If you have been following the SB Nation bloggers' mock draft you know that my selection for the New York Giants in Round 2 (40th overall) was posted on Thursday, with a mea culpa for not getting around to discussing this earlier, let's do that now.
My pick for the Giants at No. 40 was UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa. You may recall that I selected Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff for the Giants in the first round. Here is what I said in making that selection:
After grabbing an offensive lineman (Brandon Scherff) in the first round to complete that group, it's time to start adding players to a defense that needs the help. Odighizuwa is one of the handful of traditional 4-3 defensive ends in this draft, a player who can anchor against the run as well as rush the passer. The Giants have several other defensive needs, but Double O is good value here, and should add depth and talent to the Giants' defensive front.
Mocking The Draft analyst Dan Kadar liked the pick, writing that "A player like Odighizuwa is the perfect scheme fit for the Giants. He's a traditional 4-3 end with the power to hold the edge against the run, and enough quickness and speed to get into the backfield."
Voters in the SB Nation poll like the pick as well, with 44 percent giving it a 'B' grade and 36 percent giving it an 'A.'
As further explanation, I wanted the best defensive player on the board who fit the way I believe the Giants will play, and I thought Odighizuwa was that guy.
Your thoughts' Giants fans.