Happy Saturday New York Giants fans! It's time once again for the Big Blue View Power Mock!
After their second straight loss the Giants once again fall in the Power Rankings, and rise in our draft order.
Once again I'll be doing all the drafting in this mock, and as per usual I used the aggregate Power Rankings from Real Clear Sports
The Power Mock
1) Oakland Raiders - (2, Leonard Williams)
Leonard Williams (DL, USC) - The Raiders drop a spot, but there's really no reason to change the pick. The Raiders still need help all over the field, and with Dennis Allen out, there's no telling what kind of defense they'll be running next season. Williams can find a home in any defensive front.
2) Jacksonville Jaguars (1, Cedric Ogbuehi)
Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford) - I could go for a pass rusher here, but I believe the Jags are best served by protecting their franchise -- they hope -- QB, and improving their running game. Peat is a big, well rounded OT who should be able to play either side. They can figure out what sides Peat and Joeckle play on later.
3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3, Marcus Mariota)
Cedric Ogbuehi (OT, Texas A&M) - I very easily could have mocked them Marcus Mariota here, but after a couple weeks that gets boring. Instead I'm going to improve their offensive line. Personally, I think I think that I like Scherff better than Ogbuehi, but the TAMU product is the exact archetype LT that NFL teams draft high.
4) Tennessee Titans (7, Randy Gregory)
Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama) - The Titans are in "Sell" mode, and have given the keys to their offense to a rookie QB. So let's get him a weapon. Cooper might not be the top playmaker in this draft, but he is probably the top receiver. He has good size, great hands, enough speed and quickness, and runs great routes. Exactly what a young QB needs.
5) New York Jets (5, Amari Cooper)
Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa) - I'm going to wait and see what kind of impact Percy Harvin has on the Jets' offense. But, the team definitely still has issues. By taking Scherff they get a mauling left tackle who can help Chris Ivory out, and hopefully give Geno Smith enough time to get the ball to Harvin.
6) Minnesota Vikings (8, Devin Funchess)
Kevin White (WR, West Virginia) - I could have gone a couple directions here, but I decided to get Teddy Bridgewater a weapon. White leads the nation in catches and yards right now, and shows no signs of letting up. He's making noise, but I really expect him to shoot up draft boards after the season is over.
7) Washington Redskins (4, Andrus Peat)
Randy Gregory (DE/OLB, Nebraska) - With Brian Orakpo landing on the IR with a torn pectoral muscle, and an unrestricted free agent anyway, this move makes all to much sense. Gregory is an Aldon Smith-like pass rusher who, while raw, has all the tools to be an impact player at the next level.
8) Atlanta Falcons (9, Dante Fowler Jr.)
Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson) - Once again we spin the "Wheel Of Passrushers"! This time it lands on Vic Beasley out of Clemson. Beasley isn't as well rounded a player as Fowler, or the straight up freak that Oakman is. What Beasley is, is the most vicious speed rusher in the draft. He can play OLB or put his hand in the dirt in nickel situations, but either way, he lives in opponent's backfields.
9) St. Louis Rams (6, Todd Gurley)
Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) - St Louis committed themselves to Sam Bradford, but can they realistically expect him to be reliable? Austin Davis has played well, but QB's playing with house money like Davis have proven been Fools' Gold before. Mariota stresses a defense in too many ways to pass on here.
10) Houston Texans (13, Brandon Scherff)
Devin Funchess (WR, Michigan) - I don't know who is going to be playing quarterback for the Houston Texans next season, but Andre Johnson could use some help out there. Funchess is a converted tight end who presents a massive target, and depending on how much of New England's offense O'Brien will install in his second year, he could be a fantastic weapon for them.
11) New Orleans Saints (14, Vic Beasley)
Dante Fowler Jr (DE/OLB, Florida) - Who wins the NFC South? The first team to play some defense. Fowler should have the versatility to play end or rush linebacker in the NFL, and he should fit well in Rob Ryan's defense. Really, any upgrade to New Orleans' defense is a welcome one.
12) New York Giants (15, Shawn Oakman)
Cody Prewitt (S, Ole Miss) - The number 1 problem with the Giants' defense -- beezers cover your eyes -- is the lack of a good center-fielding safety. I'm assuming Perry Fewell is the defensive coordinator, and he has always been at his best when he has a safety who simply precludes the possibility of a big play. I look at the number of big plays a defense gives up as a symptom of poor safety play anyway, but it goes double with Fewell. He simply calls a defense differently (and much better) when he has a Jairus Byrd, Kenny Phillips, or Will Hill back there. Cody Prewitt is my top safety in this years' class, and he could be that kind of safety for the Giants.
13) Cleveland Browns (18, Kevin White)
Shawn Oakman (DL, Baylor) - Oakman is likely THE freak of this draft. Oakman's unique blend of size, strength, speed, and agility give him the option of fitting in any defensive front Mike Pettine wants to call. 1-gap, 2-gap, 3-4, 4-3, Hybrid... Doesn't matter.
14) Chicago Bears (16, Cody Prewitt)
Marcus Peters (CB, Washington) - The Bears defense is at it's best when it is generating turnovers. Coincidentally, it isn't very good right now. Peters is a solid cover corner with good size, and a knack for picking off opposing QB's. All things the Bears could use right about now.
15) Carolina Panthers (19, Marcus Peters)
Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia) - Gurley is probably one of the 5 most talented players in this draft, but the value of running backs has taken such a hit that he falls to the middle of the round. The Panthers need somebody other than the banged up Cam Newton to run the ball and take the load off their passing game. Gurley should feast on the defenses of the NFC South.
16) Pittsburgh Steelers (11, Trae Waynes )
Landon Collins (S, Alabama) - It just feels weird to keep saying that the Steelers' defense needs help, but it does. This time they're getting safety help. Collins is a versatile safety who can play both free and strong safety, and should be a good fit for Dick LeBeau's scheme.
17) Miami Dolphins (10, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu)
Spencer Drango (OT, Baylor) - The Dolphins invest a lot in completely rebuilding their shattered offensive line last year, and they do so again here. Drango should have the ability to play guard or tackle at the next level, letting the Dolphins play him where he is best and helps the team most.
18) Buffalo Bills (12, Landon Collins)
Melvin Gordon (RB, Nebraska) - CJ Spiller is out for the year and heading into free agency anyway. Likewise Fred Jackson is injured and aging. Top running back in this draft pretty much comes down to preference. Gurley is a big, fast monster of a back, while Gordon is a bigger Jamaal Charles. He's a guy who is a home run threat every time he touches the ball, and teams can get him the ball in a variety of ways.
19) Cincinnati Bengals (23, PJ Williams)
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB, Oregon) - Once again we try to get some help for the Bengals' secondary. Ekpre-Olomu will likely slide down the draft board. However, he is an excellent cover corner that should help keep the ball in QBs' hands for Cincy's nasty front-7.
20) Kansas City Chiefs (17. La'el Collins)
Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona) - Dwayne Bowe hit the dreaded 30 year marker, and could use some help anyway. Strong is rated as a 2nd rounder right now, but I wouldn't be surprised if that changed -- and besides, Andy Reid has never been afraid of reaching. Strong is the same kind of athletic big-bodied receiver as Bowe, and should be welcome addition to the Chielfs' attack.
21) San Francisco 49ers (26, Jaelen Strong)
Michael Bennett (DT, Ohio St) - The 9'ers are an odd team to mock draft. They don't seem to have many holes, but there are cracks appearing, and they haven't drafted well lately. They haven't added much to their defensive front lately, and Bennett should be able to play End in a 34 or Tackle in a 43 front.
22) New England Patriots (22, Ty Montgomery)
Danny Shelton (DT, Washington) - Vince Wilfork is getting awfully long in the tooth, and he can't keep going much longer. Shelton is a similarly planet-esque human being, and like Wilfork he possess an entirely unfair amount of quickness for a man his size.
23) Detroit Lions (20, Danny Shelton)
P.J. Williams (CB, Florida St.) - If Suh isn't re-signed, this very well could be a defensive tackle, but I'm not sure how many DT's I like here. Williams is a very good cover corner, and the Lions certainly could use some help in their secondary.
24) Seattle Seahawks (28, Eddie Goldman)
Shilique Calhoun (DE, Michigan St.) - I almost forgot Calhoun was still on the board, but he fits in in well here. Seattle needs some help up front, and likes to play an aggressive defense and that is exactly what Calhoun is coming from in Michigan St.
25) San Diego Chargers (31, A.J. Cann)
La'El Collins (OT, LSU) - The big offensive lineman fell a bit this week, and the Chargers happily snap him up. Collins reminds a bit of DJ Fluker, but I think he has better feet, good enough to at least try him at left tackle.
26) Baltimore Ravens (21, Melvin Gordon)
Shane Ray (DE, Mizzou) - Terrell Suggs is getting up there in age, and the Ravens could use another pass rusher in any case. Ray is an absolutely explosive athlete, but his "tweener" size could knock him down draft boards, as teams won't know what to do with him. He should fit well as a rush linebacker in Baltimore.
27) Arizona Cardinals (27, Shane Ray)
Arik Armstead (DE, Oregon) - Armstead is like Oakman: massive, athletic, former basketball player. With Dockett out, Campbell could use some help along that defensive line, and Armstead looks like he would be a good fit at 5-technique in an aggressive 3-4.
28) Green Bay Packers (24, Benardrick McKinney)
Benardrick McKinney (LB, Mississippi St.) - I didn't want to repeat a pick, but McKinney makes too much sense for the Packers. He could play outside linebacker or inside, and they need both. Likewise they could really use his blend of size and athleticism.
29) Indianapolis Colts (25, Spencer Drango)
Shaq Thompson (LB, Washington) - The Colts could use both a linebacker and a safety, and Thompson splits the difference between the two. He's undersized for a linebacker, but he is all over the field. Thompson brings speed to the Indianapolis defense while still being able to help stop the run.
30) Dallas Cowboys (29, Eric Kendricks)
Eddie Goldman (DT, FSU) - Dallas' offense is covering up some serious warts on their defense. Their defense really isn't much better than it was in 2013, it's just on the field less. Goldman should help Dallas be stouter at the point of attack, and get more push up the middle.
31) Philadelphia Eagles (30, Ronald Darby)
Ronald Darby (DB, FSU) - Again, I didn't want to double up a pick, but Darby has the athleticism that Kelly loves, and could play either corner or safety for the Eagles. They could use help at either position, so this just makes sense.
32) Denver Broncos (32, Shilique Calhoun)
Denzel Perryman (MLB, Miami) - With Danny Trevathan once again injured the Broncos defense needs a middle linebacker. Perryman is definitely the best pure MIKE in this class, and brings a lot to a defense that is already used to playing with a lead.
There you have it, the week 7 Power Mock. Make your thoughts known in the comments section, and let us know what you liked, what you disliked (other than Dallas and Philly at 30 & 31 respectively).
Also, use this as your open thread to discuss the prospects and today's college football action
Games To Watch
Ole Miss at Kentucky (CBS, 3:30 p.m.)
West Virginia at Oklahoma St. (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.)
Mississippi State at LSU (ESPN, 7:15 p.m.)