Friday is usually the day we review mock drafts from sources around the Internet, and we will do so later this week. The new two-round mock draft from SB Nation's Dan Kadar is too interesting, however, not to discuss it immediately. That is because Kadar made the same two selections for the Giants that yours truly made in the two-round SB Nation bloggers' mock draft -- Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff at No. 9 and UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa at No. 40.
Here is what Kadar wrote about Scherff:
New York has a lot of good pieces on offense, but how good will they be with a suspect offensive line? The crazy thing is, though, the Giants need just one more puzzle piece to solidify the entire line. That could be Scherff, who could play guard or tackle and be dominant.
Left on the board: Kevin White, Trae Waynes, Devante Parker, Andrus Peat, La'el Collins, Randy Gregory, Shane Ray, Landon Collins, Ereck Flowers.
Here is Kadar's explanation for the Odighizuwa selection:
Odighizuwa is a good fit at end for the Giants. He's strong enough to hold the edge, can be moved around and is fast enough to beat tackles to the edge.
Left on the board: Tevin Coleman, Laken Tomlinson, Eli Harold, Phillip Dorsett, Shaq Thompson, Eric Rowe, Damarious Randall, Preston Smith, Michael Bennett, Ali Marpet.
Sure, there is probably a little bit of 'see, I wasn't crazy to make those picks' in pointing out that Kadar has agreed with me in his mock draft. That, however, was not the sole reason for opening this discussion. As we will talk about a lot between now and when the draft begins on April 30, there are any number of viable scenarios for the Giants. None is necessarily the "right" or "wrong" scenario. The Giants find themselves in an interesting position where multiple paths appear to be available.
I know it's a tired topic, but let's talk about Scherff just a bit. I find the whole Scherff discussion incredibly fascinating. Is he a guard? Is he a tackle? Since Scherff impressed with his athleticism during the Iowa pro day, it seems more and more you hear the idea that Scherff, while a potentially great guard, could be a viable NFL tackle. Perhaps even a left tackle. Regardless of position, it seems nearly everyone is in agreement that he is the best offensive lineman in the 2015 draft class.
'Invictus' recently discussed asset allocation and positional value in a fantastic piece you need to read if you haven't done so already. The question I want to ask is does position on the offensive line really matter? Is left tackle really more important than right tackle? A great many, maybe even most, of your premier pass rushers, now line up over the right tackle. Shouldn't he be your best pass blocker then? Is guard really more important than tackle? There are five linnemen and a weak spot is a weak spot, regardless of position. Should positional versatility, the ability to grab a guy who might be able to play four positions rather than one or two, be part of the equation?
Now, let's talk about Odighizuwa. As Kadar and others have pointed out, he does seem to be a perfect fit for the Giants. A traditional defensive end with the size and strength to play the run, and the quickness and variety of moves to get to the passer. Yes, his hip surgeries are a factor but if his health passes muster then he seems like a quality choice. Look at the "left on the board" list and it's obvious there are many other good options for whom you can build a solid case.
Point is, there are many ways to approach the draft and many ways things could turn out. This is just one viable, possible outcome.