This is our first New York Giants seven-round mock draft simulation. If Big Blue can do this well, some very good players will join the team in the next few weeks.
Today I put on my Dave Gettleman pants and filled in for the New York Giants General Manager in several simulated mock drafts. Aside from varied player ratings that changed (sometimes wildly) from draft to draft, I did not make any trades. Believe me, I really wanted to because the results could have been so much better, but I played with the hand I was dealt.
Last year’s 4-12 record led the G-Men to the fourth overall draft pick. Just to beat a dead horse, had the New York Giants lost to Washington on December 22, instead of winning in overtime, they would have had the second pick and Chase Young would be all but a lock to come to New York. But to quote former Jets Head Coach Herm Edwards: “You play to win the game. Hello. You play to win the game.”
With that dismal record, it’s no surprise the Giants have a bunch of holes to fill. Some of them were addressed in free agency. James Bradberry was brought in to be the lockdown corner and Blake Martinez takes over at middle linebacker for the disappointing Alec Ogletree. Although, Gettleman only plugged the dam with toilet paper, its a start.
Among the positions that still need attention are an offensive tackle, edge rusher, safety, center, long snapper, maybe another cornerback. There are several deep positions in this draft and tackle is among them. There are also a few dynamic talents, outside of the top quarterbacks.
I did five different mock draft simulations. The sites I used were The Draft Network, Mock Draft Database, Pro Football Network, and Draftspeak (with two separate evaluation boards). My goal was to plug holes and where appropriate get the best player available. Of the five, I went with the one I think came out the best.