Todd McShay of ESPN is out with version 2.0 of his 2015 NFL mock draft. McShay writes that "a lot has changed" since his first mock back in December. Despite those changes, McShay's pick for the Giants at No. 9 will look very familiar. His choice is Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff.
Here is McShay's explanation:
I think this pick would depend upon whether the Giants retain Jason Pierre-Paul in free agency. If they don't, then pass-rusher becomes a top need and a guy like Florida DE Dante Fowler Jr. might be under consideration. But if JPP stays, I think the smart play here is to continue to solidify the offensive line. Left tackle Will Beatty played better in OC Ben McAdoo's system and 2014 second-rounder Weston Richburg should take over for JD Walton at center, leaving Scherff to start at either guard spot or possibly beat out Justin Pugh for the right tackle job. He is perfectly wired to be a New York Giants offensive lineman. He's durable, tough, strong and nasty. The Giants also have needs at linebacker, safety and possibly D-tackle if Mike Patterson leaves in free agency.
Valentine's View: As McShay said, the loss of Pierre-Paul could change this pick. Free agency could change this pick. The Combine could change this pick. Right now, though, this is where the smart money has to be.