We already noted that ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. selected Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff for the New York Giants with the ninth overall pick in version 2.0 of his 2015 NFL mock draft. Beyond that, there is another way to look at Kiper's mock draft, and it goes to the heart of what looking at these mocks throughout the draft process should be all about -- figuring out who is moving up, and who is moving down.
Our friends over at Hogs Haven compiled the list of notable risers and fallers from Kiper's first mock draft to his current one. We thank them very much, and we will piggyback off their work to discuss how some of this may impact the Giants.
DT Danny Shelton rises from 12 to 7
DE Arik Armstead from 17 to 8
OT Andrus Peat from 25 to 10
WR Kevin White from 15 to 11
WR Breshad Perriman enters 1st round at 15
RB Melvin Gordon from 25 to 17
WR Devin Smith from 32 to 18
DT Eddie Goldman from 30 to 19
WR Jalen Collins enters 1st round at 24
TE Maxx Williams enters 1st round at 26
ILB Denzel Perryman enters 1st round at 28
OT La'el Collins enters 1st round at 29
WR Phillip Dorsett enters 1st round at 31
Shelton, the massive Washington defensive tackle, has often been mentioned as a possibility for the Giants. If he goes to the Chicago Bears seventh overall, though, so much for that idea. Look at the meteoric rise of Arik Armstead! To be honest, I know very little about Armstead at this point -- this is the first time I recall seeing him off the board before the Giants pick at No. 9. A 6-foot-8, 290-pound defensive end who Kiper compares to Ziggy Ansah is, however, a player who will have the attention of Jerry Reese. Kiper also has Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat moving up to No. 10. Kiper says Peat "has the potential to be the best offensive tackle drafted in 2015." That has my attention. Wide receiver Kevin White is also sneaking up into an area where the Giants might consider him. Some have thought Miami inside linebacker Denzel Perryman would be a nice pick for the Giants in the second round. If this scenario plays out, the Giants won't have that opportunity.
OLB Vic Beasley from 13 to 21
S Landon Collins from 7 to 22
OT TJ Clemmings from 10 to 25
ILB Shaq Thompson from 14 to not in 1st round
OLB Bud Dupree from 21 to not in 1st round
CB Kevin Johnson from 22 to not in 1st round
Of note here is that three players who have been connected to the Giants at No. 9 fall well past that point. Alabama safety Landon Collins drops to No. 22, while linebacker Shaq Thompson and defensive end Bud Dupree drop into the second round. Offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings basically flip-flops with Peat.