The 2014 NFL Draft is creeping closer, with less than two weeks to go until the May 8-10 extravaganza. With that in mind let's once again take a look around the Inter-Google at a variety of recent mock drafts.
We will begin with the latest mock draft from SB Nation's Mocking The Draft. Here, MTD's Dan Kadar has selected Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan for the Giants with the 12th overall selection. Kadar writes:
Lewan was one of many prospects the Giants recently brought in for a visit. Will Beatty is no sure thing on the line, and if New York waits, a good replacement may not be there in the second.
Now, let's look at some of the other recent mock drafts.
"Donald is the best inside pass rusher in the draft and he has a chance to be a double-digit sack guy early in his career. He runs like a linebacker and can play end as well as tackle."
CBS Sports (Brinson) -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
"Watch his film and you're blown away by his first step. He can help improve the pass rush from the middle of the defensive line and won't be required to become a big-body anchor for the Giants."
National Football Post (Gabriel) -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
"The Giants could go for a number of players in this slot. They have needs on the D-Line, wide receiver, linebacker, and tight end. Donald lacks ideal size, but he has a non-stop motor and gives the G-Men an inside pass rusher they don't currently have."
CNNSI (Banks) -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
"The Giants require help at left offensive tackle and Michigan's rough and ready Taylor Lewan is still on the board. But so is Donald, the draft's most disruptive and instinctive defensive tackle, and he's known for living in an opponent's backfield. New York's biggest loss this offseason was seeing a young and productive defensive tackle like Linval Joseph sign with Minnesota, but Donald's arrival would ease the pain of that free-agent departure."
"The moves teams make in free agency usually help to identify their plans for Draft Day but sometimes the moves they don't make can be just as telling. The Giants are a perfect example of that phenomenon and the fact that they still don't have a starting-caliber tight end on the roster points to the G-Men addressing that glaring need early on. Eric Ebron of North Carolina is clearly the top tight end prospect in this class and may not even last this long but if available he would be just what the doctor ordered for the Giants ailing offense. An outstanding athlete with excellent speed who can stretch the field vertically, Ebron is an extremely difficult matchup for opposing defenses and exactly the type of dynamic pass catching threat that teams are looking for at the position these days. As an organization New York seems reluctant to make a significant investment to solve their long-standing issues at linebacker but keep an eye on Anthony Barr of UCLA and C.J. Mosley of Alabama anyway. It might be wise to consider Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Alabama too since Antrel Rolle is on the downside of his career and Will Hill probably can't be counted on due to a litany off-the-field issues. There are some question marks on the interior of the defensive line as well and Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald would provide a disruptive presence they are currently lacking. Even though they already brought in some reinforcements along the offensive line this offseason don't completely dismiss blockers like Michigan OT Taylor Lewan or Notre Dame OT/OG Zack Martin either."
East Coast Sports (Fronczak) -- Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
"The Giants need to keep Eli Manning healthy and improving their offensive line is a priority going into the draft...Martin is versatile enough to play all five positions on the Giants line."
Ourlads -- Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame