By now, New York Giants fans are largely talked out when it comes to the subject of whether Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff could or should be the pick for the Giants at No. 9 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. SB Nation draft analyst Dan Kadar has, however, continued his rock-solid support of Scherff by again mocking him to the Giants with the ninth pick.
Thus, here we are again. How shall we approach the discussion this time. Let's start by using Kadar's words. This time, the SBN guru offered scouting reports on each first-round selection. Here is what he said of Scherff:
Although Scherff may not have the elite foot quickness some like in an offensive tackle, he's very good in every other area. He's arguably the most powerful blocker in this year's draft and has unbelievable upper body power. He likes to use it to push defensive players around. Because of that, his footwork can be inconsistent. That's what gets Scherff in trouble. Speed rushers can give him trouble and Scherff will sometimes try and overcompensate for his footwork and get beaten on inside counter moves. But Scherff plays with a real toughness, especially as a run blocker. He's surprisingly proficient blocking on the second level and will put defensive players into the ground.
As you may also already know, Kadar was a guest Friday on the 'Big Blue Chat' with Pat Traina and I. He defended Scherff there, as well as talking about a number of other draft topics. Give that a listen if you haven't already.
Now, let's get back to our discussion.Let's try this in a vacuum. If the pick is an offensive lineman there are three potential choices -- Scherff, Andrus Peat of Stanford and La'el Collins of LSU. Let's talk strictly about those three players.
What others think
We know that Kadar is absolutely set in his support of Scherff as the best of the bunch. What about other draft analysts, however? Let's have a look.
-- The Big Blue View Big Board has Scherff at No. 12, Collins at No. 15 and Peat at No. 17.
-- Scott Wright of Draft Countdown is a huge supporter of Scherff. In his just-released updated Big Board, Wright has Scherff as the No. 5 overall prospect. He has Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers at No. 19, Collins at No. 21, Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries at No. 23, offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings of Pittsburgh at No. 25 and Peat all the way down at No. 28.
-- Ourlads has Peat ranked 12th, Scherff 17th and Collins 18th. Ourlads, like Mike Mayock of NFL Network, considers Scherff a guard.
-- Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network has Clemmings No. 20, Scherff No. 21, Peat No. 22 and Collins No. 24.
-- Bucky Brooks of NFL Network has Peat at No. 13, Collins at No. 16, Scherff at No. 18, Flowers at No. 20 and Clemmings at No. 24.
-- Former scout Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post recently mocked Peat to the Giants at No. 9 and called him "the best tackle in this draft."
Who fits the Giants the best?
Like many other things in life, that depends on your point of view. Clearly, there is a division of opinion.
-- If you want the guy most likely to be a plug-and-play starter who can be a road grader in the running game, that's Scherff. Collins is a guy some would beat the drum for in this spot, believing he may be a better long-term tackle than Scherff.
-- If you want a guy many think is the best left tackle prospect in the draft, that's Peat. Draft him, you are probably committing to Peat playing right tackle as a rookie and Justin Pugh kicking inside. A year from now, perhaps Peat kicks to the left side to replace Will Beatty.
-- If you are willing to deal with John Jerry starting at guard for another season maybe your guy is Clemmings. Lots of upside as a long-term tackle, but his lack of experience means he probably is not an immediate starter. You might need to wait a year.
-- If you are willing to wait until Round 2 and gamble that he is still there, perhaps Flowers, whom Kadar calls a "perfect scheme fit" for the Giants is your guy.
What do you think?
Let's put it to a vote. The ninth overall pick, by almost all accounts, is much too early for Clemmings or Flowers. Scherff, Peat and Collins are all sometimes mocked at No. 9 or higher, so the poll below will include only those three offensive linemen. Out of Scherff, Peat and Collins, which one would you choose?
Vote in the poll below.