You didn't think I was going to let 'Raptor,' 'Invictus' and Jesse have all the fun when it comes to 2015 NFL mocks drafts, did you? What I have done here is used the Fanspeak Draft Simulator to create a trio of seven-round mock draft scenarios for the New York Giants.
I took a different player in the first round each time, and tried to vary the players taken in each draft scenario as much as I possibly could. The purpose is really two-fold. One, to show how drafts can unfold differently based on the first choice or two that you make. Second, simply to give you a chance to comment on the different scenarios.
Vote in the poll at the bottom and let me know which scenario you like best.
Round 1 (No. 9) -- Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
There are a ton of interesting names still on the board here. They include quarterback Jameis Winston, safety Landon Collins, offensive tackles Andrus Peat and La'el Collins, running back Todd Gurley, wide receivers Kevin White and Devante Parker and outside linebacker Shaq Thompson.
I took Scherff for two reasons. First, because his selection has been the obvious 'chalk' pick for the Giants thus far. Second, I do believe the Giants will spend premium resources either in free agency or the draft on at least one offensive lineman.
So let's see how it plays out from here.
Round 2 (40th overall) -- Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
I hear your applause, Beezer Brigade. By most accounts, a player who can step in at the WILL.
Other considerations: RB Tevin Coleman, LB Denzel Perryman, TE Maxx Williams, RB Duke Johnson, DT Carl Davis, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa
Round 3 (74th overall) -- Duke Johnson, RB, UCLA
This was clearly a sweet spot for running backs as the top three available players listed were backs. The Giants could use a speed back who can catch the ball out of the backfield. Johnson seems to fit that description the best of the available guys here.
Other considerations: RB Jay Ajayi, RB Ameer Abdullah, WR Devin Smith
Round 4 (105th overall) -- Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
The Giants need protection in the slot for Victor Cruz. Dorsett is a smallish speedster.
Other considerations: WR Justin Hardy, RB David Johnson, CB Josh Shaw, OT Tyrus Thompson, S Durrell Eskridge
Round 5 (136th overall) -- Lynden Trail, DE, Norfolk State
According to the composite Big Board I reached a little for Trail here. Reports, however, are that the Giants really like Trail.
Other considerations: RB David Johnson, CB Josh Shaw, OT Tyrus Thompson, TE Jesse James, OT Sean Hickey
Round 6 (170th overall) -- Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware
Potential as an inline tight end as both a blocker and a receiver. Giants can use a guy who can do both.
Round 7 (201st overall) -- Miles Dieffenbach, OG, Penn State
Let me admit up front that my knowledge of players this deep in the draft is still developing. This is a late-round flier on a guy who missed 2014 with an injury, but might have potential to help on the inside.
Round 7 (220th overall) -- Davis Tull, OLB, Tennessee-Chattanooga
Another linebacker! A flier on a guy who was a three-time All-American at the FCS level and a three-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Let's go in a different direction and see how the draft unfolds.
Round 1 (No. 9) -- Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
Here, I choose to help the defensive line first. Hard to imagine too many people being upset with this selection.
Other considerations: WR Amari Cooper, QB Jameis Winston, S Landon Collins, WR Kevin White, OLB Shaq thompson
Round 2 (40th overall) -- RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
Waaaaay too much value to pass up. The 14th-ranked player on the board with the 40th pick.
Other considerations: ILB Bernardrick McKinney, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, LB Denzel Perryman, TE Maxx Williams
Round 3 (74th overall) -- Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
Jerry Reese wants protection for Victor Cruz. How about the speedy big-play threat from the national champs? Considering that defensive tackle and running back have been addressed, he is the best value on the board here.
Other considerations: OG Tre Jackson, DE Danielle Hunter, TE Clive Walford, OT Jeremiah Poutasi
Round 4 (105th overall) -- Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Have to address the offensive line at some point. Williams is a 6-foot-5, 334-pound tackle who could project inside to guard.
Other considerations: DE Danielle Hunter, TE Nick O'Leary, S Durrell Eskridge, TE Ben Koyack
Round 5 (136th overall) -- Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU
Small at 227 pounds, but a guy who has the reputation of being a quality special teams player and a high-character guy. Tom Coughlin values those last two characteristics. Maybe he contributes on coverage teams while the Giants wait to see if he can add a little weight to play linebacker. A replacement on the roster for Spencer Paysinger.
Other considerations: TE Nick O'Leary, WR Breshad Perriman, OT Sean Hickey
Round 6 (170th overall) -- Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware
Didn't want to repeat any selections from one draft to the next, but couldn't help it here. I'm intrigued by what you hear about Boyle, haven't addressed tight end yet, and nothing else on the board right now jumps out at me.
Round 7 (201st overall) -- Craig Mager, CB, Texas State
I am throwing darts at the wall at this point. In the pass-happy NFL, adding depth at cornerback is never a bad idea.
Round 7 (220th overall) -- Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn
Let's do this a third way and see what happens.
Round 1 (No. 9) -- Amari Cooper, WR Alabama
Had to go this way in one of the scenarios. Not my favorite selection for the Giants here, but let's see where this takes us.
Other considerations: OT Andrus Peat, S Landon Collins, WR Kevin White, OLB Shaq Thompson
Round 2 (40th overall) -- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
As I said in the second mock I really didn't want to repeat selections. But, too much value here. Who would have thought I would end up going wide receiver/running back with the first two picks? Not me.
Other considerations: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, LB Eric Kendricks, OT Cameron Erving, LB Denzel Perryman, OG Laken Tomlinson, S Cody Prewitt
Round 3 (74th overall) -- Derron Smith, S, Fresno State
There were several more highly-rated wide receivers and running backs here, but I had to address defense. He is the highest-rated defensive player on the board at a position of need.
Other considerations: S Jaquiski Tartt, OG Tre' Jackson
Round 4 (105th overall) -- Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart
I had to nab Marpet, from tiny upstate New York Hobart, in one of my drafts. I might have Jay Bromley-ed him here, taking him a round earlier than many teams would have, but I keep hearing how impressed the Giants were with him at the Senior Bowl. Besides, I have yet to add an offensive lineman.
Other considerations: OT Daryl Williams, OT Tyrus Thompson, DE Za'Darius Smith
Round 5 (136th overall) -- Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin
Massive 6-foot-8, 333-pound tackle. Said to be a bruiser in the run game. Why not double up on the big boys here?
Other considerations: OT Sean Hickey, TE Jesse James, DE Lynden Trail (might have grabbed him here, but did so in Scenario 1), TE Nick Boyle (took him in first two scenarios, had to do something different)
Round 6 (170th overall) -- Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
Might have some ability to play safety as well.
Round 7 (201st overall) -- Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State
Need to try to oust Markus Kuhn. Some think he should go off the board earlier than this.
Round 7 (220th overall) -- Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma
The kind of flier you take at this point. Former quarterback.
Your thoughts, Giants fans?