They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, which means our man 'Invictus' should be feeling flattered today. That's because Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports has come out with a full seven-round, 256-player mock draft. That, of course, is something 'Invictus' did here at Big Blue View more than a week ago.
For the sake of comparison, and because I know that all you really care about discussing is which players were selected for the Giants, let's do side-by-side comparisons of the two mocks. Ultimately, the question is which mock do you like better?
|Round 1 (No. 9)||Devante Parker, WR, Louisville||Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford|
|Round 2 (No. 40)||Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke||Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State|
|Round 3 (No. 74)||Derron Smith, FS, Fresno State||P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State|
|Round 4 (No. 108)||Za'darius Smith, DE, Kentucky||Djoun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic|
|Round 5 (No. 144)||Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno State||Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers|
|Round 6 (No. 186)||Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan||Zach Hodges, DE, Harvard|
|Round 7 (No. 226)||Sam Carter, SS, TCU||Austin Hill, WR, Arizona|
|Round 7 (No. 245)||Andrew East, LS, Vanderbilt||Cedric Reed, DE, Texas|
What say you, Giants fans? Which draft would you be happier with? Both drafts address the offensive line and safety positions, albeit in vastly different ways. Personally, I don't have any issue with Trapasso's first two picks. His obsession with taking defensive backs with three straight picks is odd, though. As for Invictus' mock, I will continue to argue that wide receiver is a luxury pick at No. 9 that the Giants can't afford, but I do understand Parker is seen as an impact player. My real problem with Invictus' draft? Wasting a draft pick on a long snapper? Yeah, it's the 245th overall pick, but really? A long snapper? C'mon, Invictus! I thought you were better than that.
Pat Traina and I will be taping another edition of what is becoming called the 'Pat and Ed Show' podcast on Wednesday afternoon. As they say the show can be imitated, and it was amusing to see a pair of Giants beat writers launch their own podcast this week, but never duplicated. We will have a special guest today, a well-regarded draft analyst. So, stay tuned for that and I will let you know when it's available.