Coby Fleener of the Stanford Cardinal is tackled by Jamoris Slaughter of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
ESPN draft gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay came out Wednesday with version 3.0 of their 2012 NFL Mock Drafts. Amazingly, the two ESPN analysts agree on the selection for the New York Giants at No. 32 this April. They both have the Giants selecting Stanford tight end Coby Fleener.
To be honest, this is really a hard selection to argue with at this point. Unless the Giants address the situation in free agency, which is a possibility, the injuries to Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum appear to give them a need for two tight ends.
By most accounts, Fleener seems to have established himself as the best player in this year's tight end class, and his draft stock likely puts him as a late-first to early-second round value.
"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."
"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."
Your thoughts, Giants fans?