Thursday, March 6, 2014
McShay Mock 3.0: Giants
By Matt Williamson
Todd McShay's third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today.
Much is going to change on this roster, but as it stands today, the New York Giants really need just about everything. They could lose guys like Linval Joseph and Justin Tuck off their defensive line and all three levels of their defense can use a shot in the arm.
The same is true on offense, where they are currently weak at every spot with the exception of quarterback. And are we even so sure that they are truly "strong" at quarterback right now?
Todd had Michigan's Taylor Lewan going here in his last mock, but that seems highly unlikely now considering how great he showed at the combine, so offensive line help most likely will come in the later rounds.
This is another tricky one, because the two biggest need areas for the Giants, in my opinion, are offensive tackle and linebacker, and those are two positions they hardly ever use first-round picks on. They broke their tackle streak last year, selecting Justin Pugh, and I think with him on the right and Lewan on the left they'd have a significant upgrade and a pairing that can better protect Eli Manning. Lewan certainly justifies the pick from a talent standpoint, as he's long, has good experience and showcased his explosiveness at the combine.