle. Right tackle McKenzie, 31, is coming off a solid season and Pro Bowl right guard Chris Snee is in his prime.

Rookie Mitch Petrus awaits his turn for playing time and Kevin Boothe, who was a valuable contributor this past season, will be looking for a new contract.

O'Hara and Seubert are as tough as they come and can never be discounted. Both veterans will rehab their tails off to be ready for the season. But with a potential lockout looming and so much uncertainty surrounding free agency, the Giants must cover themselves and add more depth and youth on the offensive line at some point in the draft.

Personally, I'd love to see the Giants add playmakers. They need more athleticism and speed since they must keep up with the Eagles' speedy trio of Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and are starving for help on special teams. But that type of player might not be available at 19, so the Giants need to take whomever they feel is the best player on their board at that time, and that may be an offensive lineman.

Who do you guys want at 19? Pouncey? Alabama running back Mark Ingram? UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers? Tell us who you want below.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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