In its latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft, released Monday morning, Mocking The Draft writer Matthew Fairburn has pretty much turned the draft on its head. Fairburn has posted a scenario where quarterbacks fall down the board like massive boulders and the New York Giants do the unthinkable, selecting Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley with the 12th overall selection of the first round.
Although offensive line is the top need for the Giants, there isn't an offensive tackle worth drafting with this pick, and it's tough to say whether the Giants would feel comfortable pulling the trigger on a guard this high. Bringing back Jon Beason was a good move for the team, but adding another impact player at linebacker would really help this defense. C.J. Mosley is athletic enough to run and hit in a 4-3 defense at outside linebacker.
Fairburn's draft is a two-rounder. His second-round pick for the Giants at No. 43 is Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III. He writes:
Losing Linval Joseph opens up a need at defensive tackle for New York. Some view Louis Nix as a prototypical nose tackle for a 3-4 defense, but he can definitely plug the middle in a 4-3 defense. His quickness is underrated. At this spot, Nix would be a steal for the Giants.
Sorry, Matt, I am definitely not buying the Mosley pick in the first round. When I saw that I thought I had stepped into a time machine and gone back maybe three months or so. I just can't see this pick, not with the myriad of needs the Giants have in other places. Based on potential I could see an argument for linebacker here (which I would still disagree with) if the pick was UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr. For whatever reason, Fairburn does not have Barr coming off the board until the 27th pick to the New Orleans Saints.
As for the Nix pick I guess it could happen but I'm not sold on that one, either. Among the 10 picks after Nix are Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, Notre Dame defensive end Stephen Tuitt, Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro, Stanford guard David Yankey, BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Your thoughts, Giants' fans?