Mel Kiper Jr. is out with his first full mock draft of 2015. His selection for the New York Giants? Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, a selection that probably would push Justin Pugh from right tackle to guard.
Here is Kiper's explanation:
While he's a left tackle at Iowa, I think Scherff could start his NFL career at right tackle and, if he were to deal with growing pains there, could end up at guard. If you then question a draft slot this high, getting a guy who can be solid at right tackle right away and potentially dominant at guard isn't too shabby. The guy is simply devastating as a run-blocker, and the Giants could draft him knowing he'll play right away and provide dividends. (Think of what Dallas got in drafting Zack Martin last season and moving him inside.) With apologies to those of you who want to see 250 targets to Odell Beckham, Jr., Scherff could help balance this offense.
Scherff is the first offensive lineman off the board in Kiper's mock. This pick certainly matches the idea expressed by both Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese on Wednesday that Pugh could move inside if the Giants find the proper replacement. Of course, Scherff could be the guy who moves inside, as well.
This pick also matches the one 'Invictus' made for the Giants in his first mock draft. 'Invictus' wrote that he sees Scherff as abetter guard than tackle, but writes "if you think a guy like Scherff is the next Zack Martin, then I think for the sake of Eli Manning and offense, you draft him and let him go at guard for the next decade."
Your thoughts, Giants fans?