The script is becoming a familiar, predictable, monotonous one for New York Giants fans. Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff being mocked to the Giants with the ninth overall pick. ESPN analyst Todd McShay did that in his latest mock draft. Now, ESPN's Mel Kiper has followed suit, mocking Scherff to the Giants in version 2.0 of Kiper's 2015 NFL Mock Draft.
Here is what the perfectly-coiffed one wrote in selecting Scherff for the Giants:
Scherff is what I'd call a high-floor addition on the offensive line, because even if he doesn't profile as a blindside tackle, I think he can be an immediate force in the run game and at a minimum becomes a dominant guard. I've made the comparison before, but in the same way that Dallas drafted a tackle in Zack Martin and moved him inside as a rookie and saw him flourish, I think the Giants can count on immediate dividends from Scherff as either a right tackle or a guard right of the gate. He's one of the more dominant run-blocking lineman linemen we've seen in the draft in the last few years, and he brings experience, and the ability to take on the job like a professional right away.
Scherff was the first offensive lineman off the board in Kiper's mock, with Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat going 10th to the St. Louis Rams.
Like it or not, this buzz is going to continue. There are only two things at this point that will stop it, whether it ends up being correct or not. Those would be Scherff having a terrible Combine next week in Indianapolis or the Giants dipping into free agency for a player like Bryan Bulaga of the Green Bay Packers [profile] or Mike Iupati of the San Francisco 49ers.