Realistically there are a couple options the Giants can go for their first pick if they don't trade down. OL, LB, RB and CB. However the only way they should go LB, RB or CB at 19 is if Ingram, Ayers or Harris falls to them. But for the OL there are a couple ways to go with that first pick. Frankly I don't know in depth about each one to evaluate who the Giants should pick. But I do think it has to be one of these four.
1. Derek Sherrod 6'6'' 300 LBs
Sherrod is one of the more experienced tackles in the SEC, if not in the entire nation. He played in 10 games as a freshman in 2007, started 10 games as a sophomore, and started 12 game as a junior. He paved the way for a Mississippi State rushing attack that averaged 227.58 yards per game in 2009, ninth best in the nation. For his efforts, Sherrod was named to the All-SEC Second Team by the conference's coaches. More of the same has continued this season; through nine games, the Bulldogs are second behind Auburn in the SEC at 219.2 yards per contest on the ground.
Sherrod stands at 6'5'' and 305 pounds. He has a great agility for a man of his size and has been clocked as fast as 5.08 in the 40-yard dash. Sherrod has been a staple at left tackle for Mississippi State and he may be asked to protect his quarterbacks' blind side for years to come in the NFL. Anything lower than a second-round selection in the 2011 draft would be a major surprise. If Sherrod keeps up his current pace, a first-round selection is likely
He is regarded as the best OL prospect by some in a rather thin year for good lineman.
As I quote from Mocking the Draft...
Pass blocking: Is exceptionally light on his feet with great quickness and agility. Has a very good first move to beat speed rushers to the outside. Against power rushers, Sherrod gets good knee bend to absorb and redirect. Has to get better using his hands to work inside. Struggles when stronger defenders get inside his pads and drive him back. Doesn't always finish off blocks.
Quickness: Sherrod has elite foot quickness, which is what makes him such a good pass blocker. Really fires off the snap. Doesn't get beat to the first move by defensive linemen.
Run blocking: Is solid as a run blocker. Does well holding up defensive linemen, but doesn't always overpower defenders. Properly works defenders to the inside allowing rushers to work outside. Uses his quickness to seal the outside to allow inside rushing lanes. However, Sherrod doesn't have the leg strength to power defenders backward. Could be nastier as a blocker.
Strength: Possesses only average strength. Will need to get stronger to handle power rushers in the NFL. Has an athletic frame, so you wonder how much bulk he'll be able to add. Needs to especially get stronger in his lower body.
Technique: Maintains good balance, even against powerful defenders. That's thanks to getting good knee bend. Hand usage needs refinement. Gets his arms too wide instead of keeping them in the defender's chest. Will struggle at times to pick up stunts.
Final word: Sherrod has started since his freshman season at Mississippi State. He played his first year at right tackle before moving to the left side. He's made his name as an athletic left tackle who can handle speed rushers.
Where he needs to get better is in the power aspects of the game. He doesn't drive block especially well and can be moved around by power rushers. It would also be nice to see Sherrod play with more of a mean streak and finish off more blocks.
2. Gabe Carimi 6'7'' 315 lbs
Carimi is flying up draft boards as the class of offensive tackles has lacked a clear No. 1 prospect, but his talents may not live up to the hype he may receive during this 2010 season. For a program known for churning out quality offensive linemen, Carimi is next on Wisconsin's long list of prospects.
The knock on Carimi is that he may not be a true NFL left tackle. In Wisconsin's run-heavy offense, he has been very good. But on an NFL team, most of which are balanced, his skill set is best suited for right tackle. Left tackles need good footwork and lateral agility, two attributes Carimi is lacking in.
Given his run-blocking prowess, size and strength, using him at right tackle makes sense. With these things in mind, most every offensive tackle prospect taken early in the draft projects as a left tackle as they are more valuable to a team. Right tackles tend to slip further in the draft. Since he is so acclimated to run-blocking, he does have clean technique when he's not engaged with a defender. He leans forward too often, allowing defenders to push him to the ground.
Carimi was the only unanimous All-American at offensive tackle this season and also won the 2010 Outland Trophy, given to the season's best offensive or defensive lineman.
Carimi projects as a second round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
And Mocking the Draft...
He's the current OL favorite to be the Giants number one pick from mock drafts everywhere due to him being basically NFL ready. Though ultimately if Ayers, Ingram or Harris aren't there and Carimi is the guy they want a trade down could be nice. If he's a potential second rounder trading our 19th pick for more picks will help.
3. Anthony Castonzo- 6'7'' 308 Lbs
As per NFLDraftGab.com
Position Ranking: #2
Strengths: Castonzo is a high effort player who consistently shows good overall technique. Has sound fundamentals, well coached, and uses technique to gain leverage on opponents in the run game. Works to get inside hand placement and plays with consistent knee bend, playing balanced and disciplined. Ideal height and arm length for the position. He will extend arms at the snap and jolt opponent with heavy hands. Puts himself in proper position to handle outside speed rush; good initial kick out in release to get depth in his pass protection. Shows enough quickness to consistently get to the second level and neutralize linebackers and safeties. Can pull and trap effectively to open running lanes inside with above-adequate quickness. Has enough foot quickness to re-direct on double moves in pass protection. Tough. Plays to the whistle. Good lateral quickness to angle block. Consistently plays over his pads.
Needs Improvement: Athleticism is only above-adequate. Won’t be able to drive opponents off the line of scrimmage with the same consistency unless size and strength improve. Not extremely quick off the snap, can be buckled back against athletic opponents with a good combination of quickness and strength; may always have trouble with elite edge rushers. Shows some trouble handling a quick initial inside move which may lead to holding calls and a loss of leverage. Will have trouble adjusting quickly in space against some NFL linebackers. Size and bulk must improve to be elite.
Bottom Line: A four year starter at Boston College, Anthony Castonzo is a coach’s dream and won’t make many bad decisions along the offensive line. He’s smart and is quick to recognize what an opponent hopes to do against him; very aware of stunts and loops. Castonzo’s effort will never be questioned as he’s a high character player in this regard, but isn’t extremely physical, nor does he play with a mean streak. Overall strength and athleticism won’t allow him to be the dominant player he was at times during his career at Boston College, and must improve to become an elite tackle in the NFL. Foot quickness isn’t impressive, but neither a detriment to his overall game. I feel Casoanzo’s commitment to sound technique, along with his football intelligence will allow him to grow into a quality starting left tackle in the NFL, but he may need to begin his career at right tackle. Anthony Castonzo is the most technique savvy tackle in this draft class and won’t be available long once the selections start.
Draft Projection: Mid 1st to early 2nd round.
4. Nate Solder 6'9'' 315 Lbs
Nate Solder spent a couple years as a tight end at Colorado, first as a redshirt in 2006 and then as a freshman in 2007. He played in all 13 games in 2007 (mostly on special teams, and in special situations as a blocking tight end). While he certainly spent most of his time blocking, he did catch three passes for 50 yards on the season. For his sophomore campaign Solder added 30 pounds and was moved to the tackle position. Despite the adding of the weight, Solder remained surprisingly quick and has been timed running a 4.8 40-yard dash.
Solder immediately stepped into the starting role at left tackle and did not miss a snap the entire 2008 season. While there was some time needed to adjust to the position, it was a pretty smooth transition since he spent most of his time blocking as a tight end anyway. The 2009 season continued to cement Solder's status as a superb offensive tackle. For his efforts, Solder was the only offensive lineman who was not a senior to make the All-Big 12 First-Team. That led to many preseason accolades heading into the 2010 season and Solder has been a rock in the offensive line and continues to get bigger and stronger.
Solder has everything one could want from an offensive lineman. He is strong and quick and has gone up against some of the nation's best defensive ends in the Big 12. A talent like his will not fall past the first two rounds of the draft.
So who should they get if they want an OL in the first round?