Another day, another 2014 NFL Mock Draft. This time, ESPN gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have combined for an alternate selection three-round mock draft, with Kiper taking the 'even' numbered selections and McShay the 'odd' numbered selections.
The haul for the New York Giants? Round 1 (12th, Kiper) -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt; Round 2 (43rd, McShay) -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington; Round 3 (74th, Kiper) -- Gabe Jackon, OG, Mississippi State.
Here is Kiper's explanation for the Donald pick at 12:
Getting a disruptive force on the D-line here is important, given the state of the depth chart up front. I considered Eric Ebron here, but I can't pass on Donald.
Valentine's View: I'm not buying this pick. I understand all of the love for Donald, the idea that he could be a fit for the Giants and the idea that the inside pass rush would really help the Giants' defense. With Ebron and especially Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin still on the board I don't see it.
Giants' GM Jerry Reese didn't reveal much during Thursday's pre-draft press conference. He did, however, say "we have work to do still on the offensive line." My translation? If Martin or Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is available at No. 12, he will be the pick. Considering how much of a stated priority fixing the line has been if any of the top four offensive linemen are available I would, quite honestly, be flabbergasted to see the Giants pass on them at No. 12.
Here is McShay on the Seferian-Jenkins selection at 43:
Tight end is a top need for the Giants, and Kiper went defense for them at No. 12 overall with Aaron Donald. Seferian-Jenkins is my second-ranked TE prospect in this draft, and he has good size and the ability to stretch the seam.
Kiper took Jackson at 74, and here is why:
Justin Pugh's successful rookie season means the big offensive line need is now at guard, and the Giants already have a potential star at DT in Donald and a threat in the passing game at tight end with Seferian-Jenkins. Jackson could be a dependable player early on.
Your thoughts, Giants' fans?