In his latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft [Insider only] Todd McShay of ESPN has come up with a shocking pick for the New York Giants at No. 12 -- Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses.
It is important to note here, as McShay does, that this is his effort at playing GM for all 32 teams. He is making the choices he would make, not trying to predict what he actually believes will happen in the real NFL Draft on May 8. Here is how McShay explains his choice for the Giants:
It feels like I'm the only guy who likes Moses this high in the draft, but these are my picks, so I'm taking him here. Guys who don't like him as much focus on the fact that he underachieved early in his career, but he has matured a lot and I thought his tape in 2013, when he played left tackle, was much more impressive than his 2012 tape, when he was playing right tackle. Pass-rushers need to take a cab ride to get around his length. If the Giants aren't going to get a pass-catcher here -- and I did seriously consider LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. -- I think they have to improve the pass protection for Eli Manning.
McShay leaves Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin and LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on the board to make the selection of Moses, a 6-foot-6, 314-pound tackle CBS Sports ranks No. 37 overall and gives a late-first to early-second round grade. CBS compares Moses to Ryan Clady of the Denver Broncos.
Perhaps it is less important to discuss whether or not Moses would be a good pick for the Giants than it is to discuss what a selection like this signifies. As our own Jesse Bartolis has been repeatedly trying to get across in his series of 'dark horse' candidates for the 12th pick, the draft is completely unpredictable and no two talent evaluators see players the same way.
While those on the outside focus on a narrow group of players for the team they care about, it only takes one general manager to turn the draft on its head. What if Giants GM Jerry Reese, like McShay, is in love with Moses? What if he's in love with Indiana wide receiver Cory Latimer, Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy, Colorado State center Weston Richburg or someone else you would not commonly think of as a possibility at No. 12?
Year after year we see players drafted much earlier -- and much later -- than the common perceptions of draft analysts would have you believe possible before the draft begins.
Point is, anything is possible. Don't fool yourself into thinking you have it all figured out -- because you don't.