Posted April 18, 2014

New York Giants Mock Draft Tracker

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New York Giants 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: C.J. Mosley, Alabama

C.J. Mosley, Alabama (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

What will the New York Giants do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 12: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

We said: The Giants might have been tempted by Ebron or Donald, had either made it here. Heck, they might have one eye on Odell Beckham Jr. or Marqise Lee as they head to the podium with this pick. The fact of the matter remains that the Giants absolutely have to upgrade their O-line in front of an aging Eli Manning. Lewan is not far behind Matthews and Robinson — some might argue that he’s just as good.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 12: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

We said: With good fits for New York like Evans, Lewan and Donald already off this board, I’m sticking with Ebron, the Tar Heels’ tight end who would add an element of explosiveness to the Giants offense. The defensive needs are many, but as the new guy, offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo probably gets the jump ball in this, his first draft with the G-Men, and that spells finding another weapon to help Eli Manning en route to a rebound season.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 12: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

We said: Many have the Giants taking a tight end with this pick, and though it’s a clear need, it’s also true that Eli Manning has always benefitted most when he had a receiver who could go up and grab the ball no matter the defensive coverage. That was Jeremy Shockey early in Manning’s career, and Plaxico Burress a bit later. Evans is a bit like Burress in his size (6-5, 231) and leaping ability, and he’s certainly used to catching footballs from unconventional angles — being Johnny Manziel’s main target for two years will do that.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 12: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

We said: By signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond this offseason, the Giants all but eliminated any need to think CB here. With Matthews and Robinson off the board and Hakeem Nicks departing via free agency, the lure of Evans is too much to ignore. New York’s attempts thus far to replace Nicks have been uninspired at best.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 12: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

We said: Some mocks have Ebron ticketed for a spot in the top 10, but he’d look pretty good in Giants’ blue, catching passes from Eli Manning in new coordinator Ben McAdoo’s tight end-friendly offense. New York has other needs at defensive line and linebacker, but if Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese are serious about bringing the Giants offense fully into the 21st century, Ebron is an instant upgrade for the passing game.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 12: Anthony Barr, OLB/DE, UCLA

We said: Most mocks have the G-Men taking an offensive tackle with the 12th pick, and there’s no question that head coach Tom Coughlin and new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo have a lot to address when it comes to pass protection. But let’s turn our attention to the other side of the ball, where New York’s formerly impressive defense ranked 28th in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Sack Rate metric in 2013. Barr is still developing as a total defender, but he could change the Giants defense right away as a pure pass-rusher, with his explosion off the snap and impressive speed around the edge.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 12: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

We said: In case you did not already have a sense for why this draft class is so exciting, this pick ought to provide an idea. A cornerback has yet to come off the board here, despite at least two (Dennard and Justin Gilbert) being top-10 quality. There is just so much talent that some players — and some positions — have to slide.

The Giants happily would take this scenario. Put Dennard with Prince Amukamara at corner, and their secondary would be set to contend with just about any passing attack it comes across.

Round 2, pick 43: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

We said: New York has to do a better job protecting Eli Manning, so though Richardson has some inconsistencies in his game, it would be hard to pass on the potential first-rounder at No. 43.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 12: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

We said: Lewan is the draft’s third-highest rated tackle and could crack the top 10 in some first-round scenarios. New York’s offensive problems last season started with Eli Manning’s taking 39 sacks, which had plenty to do with his league-worst 27 interceptions. Veteran left tackle Will Beatty broke a leg last year, so Lewan could be a Day 1 replacement for him, or the rookie could take over at right tackle, with 2013 first-round pick Justin Pugh sliding inside to guard and upgrading the strength of the entire New York offensive line.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 12: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

We said: New York’s regression on offense had a great deal to do with an offensive line that just didn’t step up. Eli Manning was an interception festival at times, and the formerly dominant run game was nothing special in 2013. Tom Coughlin’s team can pick up interior linemen later in the draft, but adding Lewan up top gives that line an edge and flexibility. Toughness will mask certain technique issues as Lewan gets the hang of the NFL game.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 12: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

We said: Would the Giants be tempted here by Darqueze Dennard? He’s the top CB in this class, could be a steal at No. 12 and would give New York a duo of Dennard and Prince Amukamara for the foreseeable future.

They might be. Robinson (or Taylor Lewan) is the safer pick. Eli Manning was sacked 39 times last season and starting LT Will Beatty is coming off a broken leg. With Robinson and 2013 first-rounder Justin Pugh on the edges, New York could get back to scoring points in bunches.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 14: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

We said: After I tabbed Mosley as a Giant in last week’s mini-Mock, ESPN’s Dan Graziano kindly reminded me that it had been three decades since the Giants took a linebacker in Round 1 — Carl Banks, back in 1984. Well, that Banks pick worked out brilliantly, and the Giants find themselves with a clear need at the second level.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 11: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

We said: The Giants have tried to find a middle linebacker for several years now, from signing Chase Blackburn off the street to putting Mark Herzlich in over his head. Mosley is a phenomenal talent — Alabama had him spy Johnny Manziel — and he could be a 100-tackle guy from the outset.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 24: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

We said: Thanks to a 2011 redshirt, Evans, like Manziel, could enter next year’s draft after playing just two college seasons. He should go, too, if he can improve on an 82-catch, 1,105-yard debut. At 6-5, 225, Evans would intrigue any team looking at Brandon Coleman.

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