Happy Saturday New York Giants Fans! Time for your weekly Big Blue View Power Mock.
After their nightmare game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the GIants dropped in the power rankings, and made corresponding rise in our Power Mock order. Honestly, I thought they'd be picking higher this week.
As per usual, the rankings came from Real Clear Sports. Also, this week I did all the picks all mine..
Continue on to see who each of the 32 teams drafted and how the rankings have changed.
1) Jacksonville Jaguars - (2, Brandon Scherff)
Cedric Ogbuehi (OT, TAMU) - Blake Bortles could be a legit NFL starting QB, but in addition to the general lack of talent on that offense, he has been one of the most sacked QB's in the league. Ogbuehi is the exact type of left tackle teams draft highly. 6-5, a lean 300 pounds, and long arms, and from an OL factory in TAMU. He gets to play with former teammate Luke Joeckel.
2) Oakland Raiders - (1, Randy Gregory)
Leonard Williams (DE/DT, USC) - The Raiders have their starting, and possible franchise, QB in Derek Carr. They need to continue to add talent to their offense, but their defense could use some more teeth as well. Williams is a freak athlete that could fit in any defensive front their future DC would prefer.
3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - (6, Marcus Mariota)
Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) - Right now the Buccs need an offensive lineman -- likely a left tackle -- and a QB. And as a general rule, if you need a QB, and there is a good one available, you take the quarterback.
4) Washington Redskins - (5, Leonard Williams)
Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford) - Washington has several needs, but the only one that makes sense picking in the top-5 of this draft is offensive tackle. Peat is a big, athletic, technically sound, and comes from a pro-style offense. He can step in and immediately provide a massive boost to that offensive line.
5) New York Jets - (4, Andrus Peat)
Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama) - Will Rex be there next year? No clue, but it seems likely that Geno Smith will be, and the Jets need to continue adding talent to that offense. Decker and Amaro are nice complimentary weapons, but they really really need a No. 1 receiver. Cooper is one, with great route running ability, quickness, enough speed, and good hands. **See Note Below
6) St. Louis Rams - (7, Landon Collins)
Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia) - The Rams need a QB, or at least a QB that can stay healthy, but I'm not overly convinced there is one here that merits the pick. Jeff Fisher wants to run the ball, and "positional value" be damned, Gurley is the kind of RB that doesn't come around all that often. He can excel in every aspect of what a modern RB has to do, and make life easier for every other member of that offense.
7) Tennessee Titans - (3, Amari Cooper)
Randy Gregory (DE/OLB, Nebraska) - Gregory very well could be a top-5 pick. He certainly has that kind of talent. Gregory could provide the kind of pass rush the Titans are currently lacking. He can play either on the line or as a standing rusher depending on the personnel package.
8) Minnesota Vikings - (8, Todd Gurley)
Devin Funchess (TE/WR, Michigan) - This pick is all about giving Teddy Bridgewater weapons. I'm really not sure how to feel about Funchess. He has to improve in a lot of areas of the game, but his catch radius and ability to get vertical out of a variety positions would open the field up for the rest of Minnesota's offense.
9) Atlanta Falcons - (9, Shawn Oakman)
Dante Fowler Jr. (DE/OLB, Florida) - Pass rusher, pass rusher, pass rusher. Fowler Jr is almost a physical clone of former Falcons sack artist John Abraham, and has a similar ability to penetrate the line of scrimmage and be disruptive. He should be able to do it standing up in a 3-man front or with his hand in the dirt in a 4-man front.
10) Miami Dolphins - (11, Trae Waynes)
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB, Oregon) - The Dolphins definitely need help in their defensive secondary. Ifo was one of my favorite CB's last year, and that -- thus far -- holds true for this year. He's a bit short, but he's pretty stoutly built and is an excellent cover corner, and not afraid to mix it up in run support.
11) Pittsburgh Steelers - (15, Cody Prewitt)
Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.) - It's not often you can say this, but the Steelers need help on defense. They don't have much in the secondary, and Waynes is just the type of guy to fit in that aggressive, blue collar scheme.
12) Buffalo Bills - (15, Connor Cook)
Landon Collins (S, Alabama) - The Bills still need a replacement for Jairus Byrd, and a good safety is hard to find. Personally, I prefer Cody Prewitt to Collins, but 'Bama players always seem to go higher than I think they should.
13) Houston Texans - (14, Shane Carden)
Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa) - Does anyone really trust the Texans' quarterbacks? I really don't, but I'm also not sure about the value presented by the QB's here. Scherff is a great tackle prospect who can play on either side, and make life much easier whoever is under center in Houston.
14) New Orleans Saints - (13, Vic Beasley)
Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson) - This was the pick last week, and I don't see any reason to change it. The Saints need a pass rusher and Beasley might be the best speed rusher in the draft. He should be a great fit in a defense that blitzes and runs multiple fronts.
15) New York Giants - (19, Bernardrick McKinney)
Shawn Oakman (DE, Baylor) - I'll admit, I was seriously torn between Oakman and Prewitt. But, this is the exact same position where the Giants drafted JPP in 2010. And Oakman is basically the LDE version of JPP. Almost unreal size, fantastic athleticism and power... But terribly raw, and just like JPP, he has been able to athletically dominate his opponents without much knowledge of the finer points of the game. With the other pass rushers at the top of this draft, that causes him to drop out of the top 10.
16) Chicago Bears - (12, Dante Fowler Jr)
Cody Prewitt (S, Ole Miss) - Remember what I said about a good safety being hard to find? Well Prewitt is a good one, and he falls right into the defensively limited Bears' laps. Life is about to get a bit more difficult for Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford, and Teddy Bridgewater.
17) Kansas City Chiefs - (17, La'el Collins)
La'el Collins (OT, LSU) - No change from last week. The Chiefs are still picking 17th overa, still need an offensive lineman, and Collins still presents strong value here.
18) Cleveland Browns - (10, Cedric Ogbuehi) -
Kevin White (WR, West Virginia) - The Browns just can't rely on Josh Gordon going forward, so a true no. 1 wide receiver makes a ton of sense. White is quickly rising up draft boards and even has some wondering if he could be the top receiver in this class. If Gordon can get his act together, this is a potentially dominant receiver tandem.
19) Carolina Panthers - (18, Jaelen Strong)
Marcus Peters (CB, Washington) - The Panthers' defense just isn't what it was last year now that they don't have Greg Hardy to help cover up their weak secondary. Peters could wind up being the top rated CB this year, and the need is definitely there.
20) Detroit Lions - (20, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu)
Danny Shelton (DT, Washington) - When was the last time Washington Huskies were drafted back to back in the 1st round? My guess is "Never". But, if Suh does leave, he'll leave the Lions with a distinct void in the middle of their defense. Shelton is a massive tackle (340 pounds), but he is still top-5 in the country for both tackles for a loss and sacks.
21) Baltimore Ravens - (22, Ty Montgomery)
Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin) - Joe Flacco may have had an All World start against the Buccaneers, but the week before they only scored 13 against a mediocre Colts defense. The Ravens offense misses Ray Rice, and Melvin Gordon fills that void... And more. Gordon is a Jamaal Charles level talent, and Flacco will love having him in the running and passing game.
22) New England Patriots - (21, Sammy Coates)
Ty Montgomery (WR, Stanford) - Given that our Power Mocks are a way of looking at NFL team's needs through the draft, I am sorely tempted to give the Patriots Mike Davis (RB, South Carolina), due to Steven Ridley's injury. However, Tom Brady needs a weapons to throw to. Ty Montgomery is the "X" receiver he's lacked since 2009 or so, and coming from Stanford's Pro offense, he can contribute right away.
23) Cincinnati Bengals - (29, Dorial Green-Beckham)
PJ Williams (CB Florida, Florida St) - The Bengals offense is set. However, they could use some more talent in the defensive secondary. PJ Williams of Florida State is a ballhawk and one of the best corners in the country.
24) Green Bay Packers - (24, Spencer Drango)
Benardrick McKinney (LB, Miss St) - The Packers' defense always seems to need help. McKinney could go much higher than this, but he has the versatility to never have to come off the field, and is the kind of height/weight/speed phenom Green Bay's defense just doesn't have.
25) Indianapolis Colts - (25, PJ Williams)
Spencer Drango (OL, Baylor) - Andrew Luck is already one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. His football IQ, arm talent, and incredibly under-rated athleticism are just unique. However, his offensive line is somewhat nondescript. Drango is a big (and reportedly smart) lineman with the easy athleticism to let him play all over the offensive line.
26) San Francisco 49'ers - (27, AJ Cann)
Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona) - Michael Crabtree is an unrestricted free agent after this year, and Anquan Bolden is going to have to retire at some point. Strong is the go-to "X" receiver that Crabtree was drafted to to be, and brings the same kind of physical presence to the offense that Bolden does.
27) Arizona Cardinals - (26, Shilique Calhoun)
Shane Ray (DE/OLB, Mizzou) - With a (reported) 4.4 forty, 10 foot broad jump, 40 inch vertical and 400 pound bench press, Ray is one of the most impressive physical specimens in the draft. He's also a talented pass rusher. He measures in as a dreaded DE/OLB "tweener" but that fits perfectly in the void left by John Abraham.
28) Seattle Seahawks - (32, Shane Ray)
Eddie Goldman (DT, Florida St.) - I'm not sure if I agree with this, but Goldman is the highest rated defensive tackle left on the board. Goldman has come through in the clutch for the Seminoles, and Seattle needs more young talent on their defensive line.
29) Dallas Cowboys - (23, Eric Kendricks)
Eric Kendricks (ILB, UCLA) - The undersized, but athletic, inside linebacker still fits the Cowboys, and still presents a good value. Dallas needs to add young talent to their defense, and Eric adds the same qualities to the Dallas defense that his brother Mychal does to Phillys
30) Philadelphia Eagles - (28, Shaq Thompson)
Ronald Darby (CB/FS, Florida St) - The Eagles secondary is a weakness, and Chip Kelly hasn't been afraid to make a pick that is perceived as a reach to add athleticism before. Darby is a hybrid DB in the mold of LaMarcus Joyner, but he is had good cover skills, and is expected to be a 4.3-4.4 athlete.
31) San Diego Chargers - (30, Melvin Gordon)
AJ Cann (OG, South Carolina) - Philip Rivers is on pace for an MVP- caliber season. However, they could use reinforcements along their offensive line. Cann is probably a big, athletic, mauling guard who can pave roads in the run game, or give excellent protection to Philip Rivers.
32) Denver Broncos (30, Denzel Perryman)
Shilique Calhoun (DE, Michigan St) - This is excellent value here. Calhoun can understudy, and eventually take over for, DeMarcus Ware as a defensive end/linebacker. Calhoun is undersized to play defensive end in a four man front, but he is a fluid athlete with plenty of experience in an aggressive, attacking defense.
*Note: This mock was done before the Jets' trade for Percy Harvin, and I really didn't feel like redoing the whole thing. Fear not, We'll adjust and picks will change next week.
Well there you have it, the Week 6 Power Mock. Be sure to make your feelings known in the comment section. Also, be sure to use this as your open thread to discuss today's college football games. And be sure to let us know which games you're watching.