Monday, March 21, 2011
Giants mock draft 3.1
By Ohm Youngmisuk
The draft is a little over a month away and ESPN draft expert Todd McShay has his latest mock draft out. This time, McShay has included second-round projections as well.
The New York Giants select 19th overall and ESPN draft gurus McShay and Mel Kiper have had the Giants pretty much concentrating on offensive line in their mock drafts. Both have the Giants strengthening their interior offensive line by taking Florida’s guard/center Mike Pouncey in their latest mock drafts.
Kiper had the Giants tabbing Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder in last month’s mock draft. In his first mock in January, he had the Giants drafting Pouncey.
19. Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida
“The Giants don't have many big needs and taking Pouncey here would provide depth behind Shaun O'Hara, who made the Pro Bowl in 2009 but was nagged by injury all year and is on the downside of his career, and oft-injured LOG Rich Seubert. This might seem a little high for Pouncey but he is clearly the top interior offensive lineman in this class, and I've heard of at least three teams that are considering him in the top 20.”
Ohm’s take: Pouncey makes a lot of sense for the Giants because their top three centers –- Shaun O’Hara, Rich Seubert and Adam Koets –- are all rebounding from surgeries.
O’Hara had surgery on his foot and is scheduled to have another procedure to clean out his ankle and Achilles. Seubert is recovering from surgery on a dislocated kneecap while Koets had ACL surgery last year.
The Giants can cover themselves for the present and future by adding Pouncey, the consensus best center/guard in the draft. While the Giants’ biggest need is linebacker, the greatest value at 19 appears to be an offensive lineman with several tackles available in that range.
There are plenty of defensive linemen available in the first round as well so you can never discount them taking another defensive lineman again. But considering how they used their first two picks last year on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and defensive tackle Linval Joseph, the Giants might strengthen their offensive line this time around.