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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock: Giants

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

The NFL draft is now just two weeks away, and the New York Giants hold the No. 12 pick in the first round. In spite of a free-agent signing spree that landed them 15 new players at various positions, the Giants still have a lot of short-term and long-term needs they could address in the first round. They could plausibly pick an offensive lineman, a wide receiver, a tight end or a defensive lineman and fill a need right away.

Todd McShay's latest mock draft is out today Insider, and he's got a brand-new name in that No. 12 slot for the Giants.

Todd is predicting the Giants take Virginia tackle Morgan Moses at No. 12. Moses currently sits at No. 13 overall and is the No. 4 rated offensive lineman on Scouts Inc.'s Big Board.

A lot of the names connected to the Giants in prior mocks -- including tight end Eric Ebron, wide receiver Mike Evans and tackle Taylor Lewan -- are gone by the time the Giants pick in this latest mock. What appears to have happened is that Todd has dropped the top quarterbacks way down in the draft, on the premise that the quarterback-needy teams at the top of the draft aren't impressed with this year's crop and might take better players in the first round and wait until the second or third to address quarterback. So guys like Ebron, Evans and Lewan move up, and in this scenario the Giants take the best available offensive lineman.

I have said this before and I will surely say it again. There is absolutely nothing whatsoever wrong with the Giants taking the best available offensive lineman in the first round. Or the second or third, for that matter. Yes, there are other needs on the roster. But there was no need more glaring in 2013 than on the offensive line. Their free-agent signings should help, but they haven't solved the long-range problem of a lack of top-level talent in the pipeline at the offensive line positions.

If Moses were ready to play right away, Justin Pugh could move inside to guard. Or Moses could. Also, having another first-round tackle to go with Pugh gives the Giants some level of insurance if Will Beatty isn't healthy in time for the season or plays poorly again.

They need more and better talent on the offensive line, and if that's what is available to them at No. 12, they should jump at it. It's the best way for the Giants to address a big-picture problem that bit them in a big way last season.