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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Coby Fleener, Jonathan Martin To New York Giants

The 2012 NFL Mock Draft season is almost over, and the real 2012 NFL Draft is just hours from beginning. Before the real deal begins, the final mock draft projections are flying in. Among those, are the final choices of our experts here at SB Nation.

At Mocking The Draft, lead analyst Dan Kadar has chosen Stanford tight end Coby Fleener for the Giants with the 32nd and final selection of the first round.

Kadar says:

“With a player like Georgia’s Cordy Glenn still out there, this may be a surprise choice. But don’t forget the Giants have two tight ends rehabbing serious injuries. Fleener could be a Pro Bowler early in his career in New York’s offense.”

SBNation.com also opts for a Stanford player, but selects offensive tackle Jonathan Martin for the Giants.

Ryan Van Bibber writes:

“The Giants were fine with some temporary answers on their offensive line last season; that’s why Jerry Reese is picking this spot. Martin fills a big need, and matches well with their draft spot.”

What do you think, Giants fans? Is there a player you really want?


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants: Draft Tek Seven-Round Projection

The 2012 NFL Draft is just a week away at this point. With that in mind, here is a seven-round New York Giants draft projection from DraftTek, which uses a computer simulation to come up with its mock draft.

Round 1 (32nd overall) -- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

Draft Tek says: "The Giants currently have a lot of uncertainty at right tackle. Beatty is more of a natural LT, and Diehl is getting older and best-suited at guard. Sean Locklear was signed to replace Kareem McKenzie, but at 30, he's not the long term solution. Jonathan Martin, the 6'6" 312 pound tackle out of Stanford, is a great athlete with upside. The Giants have the luxury of picking a guy like him and coaching him up for a year or two - and an investment into keeping Eli clean."

Round 2 (63rd overall) -- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

DraftTek calls the notion of finding Fleener still on the board here, "delightfully scary,' and I would agree, This would be fantastic value at this point.

Round 3 (93rd overall) -- Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

Round 4 (127th overall) -- Nigel Bradham, OLB, Florida State

Round 4 (131st overall) -- DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State

Round 5 -- No selection

Round 6 (201st overall) -- Jerry Franklin, MLB, Arkansas

Round 7 (239th overall) -- Jaymes Brooks, OG, Virginia Tech

After the first two picks I particularly like the second-day selection of Boykin [scouting report] and the fourth-round flier on Posey [scouting report]. Thoughts, Giants fans?


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants: SB Nation Selects David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

We are less than two weeks away from the 2012 NFL Draft now. That means it is time to begin taking the myriad of mock drafts available on the Inter-Google seriously. The latest mock draft from SB Nation, released Monday morning, has the Giants selecting Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with the 32nd overall selection in the first round.

SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber says:

For as good as the Giants offense was last season, their running game was a potential liability. Wilson would make for a much more dynamic pairing with Ahmad Bradshaw than Brandon Jacobs did. Bradshaw has health red flags anyway, which makes finding a good running back an important play for the Giants' offseason plans.

David Wilson Prospect Profile | Doug Martin Prospect Profile

Van Bibber is right in one sense that running back is a 'need' position for the Giants. If the draft unfolded this way and the Giants did choose a running back it would be interesting to see if general manager Jerry Reese would choose the electrifying Wilson or the very solid, well-round Doug Martin of Boise State. In the SB Nation mock, Martin is already off the board.

The Giants history, though, is littered with failed attempts to draft running backs in the first round. Ron Dayne, Jarrod Bunch, George Adams, Butch Woolfolk and Tyrone Wheatley come to mind. Rodney Hampton, taken 27th in 1991, is one of the few success stories among first-round running back selections for New York.

Related: Giants Back To Work As OTAs Begin

The Giants have had great success drafting running backs in later rounds. Tiki Barber and Joe Morris were second-round selections, Jacobs a fourth-round pick and Bradshaw a seventh-round selection.

With that in mind, and with the Giants' tendency to draft value over need, the pick could easily go in another direction with running back being addressed later.

In this mock, pass-rushers like Chandler Jones of Syracuse and Nick Perry of USC are still on the board. Alabama middle linebacker Dont'a Hightower is available, as is North Carolina outside linebacker Zach Brown. Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still is also still up for grabs. Wisconsin center Peter Konz is good value at this point in the draft, as well.

The Giants could go in almost any direction with this selection.

-- See dozens of draft profiles at Big Blue View. You can also check out SB Nation's Mocking The Draft for complete draft preview coverage.


2012 NFL Mock Draft: Giants Given OT Bobby Massie In Latest Mock Draft

The New York Giants were given offensive tackle Bobby Massie with the 32nd pick in the latest 2012 SB Nation.com NFL Mock Draft (via SB Nation).

Here's what Ryan Van Bibber had to say about the Giants' selection:

A late entrant to the conversation, Massie is getting plenty of attention as consensus dissolves around Mike Adams and the other tackles in the second-tier of players at the position. Massie has the athletic ability of Adams, without questions about his consistency.

Massie had recently been linked to the Giants by a Sports Illustrated Mock Draft. New York could use another running back but could also go for an offensive line pick at the tail end of the first round if it is the right guy. Massie's ascent up draft boards over the past couple of weeks could have the Giants taking notice.

For more New York Giants coverage, visit our team page or our blog Big Blue View.


Todd McShay Two-Round Mock Draft: New Names For The New York Giants

The 2012 NFL Draft is less than a month away now, so the business of figuring out what players teams will target is now getting serious. ESPN draft expert Todd McShay Wednesday released a two-round mock draft, and in it he choose two players for the New York Giants who had not been connected to the defending Super Bowl champions in previous mock drafts.

In the first round, McShay has the Giants selecting LaVonte David, an outside linebacker from Nebraska. In the second round, McShay gives the Giants Mitchell Schwartz, an offensive tackle from Cal.

Related: Big Blue View 2012 Community Mock Draft

The David selection is an interesting one. Giants general manager Jerry Reese recently raised the possibility of weakside linebacker Michael Boley, who calls the defensive signals for the Giants, moving to the middle in 2012. Jacquian Williams could slide into the weak side, but so could a player like David. Here is what McShay said:

"The Giants might have bigger needs, but David is a great value and a perfect fit. He is one of the best pure football players in the entire draft, someone who could be plugged in on the weak side and allow Michael Boley to move to the middle."

David is a 6-foot-1, 233-pound linebacker ranked as the No. 37 overall prospect by SB Nation's Mocking The Draft.

NFL.com says:

"Has enormous tackle production throughout his two years at Nebraska, posting over 260 tackles in his short time there. Instincts are the key to his game, as he always seems to be in the middle of action whether rushing the passer or covering tight ends. Lavonte will need to stay off blocks at the next level and either gain strength to shed linemen or continue to play instinctually to stay free entirely. His athletic ability allows him to play loose and fly around, and he should go in the late first round to a team who loves undersized, athletic linebackers."

Schwartz is ranked as the 70th overall prospect by the National Football Post. The Giants have told long-time starting right tackle Kareem McKenzie that he won't be re-signed, and could use an infusion of youth in their aging offensive line.

The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Schwartz is a player who has been rising up draft boards, and NFP says "Displays solid athletic ability, but looks better suited to play on the right side in the NFL vs. less speed."


2012 NFL Draft Order: Giants Officially Have 8 Picks In Draft

The 2012 NFL Draft Order was officially released Tuesday, and the New York Giants will have eight picks during the seven-round, 253-selectione event, April 26-28. The Giants, the defending Super Bowl Champions, will pick last in the first two rounds, however, were awarded a compensatory selection in the fourth on Monday.

Below is a complete list of the Giants' 2012 NFL Draft picks, while for New York's mock draft results visit this SB Nation New York StoryStream:

Round 1, Pick 32 (overall 32)
Round 2, Pick 32 (63)
Round 3, Pick 32 (94)
Round 4, Pick 32 (127)
Round 4, Pick 36 (131, compensatory selection)
Round 5, Pick 32 (167)
Round 6, Pick 32 (201)
Round 7, Pick 32 (239)

For more New York Giants news and updates, be sure to check out Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For more NFL draft coverage, make it a point to look at Mocking The Draft as well for excellent coverage.


Giants 2012 Compensatory Draft Picks: New York Awarded Fourth-Round Selection

The New York Giants just learned that they will receive one 2012 NFL Draft compensatory pick in the 4th round of this year's NFL Draft.

The Giants selection will be the 36th selection (131st overall) of the 4th Round in the 2012 Draft.

Related: Complete List Of Compensatory Draft Picks

The exact formula for how compensatory picks is handed out is not public information. What is known is that if a team loses more compensatory free agents than they pickup, that team is eligible to receive compensatory selections.

Here's a little more about how the formula is worked out:

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula. (via NFL.com)

Since last season, the Giants lost Kevin Boss, Barry Cofield, Steve Smith and picked up David Baas and Steve Weatherford.

For more on the Giants and their 2012 NFL Draft choices stay tuned to our StoryStream. For more on the Giants, be sure to check out Big Blue View and SB Nation New York for all your news, notes and updates.


2012 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants And Jonathan Martin Paired

In the latest SB Nation NFL mock draft by Ryan Van Bibber, the New York Giants have been given offensive tackle Jonathan Martin with their first round pick.

This would be amazing value if it were to happen. As Van Bibber correctly points out, Martin didn't have a great pro day at Stanford which may cause him to slide a bit on draft day. However, he's still considered by many the second or third-best tackle behind Matt Kalil and possibly Riley Reiff of Iowa.

The Giants would be able to fill an immediate need with Kareem McKenzie a free agent and not expected to return. Martin could step in right away as the starting right tackle and solidify an offensive line that is in transition.

New York would have to keep its fingers crossed that he slides by the New York Jets, who also have a gaping hole on the right side of their line with Wayne Hunter as the projected starter.

If he gets by Gang Green, the Giants would have legitimate hope of landing Martin with the final pick of the first night.

For more on the Giants, be sure to check out Big Blue View and SB Nation New York for all your news, notes and updates.


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

The New York Giants recent free-agent signing of tight end Martellus Bennett has caused a shift in thinking for those doing NFL mock drafts. Rather than focusing on tight end, it is likely time to look elsewhere for what the Giants might do with the 32nd pick of the first round in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Related: Zach Brown Prospect Profile

That shift in thinking is reflected in the latest NFL Mock Draft from SB Nation, released Monday morning. The popular pick recently has been Stanford tight end Coby Fleener. This time, however, SB Nation selected Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina for the Giants at No. 32.

SB Nation’s Ryan Van Bibber wrote:

“Brown’s draft stock is cooling. He has the athleticism desired in an outside linebacker, but people are starting to question whether or not he can actually make the tackles needed to go with the ability to get to the ball. Really, the Giants could go almost any direction with this pick. Offensive line depth would be helpful. A replacement for Brandon Jacobs is a need as well, but that is one they can fill in later rounds.”

Van Bibber may or may not be right about Brown. Most likely, however, he is correct in asserting that just about anything is on the table for the Giants at this point.


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants: Coby Fleener Remains The Choice

No surprise for the New York Giants in the latest version of the SB Nation 2012 NFL Mock Draft, which was released Monday morning. SB Nation has selected Stanford tight end Coby Fleener for the Giants.

Fleener has been a popular mock draft selection for the Giants, who lost both starter Jake Ballard and reserve Travis Beckum to torn ACLs during the Super Bowl. Both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper of ESPN selected Fleener for the Giants in their most recent mock drafts.

Coby Fleener Prospect Profile

SB Nation writes:

“The only thing the Giants really lack on offense is a tight end capable of doing some damage in the middle of the field. Fleener gives Eli Manning a target on seam routes and someone to create mismatches in the middle of the field.”

The Giants need for a tight end could change once the NFL Free Agency period begins on Tuesday. Right now, however, that is a glaring hole for the defending Super Bowl champions.

— See Big Blue View for more discussion and analysis of the Giants


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants Prospect Profiles: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson

It its latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft, the DraftTek computer simulation has selected Brandon Thompson, a defensive tackle from Clemson, with the 32nd and final selection of the first round.

Draft Tek Giants' analyst Bill Bliss does not seem to be in love with this choice:

"He won't net many sacks, but he's stong as an ox (35 bench reps at Combine) and will attract double teams, freeing up the other linemen to wreak havoc in the backfield. NYG has a solid set of DTs in Canty and Joseph, but behind that we have the untested Marvin Austin and not much else. The downside here is that this pick is admittedly a bit of a reach. Zach Brown, while an athletic freak, would be a backup to Boley, and compete for a spot that Jacquian Williams seems capable of filling. The Giants could address OT, but at No. 32, Bobby Massie is a bit of a reach. I may prefer a RB pick here: David Wilson or Lamar Miller, but with the depth at RB in this class, Thompson may be the best option."

Related: Complete Brandon Thompson Prospect Profile

To be honest, I am not in love with it, either. This pick feels a little bit like a "settle" for the Giants -- and you hate to settle with your first-round pick.

In this simulation, Zach Brown (OLB, North Carolina), Massie, wide receiver Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech) and running backs Lamar Miller (Miami) and David Wilson (Virginia Tech) and tight end Coby Fleener (Stanford) are all still on the board. Each of them seems to either fill more of a need for the Giants than Thompson, or be a higher-upside player you might be more willing to invest a first-round choice in.


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants Prospect Profiles: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

In recent years, Scott Wright of Draft Countdown has been one of the most accurate of the plethora of draft analsysts on the Internet. Wright is out with his latest mock draft today, and he has the New York Giants selecting Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams with the 32nd pick of the first round in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Adams is one of the top tackle prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft class. Wright says:

“Few organizations do a better job of building in the trenches than the Giants, but it may be time for an infusion of youth along the offensive line. Despite investing second and fourth round picks on Will Beatty and James Brewer in recent years neither has proven themselves to be a long-term solution at tackle, at least not yet. With that being the case it may be difficult to pass on Ohio St. OT Mike Adams, who could play either the left or right side, if he is still on the board. Adams clearly has all of the physical tools that you look for but doesn’t always play up to his immense talent level and has been plagued by bouts of inconsistency despite considerable experience against top competition. However, just like Nate Solder a year ago Adams is simply too talented to last very long on Draft Day and could come off the board much earlier than this.”

Related: Mike Adams Prospect Profile

Adams’ draft stock has resembled the up-and-down stock market the past few months, and SB Nation’s Mocking The Draft examined his status. In a full scouting report, MTD had this to say about Adams:

"Mike Adams looks the part of a franchise left tackle. He has outstanding size, decent arm length and moves very well. It’s tough to grade Adams because he is wildly inconsistent and looks lost on the field at times. He also never really displayed a mean streak during the games I watched.

I think Adams could be coached up to be a pretty solid left tackle in the NFL. He had to play his senior year blocking for the erratic Braxton Miller, so some of the inconsistency and perceived confusion is excusable. Still, I would like to see him put together a full game and become more of a nasty blocker. Adams is worth a shot in the mid to late first round."

Latest SB Nation Mock Draft

Does Adams Fit With The Giants?

There is no doubt that the Giants could use help on the offensive line, and taking an offensive lineman here is a definite possibility. Adams appears to have the talent, but he also appears to be a bit of a gamble because of his past inconsistency. If the Giants believe they can harness it, and that whatever issues he has had are simply a product of his youth, he might be a fit here.

-- See all of Big Blue View's prospect profiles


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants Prospect Profiles: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine is history, and mock drafts and big boards everywhere are being shuffled as a result. In the latest seven-round 2012 NFL Mock Draft from Draft Tek, released Wednesday, the results of that shuffling can be seen in the selections Draft Tek’s simulation assigned to the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

With the 32nd and final pick of the first round, Draft Tek assigned Whitney Mercilus, defensive end, Illinois to the Giants. Draft Tek analyst Bill Bliss says:

"In most mocks, Mercilus has been going in the mid first, and he’s ranked #14 overall on Drafttek’s Big Board. Getting him at #32 would be an absolute steal. In 2012, Mercilus led nation with 16 sacks and 9 forced fumbles, earning the Ted Hendricks Award for best DE. That Sack:FF ratio reminds me a lot of our own Osi Umenyiora. While DE is not a glaring need for the Giants, having 3 Pro-Bowl caliber DEs on the field has helped to win 2 Super Bowls in 4 years. If Osi leaves, Mercilus could be his replacement and keep the Giants’ elite defensive line strong. "

Here are the rest of Draft Tek’s selections for the Giants:

Round 2 (64th overall) — Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Round 3 (95th overall) — Brian Linthicum, TE, Michigan State
Round 4 (127th overall) — Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
Round 5 (159th overall) — Tank Carder, OLB, TCU
Round 6 (190th overall) — Lance Lewis, WR, East Carolina
Round 7 (22nd overall) — Jerry Franklin, MLB, Arkansas

The most astounding thing about this draft to me, were it to play out this way? There is not a single offensive lineman selected in this draft class, and along with tight end those would appear to be the two areas the Giants most need to address this offseason.

— See Mocking The Draft for complete draft coverage. Prospect profiles can also be found at the National Football Post, an SB Nation partner.


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants Prospect Profiles: Back To Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

After going a different direction the past few weeks in making a selection for the New York Giants, SB Nation has circled back to Stanford tight end Coby Fleener in its most recent 2012 NFL Mock Draft, released Monday.

Related: Coby Fleener Prospect Profile

SB Nation says of the Fleener selection with the 32nd and final pick of the first round:

“The Giants got a very solid season out of Jake Ballard before he tore his ACL in the Super Bowl. With all that in mind, it makes sense for the Giants to add a more athletic tight end to go alongside Ballard.”

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is not certain that Fleener, or any other tight end in the 2012 draft class, is worthy of a first-round selection.

"I think the tight end class is a bad class. And that’s not good, given (Rob) Gronkowski and (Aaron) Hernandez and what we’ve seen in the NFL. Everybody’s looking for that next guy. I don’t have a first-round grade in the tight end class. I’ve got three second-round grades and then I’ve got kind of an abyss," Mayock said.


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants Prospect Profiles: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

In the latest SB Nation 2012 NFL mock draft, SB Nation selected Dwayne Allen, tight end, Clemson, for the New York Giants with the 32nd and final pick of the first round.

Allen is a beast at 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds. The Giants have a need at tight end as both starter Jake Ballard and H Back Travis Beckum suffered torn ACLs in the Super Bowl victory over New England. Neither is expected to be available for the beginning of the 2012 season, leaving the Giants with only Bear Pascoe at tight end.

While the Giants would love to fill holes on the defensive side of the ball, Allen might be too much value to pass up at the end of the first round. Last year, Allen caught 50 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns for Clemson on the way to its Orange Bowl bid.

If Mario Manningham leaves in free agency, this pick would make even more sense with the passing game being so important to Big Blue. If Allen is available when New York is on the clock, he could very well be headed to the city that never sleeps.

-- For more New York Giants news and updates, be sure to check out Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For more NFL draft coverage, make it a point to look at Mocking The Draft as well for excellent coverage.


2012 NFL Mock Draft [Update]: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford To New York Giants

In its most recent 2012 NFL Mock Draft, released Monday, SB Nation selected Stanford tight end Coby Fleener for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The Giants, of course, have the 32nd and final pick of the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The selection of Fleener (profiled here) is actually a prescient one.

The Giants lost starting tight end Jake Ballard and reserve tight end Travis Beckum to torn ACLs in their Super Bowl 2012 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday. The long-term, uncertain recovery process for both players makes tight end a position the Giants must address this offseason via either the draft or free agency.

Here is what SB Nation said about the selection of Fleener for the Giants:

“It’s hard to imagine the Giants offense getting another weapon in the passing game, but adding a sure-handed tight end would add another dimension to their offense.”

It may also be a situation where, if Fleener or another quality tight end is available, the Giants have little choice.


Todd McShay 2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson, To New York Giants

ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay released version 2.0 of his 2012 NFL Mock Draft on Friday. McShay has the New York Giants selecting Dwyane Allen, a tight end from Clemson, with the 31st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Giants, of course, would prefer to have the 32nd pick as that would mean they were victorious in the 2012 Super Bowl. For now, though, they sit at No. 31 in the NFL Draft Order.

Of Allen, McShay says “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.”

The National Football Post lists Allen 42nd on its Big Board. In his scouting report, NFP’s Wes Bunting says Allen is “an NFL talent who can be used in a number of ways on an NFL offense.”

The Giants got a good season from tight end Jake Ballard in 2011, but have been disappointed by Travis Beckum. Upgrading at tight end is undoubtedly one of many ways the Giants could go on draft day.


2012 NFL Draft, New York Giants: Projected Pick, Zebrie Sanders, Stock Drops After Senior Bowl

On Saturday, SI.com's Inside The NFL columnist Don Banks projected that the New York Giants would select Florida State offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders with the No. 31-overall pick in his latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft. On Sunday, SI.com's Tony Pauline, also a Inside the NFL columnist, posted his risers and sliders from the 2012 Senior Bowl, and, unfortunately, Sanders was on the list of those players sliding.

"Sanders' tough week of practice continued through the game," said Pauline of Sanders, who's South team lost 23-13 in the All-Star exhibition game. "He was constantly off balance, rarely moved opponents off the ball run blocking and was pushed back into the pocket on several occasions. Sanders also displayed poor footwork in pass protection and little ability to slide out and protect the edge"

The Florida St. Seminole athletic website has Sanders listed at 6-foot-6 and 306-pounds.

For more updates on the New York Giants, check out Big Blue View.


2012 Senior Bowl: North Wins, 23-13

The 2012 Senior Bowl has concluded with the North All Stars defeating the South All Stars by a final score of 23-13. The game was placed in the same place it's been played at for 62 consecutive seasons – Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, and broadcast on NFL Network.

The the performers in the game were: Nick Foles of Arizona, who threw for 137 yards and a touchdown, completing 11 of his 15 passes and Joe Adams, the receiver from Arkansas, who caught eight balls for 133 yards, including a long of 36. Both play for the South.

The South All Stars were mired with turnovers and penalties, committing four and seven respectively. They were also limited to field goals, scoring only one touchdown in the game.

For more New York Giants coverage, visit our team page or our blog Big Blue View. See SB Nation's Mocking The Draft for all your 2012 NFL Draft profiles and information.


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants: Six-Round Mock Begins With Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

I am not a fan of multiple-round mock drafts, especially those that try to project what might happen into the later rounds. Especially with three months to go before the 2012 NFL Draft there are a great many variables that can make these inaccurate.

Still, they can be instructive in terms of what draft analysts see as a team’s needs. Draft Tek, which uses a computer simulation and its own Big Board of draft prospects to map out a potential draft, has released its latest six-round simulation.

Related: SI.com's Don Banks First Mock -- Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State

Here are Draft Tek’s picks for the Super Bowl-bound New York Giants, who currently have the 31st pick.

Round 1 (31st overall) — Dont’a Hightower (MLB, Alabama)

Draft Tek says “It’s no secret, the Giants desperately need a long term MLB.” and Hightower is “needed in New York and quite frankly, would be a steal at pick 31.”

Round 2 (63rd) – Lamar Miller (RB, Miami)
Round 3 (94th) — Marcus Forston (DT, Miami)
Round 4 (126th) – Philip Blake (C, Baylor)
Round 5 (158th) - David Paulson (TE, Oregon)
Round 6 (190th) – Derek Dennis (G, Temple)

Your thoughts, Giants fans? I like using the middle rounds to add some offensive line depth, to be honest.

— See SB Nation’s Mocking The Draft for all your 2012 NFL Draft profiles and information.


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants Prospect Profiles: Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia

The New York Giants and their fans are not thinking about the 2012 NFL Draft yet. The Giants still have bigger fish to fry, like tacking the AFC champion New England Patriots in the 2012 Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.

That said, the April 2012 NFL Draft is coming, and mock draft season is in full swing with 30 teams having nothing to do but look toward next season. In its latest mock draft, SB Nation has selected Georgia offensive guard Cordy Glenn for the Giants with the 31st pick.

Giants fans would rather have the 32nd pick, to be honest, since that would mean a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots. Getting Glenn, or a guy like him, is not a bad idea, though.

The Giants offensive line is aging and Eli Manning was sacked six times and hit nearly 20 other times Sunday against San Francisco. The line needs replenishing.

Glenn is a 6-foot-5, 320-pounder who can play tackle or guard. Mocking The Draft calls him “one of those rare prospects that possesses both the size and athletic skills to make an impact in the NFL.”


Mel Kiper 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State To New York Giants

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has set the Inter-Google aflame today, and mock draft enthusiasts everwhere into a tizzy, releasing his first 2012 NFL Mock Draft [Insider Only].

When it comes to the New York Giants Kiper has identified the same offensive weakness that most other observers see — the offensive line. To rectify it, Kiper has the Giants selecting Florida State offensive tackle Zebrie Zanders with the 29th pick of the first round in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Kiper: Mohamed Sanu Of Rutgers To Houston Texans With 26th Pick

Kiper says:

The Giants have done a fantastic job of coaching up this offensive line after some big changes heading into the season, but they could get younger and add some talent, and Sanders would be a solid fit. This offense is going to be dynamic if it can open holes for the run game and provide time for Eli Manning, so an investment in the offensive line is never a bad idea.

The National Football Post has the 6-foot-6, 307-pound Sanders rated 69th on its current Big Board. NFP’s Wes Bunting says Sanders “Possesses a good amount of upside as well and looks like a starter on either side of the O-line.”


2012 NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants Prospect Profiles: Coby Fleener, Tight End, Stanford

In his just-released 2012 NFL Mock Draft CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang has the New York Giants opting for Stanford tight end Coby Fleener, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound pass catcher. SB Nation's Mocking the Draft has Fleener listed as the 57th best draft prospect in rankings last updated December 1.

Rang says:

The Giants are among the more talented teams in the league but their maddening inconsistency is sure to result in changes in the offseason. One obvious area in which the team could improve would be to add a tight end capable of making big plays down the middle. The 6-6, 250-pound Fleener averaged 20.2 yards per reception for Stanford in 2011, leading the team with 10 touchdowns. Considering the other weapons on this offense, Fleener could make an immediate impact in a similar role as what that the Patriots and Saints run with Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham.

Fleener caught 34 passes for Stanford, actually averaging 19.6 yards per catch to go along with the 10 TDs. Mocking the Draft calls Fleener "the latest in the growing number of big, lanky receiving tight ends. He's an extremely proficient vertical passing threat."

Related: Latest SB Nation Mock Draft

Does Fleener Fit With The Giants?

New York has waited three seasons for tight end/H-Back Travis Beckum to become a big-time weapon in its passing game. Beckum has a disappointing total of 26 regular-season catches in those three seasons, so that does not look like it will happen. Jake Ballard surprised this season with 38 catches in 14 games, and as solid as he was he is nowhere near being one of the league's more athletic, elite tight ends.

The Giants have other areas that need more immediate attention, such as the offensive line. GM Jerry Reese, however, nearly always chooses value over need. A tight end like Fleener could find a place with the Giants, so this is a possibility.

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