New York Giants: 2014 Mel Kiper Mock 3.0

Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Giants

March, 13, 2014
Mar 13
Now, this is more like it. After assigning the New York Giants an inside linebacker at the No. 12 overall pick in his first two mock drafts of 2014, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has altered his most recent mock Insider and now has the Giants selecting North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron.

Even if the Giants had taken a linebacker in the first round since 1984 (which they have not), the re-signing of Jon Beason makes a pick of Alabama's C.J. Mosley unlikely. Ebron, however, makes a ton of sense.

The free-agent market at tight end is underwhelming, and the Giants have been getting by for too long with one-year stopgap solutions at tight end. That bit them in 2013, when Brandon Myers flopped, and it's time to address the position for the long-term. Ebron is, by all accounts, an instant difference-maker and a freakish athlete who could enable the Giants to do things at the tight end position they haven't been able to do since the heyday of Jeremy Shockey. Eli Manning needs weapons on offense, and Ebron would give him a versatile one.

I could see the Giants going any number of ways in the first round. They could take an offensive lineman, a cornerback, a wide receiver or a defensive lineman, and it would be tough to rip the pick. They are rebuilding a roster in decay, and they have tons of long-term needs. But Ebron would be an exciting and appropriate pick at No. 12.

Kiper Mock 3.0: Giants

March, 13, 2014
Mar 13
The New York Giants had to scramble from an 0-6 start to finish 7-9 in 2013, and they entered the offseason with significant needs all over the roster. They have addressed the offensive line to a certain extent early in free agency, bringing in left guard Geoff Schwartz and center J.D. Walton. They also have added running back Rashad Jennings and re-signed linebacker Jon Beason.

But there is more to do on both sides of the ball as the Giants work on getting younger and re-stocking the pipeline for the long term at key positions. No matter what they end up doing for the rest of free agency, the draft will offer them an opportunity to continue that project. And if they fill immediate needs on the offensive and defensive lines with their free agency moves, they'll be able to take the best player available, regardless of position, in the first round.

That could mean another offensive lineman such as Michigan's Taylor Lewan, so great are their overall needs there. It could mean a pass-catching weapon for Eli Manning, such as tight end Eric Ebron or wide receiver Mike Evans. It could mean a cornerback such as Justin Gilbert, a defensive tackle such as Aaron Donald or some other defensive piece. The Giants could go any number of ways in the first round of the draft, and none would constitute a glaring mistake.

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