For the past few weeks, I've been tracking the same mock drafts and giving you guys the updates in those mocks. Due to the fact that the mocks are starting to stagnate and because I'm traveling for work this week and had to write this post a few days ago, I decided to look at an entirely new slate of mock drafts. It's mostly the same names (McClain, Price, Weatherspoon), but there's a few new ones in there, and you'll get some new reasoning behind some of the picks. The rundown after the jump:
- The Football Expert: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech - I think we've pretty thoroughly covered Morgan here, but click the link to read The Football Expert's reasoning
- The Shutdown Corner: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas - I'm not a huge fan of Kindle, and I'd be surprised if the Giants went his way on draft day.
- Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida - this one's about a month old, and it shows. No way Spikes goes in the first round after his poor performance at Florida's pro day. I'm linking to it to show you how silly it is to run mock drafts so early in the process.
- Pat Kirwan, NFL.com: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri - I've said in the past that I'm not a fan of taking Weatherspoon this high, and I stand by that. If he's the best player left at 15, I'd hope the Giants would look to trade back.
- Evan Silva, NBCSports.com: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers - I really don't like this pick. Other than the "local college" angle, I just don't see anything about Davis that makes him a worthwhile pick for the Giants at #15.
- Peter Schrager, FoxSports.com: Taylor Mays, S, USC. No. No, no, no, no, no. I cannot say no enough times to Roy Williams 2.0. If Mays is there in the second round, I could see taking a chance that the former consensus top 10 talent still has it, but right now Mays looks like nothing more than a workout warrior.
- KFFL: Brian Price, DT, UCLA: I still have a nagging feeling that Price is gonna end up being the guy. It's not that I don't like Price, I just find myself having a hard time getting excited about drafting the 3rd best defensive tackle in the draft this high up. The No. 15 slot is tough -- right in the middle of the first round, so as a fan you can get excited and hope the really good prospects fall a few slots, but if they don't there's a whole level of guys who are good but not great, and it's tough to differentiate between them. I prefer when the Giants are picking 32nd.
- DraftInsiders: Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa - like the draft insiders, I really don't have a comment on Bulaga.
- DraftCountdown: CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson - I saved the best for last. In reality, there are a few guys in this draft I'd rather the Giants end up with than Spiller (Suh, Berry, McCoy, McClain, Thomas, Morgan), some of whom even have a chance to drop. But, in my mind, Spiller's a top 10 talent, something that Price and Weatherspoon, and lots of other guys aren't. I understand that the Giants defense was awful last year, but the running game wasn't great either and showed signs that it could be even worse next year. I think the addition of Perry Fewell, by itself, will improve the Giants defense, not to mention Antrel Rolle. I'm not saying defense shouldn't be a priority this year, but if the Giants focus on it at the expense of the running game, then I guarantee everyone who shouted for a WR last year and is shouting for D this year will be shouting for a RB next year. If the best RB in the draft falls to us, why not plug next years hole now? If all of the defensive players I named above are off the board at 15, and Spiller is sitting there, I hope Reese shows the foresight to take him.
Alright, have at it in the comments, and just remember that we're all Giants fans here. We may disagree on the best way to improve the team, but save the venom for the people who really deserve it -- Cowboys fans (I'm joking ... unless they really deserve it).