With only the 1st round today waiting 32 picks for the Giants to select will be agonizing and it could be even more so if, with a number of similarly rated players on the board, they get a good offer to trade out of the round altogether whilst they are ‘on the clock’. Can you imagine the response Roger Goodell’s announcement would receive from the crowd if they did that?! I think I’d put my foot through my computer if having stayed up until gone 4am in the morning that happened!!
Seriously though what do I think will happen? With Jerry Reese already on record as suggesting there isn’t much difference between the 16th and 35th best player the Giants will obviously hope one of their top 15 slips down to them so they get great value for their pick.
I obviously don’t know where they are rated by the Giants but its possible that the team could be be the beneficiary of a windfall from one of the following five players slipping down to them:
DE Quinton Coples (desire, maturity, character)
OLB Courtney Upshaw (athletic ability/speed are average)
OT Riley Reiff (short arms, lack of upside, better suited to RT)
OT Jonathon Martin (lack of strength, considered by some to be ‘soft’)
CB Dre Kirkpatrick (build, durability and character)
To me, either OT or Coples would be a ’no brainer’ due to their value and our needs at their respective positions but Upshaw should really only come into the reckoning if Osi is traded and Kiwi plays DE and Kirkpatrick were Prince Amukamara’s prognosis nowhere near as good as has been indicated.
In terms of players that they will target I found it hard to pinpoint in the 1st round as so many of those that I like and consider good ‘fits’ just don’t rate as 1st rounders in my view but instead sit just outside the 1st round in my overall top 40. I do find it hard to believe they would plan to take a WR in the 1st round despite some good ones being available so I’ve narrowed it down to RB, G, T, DE & DT
Last year the Giants took players I didn’t want in both of the 1st two rounds so with that in mind I’m prepared to be disappointed so if none of the potential ‘slippers’ falls far enough and the Giants do take a player with the final pick of the 1st round I’d expect their selection to be made from the following groups:
My top 7 The Giants top 7
DE Whitney Mercilus DE Chandler Jones
OG Amini Silatolu RB Doug Martin
RB Doug Martin DE Andre Branch
DE Vinny Curry OG Kevin Zeitler
OT Bobby Massie DT Devon Still
DT Kendall Reyes OT Bobby Massie
OLB Shea McClellin S Harrison Smith
The 1st round pick no one sees coming (but would be a nice fit): WR Alshon Jeffrey/DT Jerel Worthy
Player who we would most likely select if trading up a few spots: MLB Donta Hightower
Player most likely to cause a change of direction from the plan if still available: WR Stephen Hill