New York Giants 7 Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft
by Peter Shaw
1. Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia:
The Giants need serious help at linebacker when your best linebacker is Michael Boley, the LB corps can use an upgrade. Ogletree has the speed and instincts to play inside or outside in the 4-3 scheme the Giants use.
2. Dallas Thomas, OG/OT, Tennessee:
Kevin Boothe’s contract is up and at 32 Jerry Reese may be looking to bring in youth. Thomas is a fast footed mammoth that can play tackle if the line is hit by the injury bug.
3. Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois:
Marvin Austin has failed to live up to his second round status and Rocky Bernard will be 34 at the beginning of the season. Spence is a force against the run totaling 69 tackles as a sophomore in 2011 and in 2012 as a junior racking up 72. Spence will need to attain a few pass rushing moves but will learn as Perry Fewell rotates him with Canty and Linval.
4. Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina:
Justin Tuck took a year off (sarcasm) and Osi Umenyiori is not under contract after this year. A new DE is needed to fit into the rotation, same as they did with JPP his rookie year. Devin Taylor was overshadowed last year with All-American Melvin Ingram and this year with Jadeveon Clowney the All-World DE on the opposite side. Taylor is listed at 6’7”, 268, very similar to JPP. Taylor stats dropped this year to 3 sacks in 2012 from 6 in 2011 and 7.5 in 2010; this is the reason for his fall. Super-value pick for the G-Men.
5. Michael Mauti, MLB, Penn State:
As addressed previously, the linebacking corps for the Giants needs to be revamped. With Alec Ogletree in the 1st round, Michael Mauti can man the middle with Boley holding up the strongside. He a true Penn State LB, 6’2, 240 lbs, racked up 96 tackles, 4 TFL’s, 2.5 sacks and 2 INT’s. He has the ability to shed blocks and cover when needed. The youth movement in NY has arrived.
6. Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas:
The Giants could use help in their secondary. They may be losing oft-injured Kenny Phillips to free agency and have to find a pure #2 corner. Corey Webster has been beat too many times this year and Jayron Hosley hasn’t shown he can man the opposite side of the “Prince”. Carrington Byndom amassed 3 interceptions, 50 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 4 passes defended and 2 blocked kicks. He is overshadowed by the stout play of Kenny Vaccaro but has played extremely well for the most part of the season.
7. Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas:
There is no true receiving talent behind Martellus Bennett. Bear Pascoe is more of a blocking tight end so another TE to challenge Adrien Robinson for that last roster spot makes sense.
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