Because it is getting boring reading every rumor under the sun about the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, because we still have several hours to kill before the draft begins and, well, because we can, here's a little six-round mock draft for the New York Giants.
As I begin this I have no idea how it's going to turn out. I am going to use the Fanspeak Mock Draft Simulator and will choose the Ourlads Big Board. To be honest, I have done this waaaaay too many times over the past week and it's come out very differently each time. I will give you my round-by-round choices, along with some rationale and the best players I felt I had available with each pick.
Let me be honest here. I do not study these players in the depth that Jesse, 'Invictus' and 'Raptor' do. I'm giving you this just to give you something extra to read -- and hoping I don't embarrass myself in the process. So, here goes with what is almost certain to be a completely unrealistic mock for the Giants.
Round 1 (12th)
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M -- Yes, Evans is still on the board in this simulation and it took me, oh, maybe three seconds to make this pick. Stunningly, Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin and LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. are also available. I go with Evans and give Eli Manning the weapon he needs. The Giants won't have this array of players to choose from in a few hours.
Round 2 (43rd)
Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada -- This was a TOUGH call for me here. Bitonio is a guy, a bit like Zack Martin, who might play inside or outside at the NFL level. Many think he sneaks into the late portion of the first round, and considering the Giants' need for offensive linemen it's a nice blend of value and need at 43. I passed on several appealing players here, including Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas, defensive ends Kony Ealy (Missouri) and Dee Ford (Auburn), and defensive tackles Timmy Jernigan (Florida State) and Ra'Shede Hageman (Minnesota).
Round 3 (74th)
Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State -- I am absolutely blown away by the choices still available to me here. Defensive tackles Hageman, Will Sutton (Arizona State) and Kelcy Quarles (South Carolina), among others, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins of Washington, running backs Bishop Sankey (Washington), Jeremy Hill (LSU), Tre Mason (Auburn) and Ka'Deem Carey (Arizona) are among MANY appealing choices here. I take Richburg simply because the Giants have to once and for all replenish an offensive line that has needed help for several years, and this is a chance to do it. Even with all the other choices available, Richburg is good value here.
Round 4 (113th)
Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia -- Really the last tight end on the board I am really interested in, and this is the right range in which to pick him. Again not an easy choice. I left some defensive tackle on the board again, notably Quarles and Caraun Reid of Princeton. Several safeties also went off the board later in the fourth round, and I was tempted to go safety here.
Round 5 (152nd)
Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota -- The Giants could use a developmental safety with Will Hill in limbo and Antrel Rolle in the final year of his contract. The Giants had Vereen in for a workout, so you know there is interest.
Round 5 (174th, compensatory)
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson -- Yes, I took Evans in the first round and this might seem like overkill. I literally, however, can't believe the 6-foot-4, 211-pound Bryant is available right here. Strongly considered Virginia defensive end Brent Urban here, but could not pass on Bryant.
Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College -- The Giants love to pick late-round linebackers. So, that's what I do here.