NFL Mock Draft Top 10: How It Affects New York Giants, New York Jets

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2015 NFL Mock Draft: How the Top 10 Picks can affect the Giants and Jets

With the 2015 NFL Draft less than a month away and a majority of the free agency work done, let’s take a look at how the top-10 picks may affect the New York Giants and New York Jets.

Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston and Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota watch drills during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This pick will not affect the Giants in any way, as their future for the next few years is set with Eli Manning (despite no contract extension thus far).

The Jets are in need of a franchise QB and could use the talent Winston brings, but his off-the-field issues and the steep price to move up to No. 1 leave their chances of drafting Winston close to zero.

Again, do not expect Mariota to end up with the Giants.

The Jets on the other hand, have shown interest in Mariota for much of the offseason. I find it unlikely that they trade up to No. 2 to draft him, because it would probably cost them this year’s No. 6 overall pick and a second or third rounder too. Coupled with this is the idea that he could use some more time to develop. With the Jets big offseason signees, it would not make much sense for them to trade up and take someone who needs seasoning. As crazy as it may seem, they have a better chance to win now with Geno Smith or Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Giants could sure use Williams to anchor their defensive line, but there is no chance that he drops all the way to the No. 9 overall pick. I don’t expect the Giants to trade up to take Williams.

The Jets have a need for a pass-rusher, but look for them to take a shot at a LB rather than someone on the defensive line. They seem content with Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson on the line, and their LB core is more in need of an upgrade.

Fowler would definitely have an impact on the Giants or Jets and could improve their pass rush significantly. He seems like a top-5 pick, and either team will have to trade up to select him. Strong showings at the combine increased his value, so look for a team in need of a pass rusher to take him off the board quickly.

Similar to Williams, Ray could be an impact player on both the Giants and Jets. The Giants could create a dynamic Jason Pierre-Paul-Ray tandem if they move up to get Ray, however the price may not be worth it. It’s incredibly difficult to trade up to the top 5 without giving up good value, and the Jets have a better chance of moving up than the Giants.

Ray would also improve the Jets with his pass-rush abilities, but again, their GM would probably prefer drafting an impact LB than a DE.

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