Giants mock draft 1.0

March, 8, 2012
We're over a month away from the NFL draft but our draft experts, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have done three mock drafts each, two since the NFL Combine.

Both Kiper and McShay have the Giants going tight end in their last two mock drafts and they both picked the same tight ends in each of their last two mock drafts as well. Here's their picks from their last two mock drafts (3.0 and 2.0) with my take below:

Mock draft 3.0: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

"The Super Bowl was great for the party, but the Giants took a hit on the personnel side, where they lost a pair of tight ends to injury. Fleener has overtaken Dwayne Allen of Clemson as the top tight end on my board, and the Giants need one. He has great hands, will run a lot better than people think and knows how to work in a pro-style system, lined up on the line of scrimmage. He's a great red zone target. The Giants also need offensive line help, or could target a linebacker here, but Fleener makes a lot of sense."

Mock draft 2.0: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

"The Super Bowl will provide plenty of good memories for Giants fans, but from a personnel standpoint, people should also remember the injuries they suffered at tight end, and Allen is the best one in this draft. He's a fantastic athlete, can create matchup problems and further diversify the Giants' offense as they maximize this window of exceptional quarterback play. The Giants could also look for help on the offensive line, or target a linebacker here, but I expect Allen's profile to rise during the workout process, and he should represent a lot of value here."

Mock draft 3.0: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

"If one of the top defensive tackles were available here the Giants might go that route, and I would also not be surprised to see them take a running back like Virginia Tech's David Wilson. However, tight end is a clear need area and Fleener should cement his status as the top player in the class with a good pro day workout on March 22. He gives good effort as a blocker and has the tools to improve in that area, and I think he'll surprise some people with his speed and elevate himself above Clemson's Dwayne Allen and Georgia's Orson Charles."

Mock draft 2.0: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

"Alabama ILB Dont'a Hightower would be a good fit, but also a bit of a reach, and offensive tackle and cornerback are also on the Giants' short list. However, given the players available, a seam-stretching tight end such as Allen would be a good option. He could open up some room for New York's perimeter threats, and he also improved as an in-line blocker in 2011."

OHM'S TAKE: The Giants biggest need entering the draft is at tight end. But my opinion is that the Giants will take the best player available at 32 regardless of position or need. One source said before the Combine that the Giants were not likely to take a tight end in the first round or high in the draft despite losing Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum to torn ACL injuries in the Super Bowl.

Things can always change from then to April's draft but seeing how Eli Manning has been able to develop undrafted free agents like Ballard and Victor Cruz, my guess is the Giants will go best player available. The Giants can use an offensive lineman, defensive back (cornerback and possibly a safety), linebacker, returner, running back (depending on what happens with Brandon Jacobs) and defensive lineman (Rocky Bernard and Jimmy Kennedy are free agents) to go with a tight end.

Tell us who you think the Giants should draft in the first round below.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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