Is there a "perfect" pick for the New York Giants at No. 9 in the 2015 NFL Draft? We are three months away from the draft, with free agency yet to come, so that question is somewhat impossible to answer. If the draft were held now, however, Scott Wright of Draft Countdown believes there is a clear answer.
Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff.
"The name of the game for the Giants is protecting Eli Manning. You upgrade that offensive line it’s just going to have so many ripple effects and help the team in so many regards.
"They’re really not probably a team that should be picking in the top 10 overall. I think that’s largely a by-product of injuries. The Giants can get it turned around pretty quickly. It’s not like they have so many glaring holes like a lot of these teams in the top 10. They’re not that far away once they get everybody back healthy. I just think Scherff would be perfect for them."
Wright has been evaluating draft talent since 1993 and running Draft Countdown since 1997. Over the past five years, The Huddle Report lists him as the 10th most accurate mock drafter in the past five years. He was ninth in their accuracy rankings a year ago. Wright's top 100 big board has been the fifth-most accurate among draft analysts the past five years.
"I think Scherff makes the most sense for me for the Giants," said Wright. "For my money he's the best blocker in this class.
"You don't have that elite, can't miss franchise left tackle in this class. I think Scherff is right there, he's gonna be battling in that top group and I think he's probably the safest, I will say that. I don't know if he's necessarily the best or the most talented, but I think he's the safest. Even if he can't play left tackle he can play right tackle. Even if by some chance he can't play outside you can always stick him inside.
"You know what you're getting with an Iowa offensive lineman. That program has a very good track record when it comes to producing blockers."
There are at four other offensive linemen currently considered first-round picks -- La'el Collins (LSU), Andrus Peat (Stanford), T.J. Clemmings (Pitt) and Ereck Flowers (Miami).
"I don't know that we're ever going to have a consensus on the top offensive lineman in this draft. I think this is gonna be a class where even right toward the draft you ask five different people you might get a completely different top three to five. Everyone is going to have pretty much the same group of five, it's just a matter of what order," Wright said.
"I think all of them are instant starters. Probably the one who is the biggest project is Clemmings, especially after he struggled with technical issues at the Senior Bowl. But I think any time you're taking a player in the first round, unless it's a quarterback, you're pretty much expecting to get an instant starter.
"In terms of who is ready to come in and make an impact Day 1 I think it's Scherff."
[EDITOR'S NOTE: We will have much more coming up from Wright, including a look at other potential first-round picks, a discussion about the changing Giants' draft philosophy and a look at some middle- to late-round players Wright believes the Giants could be interested in. So, stay tuned. Also, check out Wright's draft podcast.]