I love the work the folks at DraftTek do heading into the draft each season.
DraftTek uses a computer program that factors in team needs, schemes and existing personnel in formulating a full seven-round mock draft. One of the great things about the mock is it compares the actual selection to a player's projected value, giving you some idea whether the pick is a 'reach' or a 'value' selection.
Here are the players who ended up with the Giants in DraftTek's latest mock, held April 5.
Round 1 -- Kenny Phillips, S, Miami (+0/Value)
Round 2 -- Carl Nicks, OT, Nebraska (-4/Reach)
Round 3 -- Dwight Lowery, CB, San Jose State (-10/Reach)
Round 4 -- Andre Fluellen, DT, Florida State (+4/Value)
Round 5 -- Arman Shields, WR, Richmond (+16/Value)
Round 6 (194) -- Vince Hall, ILB, Virginia Tech (+15/Value)
Round 6 (198) -- Tyson DeVree, TE, Colorado (+4/Value)
Round 6 (199) -- Curtis Johnson, OLB, Clark Atlanta (-2/Reach)
I actually like this mock quite a bit. If the Giants can get Phillips, the best safety in the draft in the opening round, they would have to be thrilled.
The rest of the draft hits all the need areas and the late-round picks seem to provide tremendous value at the end of the draft -- a signature of GM Jerry Reese's draft last year and a key to success.
The real draft is less than three weeks away, and I will continue to look at various mocks and give you as much info as I can on the players available at the position where Big Blue needs help.
What do you guys think of the DraftTek mock?