The more things change, the more they apparently stay the same. At least when it comes to 2015 NFL mock drafts and the New York Giants. The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is over, shuffling prospect big boards everywhere. In version 3.0 of his 2015 NFL Mock Draft, however. ESPN's Todd McShay sticks with a familiar name for the Giants at No. 9 overall -- Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff.
McShay also mocked Scherff to the Giants in version 2.0 of his mock draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper did the same the last time he issued a mock. Kiper reiterated that sentiment Thursday during a draft conference call:
Mel Kiper agrees with Todd McShay: if Brandon Scherff is there at 9, Giants should take him + plug him in the way Cowboys did w/ Zack Martin— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) February 26, 2015
Of the selection of Scherff this time, McShay writes:
I considered Oregon's Arik Armstead here because the Giants need a pass-rusher, especially if they can't work out a way to keep Jason Pierre-Paul. I think Armstead is an underrated prospect with an outstanding combination of size, agility and power, but he's a former basketball player who isn't known for being the toughest dude on the field, so I don't know that he'd be the right fit for a Tom Coughlin-coached team. Instead, I'll give them the ultimate tough guy in Scherff, who could either take over at right tackle for Justin Pugh or provide a major upgrade at left guard (with second-year lineman Weston Richburg likely to bump inside to center, his natural position).
Scherff to the Giants continues to be the 'chalk' pick. It is also more than likely the right thing to do, unless the Giants sign a starting offensive tackle or guard in free agency -- something I still believe they will try to do. If they can't get that done in free agency, completing their line is the best thing they could do for Eli Manning, Ben McAdoo and the entire offense.