You want to pick in the top nine. Here’s what a few football people at the league meetings are thinking about the breakdown of this draft: Nine prime picks, then eight or 10 really good prospects, then maybe 30 or so of the same player. The top nine: quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, defensive tackle Leonard Williams, wideouts Kevin White and Amari Cooper, pass-rushers Dante Fowler and Vic Beasley, offensive tackle Brandon Scherff and cornerback Trae Waynes. After that, beauty starts to be in the eye of the beholder. I had one GM tell me: "The 17th pick on our board might be the 53rd pick on another team’s board -- and that could be a team we really respect."
The draft, of course, never goes the way anyone thinks it will. So, at least a couple of players on King's list of nine will likely fall a bit further.
Would the Giants draft a corner like Waynes at No. 9? King mentions Scherff as the only top 10 worthy offensive lineman. Might the Giants disagree, and grab either Andrus Peat or La'el Collins? Could an edge rusher like 'Bud' Dupree be the apple of Jerry Reese's eye?
The remark about the difference of players tells you that there is no way to know who might be available when the Giants pick in the second or third rounds. The draft, as always, is full of surprises.
We know many fans are dug in at this point in regards to what they want to see done, or who they want pick. King's post reminds us, though, that you have to enter the draft realizing you don't know what's going to happen. Because nobody does.