Round 2 – 36th pick
Just when it looked like there was some clarity with the New York Giants second-round pick, it’s once again a jumbled mess. Much of it has to do with the rise of Isaiah Simmons in round one. If Big Blue doesn’t grab an OT early, the drafters believe they have to take one in the next round. Of the seven mocks that had Simmons to the G-Men fourth overall, six of them went with a tackle at 36.
There are a few problems with that scenario. First of all, USC’s Austin Jackson (two selections) has crept up on many boards to a late first-round pick. Second, the other tackles mocked to the Giants in this round, Prince Tega Wanogho, Lucas Niang, and Ezra Cleveland (one selection each), are reaches at this point in the draft. Gettleman should trade down and stockpile picks. If he’s committed to the position and those are his choices.
Edge rushers had more second-round selections than tackles (six to five). Boise State’s Curtis Weaver was the only other player in this round to be selected twice. He seems to be a “boom or bust” prospect, very reminiscent of Michael Strahan when he came out of Texas Southern in 1993. Is he that good, or was he a big fish in a smaller Mountain West Conference pond?
A.J. Epenesa from Iowa and Yetur Gross-Matos from Penn State picked up a selection here. Both should be long since drafted by then. If either is available, Gettleman will be doing back handsprings in his basement. Zack Baun (Wisconsin), and Julian Okwara (Notre Dame) were the other chosen players from the same position. NFL.com’s Chad Reuter had the G-Men trading down a spot in the first round to add a second-round pick at 56 and went with Josh Uche from Michigan.
Other players receiving consideration were Grant Delpit, safety, LSU, Chase Claypool, wide receiver, Notre Dame; A.J. Terrell, cornerback, Clemson: Antoine Winfield Jr., safety, Minnesota: Denzel Mims, wide receiver, Baylor; and Ashtyn Davis, safety, California.