We have arrived at the time for our weekly 2015 NFL Mock Draft roundup, where we look around the Inter-Google at a variety of recently-updated mock drafts. Scan the table below and you will see something amazing -- this is a Brandon Scherff-less roundup. The Iowa offensive lineman, the most popular pick for the Giants up to this point, is nowhere to be found.
|Mocking The Draft||La'el Collins||OT||LSU||2/16|
|Draft Tek||Gerod Holliman||FS||Louisville||2/18|
|Walter Football||Ereck Flowers||OT||Miami||2/18|
|CBS Sports/Rang||Shane Ray||DE||Missouri||2/16|
|CBS Sports/Brugler||Shane Ray||DE||Missouri||2/16|
|Newsday||Alvin 'Bud' Dupree||DE||Kentucky||2/17|
|NFL Mocks||Dante Fowler||DE||Florida State||2/18|
|Draft Site||Andrus Peat||OT||Stanford||2/19|
Let's focus on one player listed above -- Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead. Daniel Jeremiah mocked him to the Giants, and Mel Kiper recently had him going No. 8 to the Atlanta Falcons. That's a huge, sudden rise for Armstead.
Update: Read our 2015 NFL Draft rankings by position.
Is that justified for the freakishly large 6-foot-8, 290-pound Armstead, previously thought of as a late-first round type pick? NFL.com calls Armstead a "projection-based prospect" who is "very raw" and "will need patience and coaching." Some see Armstead as a 4-3 defensive tackle. Others think he can be a defensive end, either in the 4-3 or 3-4.
SB Nation draft analyst Dan Kadar said of Armstead that "I don't like him quite as much as others." He also added that he doesn't see Armstead as a fit for the Giants.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay offered an interesting series of tweets Thursday about Armstead:
Ore DE A Armstrong's skill set (length, power from ground up, and violent hands) translates better to NFL than other "edge" guys in 2015...— Todd McShay (@McShay13) February 19, 2015
I know A. Armstead is self motivated, but need to dig more on fire for game + FB character. 6-8 snaps per game where he's late off snap...— Todd McShay (@McShay13) February 19, 2015
If convinced he's driven to be great at next level, I'd take Armstead over Ray, Fowler, Gregory. Don't want to hear about 2.5 sacks, either— Todd McShay (@McShay13) February 19, 2015
Look at top sack guys in NFL. Common thread: All capable of winning with power -Watt, Houston, Mario, JPP, Suggs, Quinn... You get the point— Todd McShay (@McShay13) February 19, 2015
Your thoughts, Giants fans?