NFC East: Lavonte David

We did this for the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, and it only seems fair to keep it up for the other teams in our division (other than the Redskins, whose draft scenarios are too simple to warrant a whole post). Let's look at Todd McShay's latest mock draft Insider and the various scenarios he lays out for the New York Giants with the 32nd pick.

His No. 1 scenario for the Giants is that they take Ohio State tackle Mike Adams at No. 32. If he falls this far, Adams would be the perfect combination of value and positional need -- nearly an ideal pick for the Giants, who could start him at right tackle right away and possibly develop him into a left tackle if things don't work out with Will Beatty over there.

Scenario No. 2 for the Giants, Todd says, would be to "take advantage of value and make a luxury pick for a player such as Stanford TE Coby Fleener or Nebraska OLB Lavonte David."

This is a fun idea, and Super Bowl champions often do find themselves making "luxury picks" because they don't usually have many holes to fill. The Giants, at 9-7, had the worst regular-season record of any Super Bowl champion in history, so it's reasonable to assume they have more holes to fill than have most teams that have picked last in the first round. The good thing in this case is that players like Fleener and David would address specific holes the Giants do have, while also offering excellent value for the pick. Fleener would be a great hedge against the health of Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum (not to mention the as-yet-unrealized potential of Martellus Bennett), and David would add depth to their corps of very young linebackers, increasing the odds that the group eventually produces a starter or two.

And the third and final scenario Todd lays out is that they trade down, taking advantage of some team's desire to move up and pick a quarterback at the tail end of the first round and amassing picks later in the draft. This would be enticing for the Giants, and they're sure to be getting calls late on that Thursday night.
Todd McShay's got a new mock draft up. It actually went up yesterday, but I was busy filling up the blog with live stuff from the owners meetings. So today, exactly four weeks from the draft, I present to you Todd's latest two-round mock draft Insider. It's Insider, but you know I like to take care of you guys.

Washington Redskins

Round One, pick 2: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Round Two: No pick

Not too much to pick apart here. The only way the first part of this changes is if the Colts take Griffin at No. 1, in which case the Redskins will take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. And the only way the second part changes is if they trade up into the second round to grab a guy they like there. The Redskins traded their second-round pick to the Rams as part of the trade for the No. 2 overall pick.

Dallas Cowboys

Round One, pick 14: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

Round Two, pick 45: Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern State

Interesting first-round choice, especially with Mark Barron and Courtney Upshaw on the board. I'm thinking the Cowboys want a pass-rusher here, and that Upshaw would be hard to pass up. But as Todd points, out, Cox can help the pass rush from the inside, and would allow the Cowboys to run more four-man fronts or move Jay Ratliff outside sometimes. A guard in the second round? I guess maybe, but they did draft two guards last year and sign two earlier this month.

Philadelphia Eagles

Round One, pick 15: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Round Two, pick 46: Devon Still, DT, Penn State

Round Two, pick 51: Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma

I was surprised to see Todd give the Eagles a safety here. They have picked safeties early in several recent drafts and likely want to keep giving Nate Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett opportunities. I've been thinking they add a veteran safety in free agency, but if they don't, Barron looks like a good value pick at 15. As for the second-round selections, both would add depth at positions where the Eagles need it. I wonder, as many are wondering these days, if the Eagles might use one of their second-round picks on a quarterback to start grooming Michael Vick's eventual successor.

New York Giants

Round 1, pick 32: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska

Round 2, pick 63: Mitchell Schwartz, T, California

If the Giants came out of the first two rounds with a linebacker and a tackle, I'd have to think they'd be thrilled. And if David is still there at 32, he's the kind of value pick the Giants wouldn't be able to pass up.

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