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Invictus XI and Raptor22 join forces to bring you a mock draft hot and fresh out of the oven. This one has a bit of a twist.

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It's time for another mock draft! This time, 'Invictus XI' and 'Raptor22' join forces for a collaborative effort. Who did the New York Giants pick? Well, you'll have to stay tuned to find out. Read on and mock our mock!

Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

1)

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon The Bucs have all the pieces for a very good team, except for the quarterback. Mariota has all the tools to be a very good quarterback. (Raptor)

2)

Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska An easy selection for the Titans to make. They need to improve their pass rush in the worst way. (IXI)

3)

Leonard Williams, DT, USC Best player available for a team with a whole truckload of needs. They have a solid pass rush, but Williams makes their whole defense better. (Raptor)

4)

Devante Parker, WR, Louisville I have Cooper over Parker, but Parker has the H/W/S and smooth athleticism that the Raiders seem to adore. You see it in past prospects like Menelik Watson, DJ Hayden, and Khalil Mack. (IXI)

5)

Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford Whoever is going to be Washington's quarterback next year would probably do better if he's protected (Raptor)

6)

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama Either Jameis Winston or Cooper here, and I think the new "responsible" Jets go with somebody that will elevate whoever is throwing him the ball (IXI)

7)

Shane Ray, DE, Missouri John Fox is the Bears' new head coach. Vic Fangio is their new defensive coordinator. They get their Von Miller/Aldon Smith. (Raptor)

8)

Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky Length, burst, production. What doesn't Dupree have that won't make him a perfect fit in Atlanta? (IXI)

9)

TRADE! Giants trade ninth overall pick to Houston Texans. Texans select Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State It should be noted that the Giants would have selected Danny Shelton here had they stayed put. However, the opportunity to nab another second round pick was a big one as the Texans gave up a decent haul to land the only other QB currently worth a damn in this draft. The Texans needed to jump St. Louis, who was prepared to take Winston, and they had to fork over a second-rounder just to move up seven spots. Good, fair deal for both teams involved. (Consensus)

10)

Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

The Texans snaked Jameis Winston from the Rams, so the the Rams go out and get that "X" receiver they have spent years looking for. White has tremendous upside, but a limited route tree. But when he learns the finer points, he, Kenny Britt, and Tavon Austin will be a dangerous combination.

When they can get a quarterback they can count on. (Raptor)

11)

Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa What do the Vikings need? A mauling, powerful guard to help Matt Kalil out on the left side. Enter one of the best run blocking guard prospects in this draft. (IXI)

12)

Bernardrick McKinney, ILB, Texas A&M Can anyone name the class="sbn-auto-link" href="https://www.dawgsbynature.com/">Browns' middle linebacker off the top of their head? McKinney isn't the best in coverage but he is a leader and has athleticism in spades. (Raptor)

13)

Danny Shelton, DT, Washington The Saints need a monster in the middle to help anchor that aggressive defense. No one better in the draft to do it than Shelton. (IXI)

14)

Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington The Dolphins have one of the best pass rushes in the league. But their secondary is definitely wanting. Thompson's skill set lets him improve the front and back seven at the same time. (Raptor)

15)

La'el Collins, OT, LSU Match made in heaven. The 49ers are guaranteed to lose one of their guards this offseason, and lo and behold, a really, really good one is available for them to pick right now. (IXI)

16)

TRADE! Houston trades their 16th overall pick plus their second- and fifth-round picks to the New York Giants, who select Dante Fowler Jr., DE Florida

Dante Fowler doesn't exactly fit the Giants Height/ Weight/Speed mold for a defender. He has solid size and is a great athlete however. He also -- reportedly -- has a tremendous passion for the game.

Defensive end is something of a luxury pick if JPP is re-signed, however Fowler's versatility lets him play as an end, tackle, or stand-up rusher. He is the type of player that Steve Spagnuolo will like scheming with.

He also gives the Giants the option of not extending Robert Ayers after the 2015 season. (Consensus)

17)

T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh It was between Clemmings and Fowler for me when the Giants came up to pick, and ultimately Fowler won out, but I wouldn't have much of an issue with taking Clemmings at 9, let alone 16. He struggled during the senior bowl but still has got immense upside. (IXI)

18)

Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah Justin Houston is a free agent, and Tamba Hali is a 31-year-old potential cap casualty. They drafted Dee Ford high last year, but the Chiefs would need another pass rusher if they lose both Houston and Hali. (Raptor)

19)

Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami The Browns are close to having the best OL in the NFL. Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, and Alex Mack are great players. Adding Flowers and moving Mitchell Schwartz to guard would solidify that line. (IXI)

20)

P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State Somebody must have talked some sense into Chip Kelly, because he didn't trade the farm for Mariota. Williams addresses a pressing need for the Eagles with the athleticism Chip craves. If his off-field issues check out, this is an easy pick. (Raptor)

21)

Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

Rey Maualuga just cannot get it done for the Bengals. They need speed on that LB front. (IXI)

22)

Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State The Steelers are going through a defensive transformation this offseason. The core of their championship defenses is aging out of the league. Bennett is a disruptive 5 technique to provide a building block for that new defense. (Raptor)

23)

Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State With the Lions potentially losing Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, they need to add an elite presence in the middle of that defense. Goldman provides that. (IXI)

24)

What the Cardinals did in 2014 was simply tremendous. But they still need to replace the sack artistry of Jon Abraham, or the pressure created by Todd Bowles manic blitzes. Beasley might be the best pure pass rusher in the draft, and he's well suited for Arizona's hyper-aggressive 3-4 defense. (Raptor)

25)

Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State Kelvin Benjamin and Jaelen Strong on the same team? The two towers of the Panthers would wreak havoc in much the same way as Tampa Bay and Chicago, with the difference being that Carolina has a better QB. (IXI)

26)

Landon Collins, S, Alabama Baltimore's secondary was a mess by the end of 2014, and Ozzie just couldn't let Collins slide any further. He might be a strong safety, he might be a WILL linebacker, but the combination of Mosley, Will Hill, and Landon Collins makes the middle of that defense scary.

27)

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin Match made in heaven. They aren't going to shell out money for Demarco Murray, and Gordon would ruin everything by running behind that OL. (IXI)

28)

Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas The Broncos are reportedly high on Denzel Perryman, and in dire need of a MIKE linebacker. However at 5-foot-10, he is going to have to have a great combine to crack the first round. Brown is an athletic, talented tackle to go with, or replace, Knighton, and help protect Denver's linebackers. (Raptor)

29)

Josue Matias, OG, Florida State An elite pass protecting guard for Andrew Luck. Matias is going to be a fast riser because he can anchor really well. The Colts need some help on the OL. (IXI)

30)

Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State Brian Bulaga is a free agent, and has an extensive injury history. If Green Bay lets him go, they're going to need a back-up plan. They've learned the hard way that an injured Aaron Rodgers just isn't nearly as special as a healthy one. Sambrailo is big, athletic, smart, and nasty ... Just what you want in front of Rodgers.

31)

Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan I'm going to keep picking here until I have reason to choose something different. Funchess is a freak athlete that would love to catch balls from Tom Brady, inflated or otherwise. (IXI)

32)

Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota The Seahawks shouldn't be in the Super Bowl. Russell Wilson played horribly for most of the NFC Championship game, and they only reason they won was an epic implosions by Green Bay. But part of that was an embarrassing lack of weapons for Russ to work with. Lynch is contemplating retirement, and neither Turbin nor Christine Michael are Beast Mode. Williams is a talented, athletic pass catcher who can also perform in run blocking.

Since it wouldn't be fair to just simply trade down and take Fowler at 16, we decided to mock out what we think the rest of the Giants' draft could look like in this scenario. Each of these picks were made by both of us, at a range that we thought could be appropriate for each player. What do you think?

Round 1

Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida Explanation above.

Round 2

Cody Prewitt, FS, Ole Miss One of the best free safeties in the draft. Prewitt has had an up and down year, but he's got the length, range, and upside to be a quality starter at S for this team.

Round 2

Paul Dawson, OLB, TCU Beezers of the world rejoice! Dawson isn't a spectacular athlete, but he is fluid, agile, quick, and has a nice closing burst. More importantly, he has tremendous instincts and reactions in run defense, pass coverage, or blitzing.

He is the linebacker the Giants need and deserve.

Round 3

Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma The 6-foot-5, 340-pound behemoth has impressed with his footwork and balance. Put him and Geoff Schwartz at guard and you've got an unbelievable push inside.

Round 4

Javorius Allen, RB, USC An explosive player, "Buck" Allen gets lost among the running back shuffle but he adds a dynamic option to the rotation of backs the Giants already have.

Round 5

Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary The Giants aren't putting all their eggs in Victor Cruz's basket, despite encouraging reports on his recovery. McBride has solid size and is a tremendous route runner. A good fit for the offense, he should be good competition for the other receivers on the back end of the roster (Washington, Harris, Harper, Criner, and Talley).

Round 5

Ali Marpet, OT, Hobart The Giants were very interested in Marpet at the Senior Bowl. A developmental play, he's got the anchoring ability to be a potential steal down the line.

Round 6

Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma The 6-foot-6, 250-pound athlete is a bit of a project but could be another Larry Donnell. He's got some flashes of ability, but needs to improve technique.

Round 7

Ronald Martin, S, LSU The Giants just couldn't go a whole draft without picking somebody from LSU. Martin is something of a poor-man's Landon Collins, but he is a hard hitter and could be a solid special teams contributor. He might even have a home as a WILL linebacker or Buffalo Nickel player.

Round 7

Jermaine Whitehead, CB/S, Auburn A third safety, but it's all about competition and special teams at this point. Whitehead was a good player (if undersized) for the Auburn Tigers. If he can make a switch to CB, he could be useful for the team.

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