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BBV Staff mock draft 2.0: Same rationale, different player for Giants at 10

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Chris, Kunal, Alex and Stephen rotate picks through a first round mock.

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In the second iteration of the Big Blue View staff mock draft, we predict what guys go to what teams and where, but more importantly, we give our consensus pick on who the New York Giants should take with the 10th overall pick in next month's NFL Draft. Last time around, we begrudgingly selected Jaylon Smith, the Notre Dame linebacker who has since been taken off many boards entirely after it was revealed that the extent of his knee injury may keep him out for his entire rookie year or longer. A talented but intrinsically fragile young player sure sounds like a Giants draft pick to me, but we changed it up this time anyway.

1. Tennessee Titans (Chris) - Laremy Tunsil (OT, Ole Miss)

I'm going to start out in the box. Tunsil is one of the "Blue Chip" prospects in this draft, and the Titans absolutely need to continue to upgrade their offensive line. Rookie tackles generally struggle, but this pick is about protecting their franchise quarterback long-term.

2. Cleveland Browns (Kunal) - Carson Wentz (QB, North Dakota St.)

I think Jared Goff is the better QB but I heard his interview did not go well with the Browns. Wentz has a cannon for an arm and is unfazed by pressure. A QB on a rookie contract seems like exactly the type of thing a Moneyball Cleveland Browns front office might do.

3. San Diego Chargers (Alex) - Joey Bosa (DE, Ohio State)

The Chargers don't really have much of an identity on defense. This fixes that. They need something to build around after a string of so-so first-rounders. They need a legit superstar, and while many debate and micro-analyze the unimportant aspects of his game, I think he can be that guy.

4. Dallas Cowboys (Stephen) - Jalen Ramsey (CB/S, Florida State)

Cowboys fans might be clamoring for a quarterback or pass rusher, but with Bosa and Wentz both off the board, Dallas takes the best player available from the board. And Ramsey is not too shabby of a selection either. Whether he plays cornerback or safety in the NFL, Ramsey is the clear top defensive back in this class and will give the Cowboys a stud to build around on defense.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (Chris) - Myles Jack (LB, UCLA)

The Jaguars will essentially be getting a pair of top five picks this year as they get Dante Fowler back from injury. Along with the signings of Malik Jackson and Prince Amukamara, they have upgraded the front and back ends of their defense. Jack will upgrade the middle and help keep the ball in quarterbacks' hands while Fowler and Jackson do their work.

6. Baltimore Ravens (Kunal) - DeForest Buckner (DE, Oregon)

Buckner might just be the best defensive player in this draft if he can realize his talent and convert all that potential into production. He would join a line that includes Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan and adds some interior pass rush potential to Baltimore's front.

7. San Francisco 49ers (Alex) - Ezekiel Elliott (RB, Ohio State)

I rate Vernon Hargreaves much higher here, and would jump at the chance to take him, but he doesn't seem like Chip Kelly's type of guy, so I'm going offense and taking someone who could fill a multitude of roles in Kelly's system. Carlos Hyde was good, but he's nowhere near as dynamic as Elliott, who would add a big-play threat on every down.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (Stephen) - Ronnie Stanley (OT, Notre Dame)

The Eagles can use another pass protector opposite Lane Johnson, and Stanley fits the bill. Sam Bradford, who's slated to be the starting quarterback once again, is injury-riddled, so another elite offensive lineman prospect could help keep him upright. Stanley is the second-best tackle in this class behind Tunsil, so this is a solid value pick for Philadelphia.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Chris) - Vernon Hargreaves III (CB, Florida)

There will likely be concerns about whether Hargreaves' size, or lack thereof, will impact him at the next level. I share them to an extent, but the Buccaneers have a need at DB, period. Brent Grimes isn't getting any younger, Alterraun Verner was disappointing in 2015, and Josh Robinson is on a one-year deal. At safety, the Bucs signed Chris Conte, but he is as sharp a double-edged sword as there is in the NFL. Hargreaves is the top cover corner coming out, and I think he could successfully transition to free safety if his size limits him.

10. New York Giants (Consensus) - Darron Lee (LB, Ohio State)

On the surface, this appears to be an unusual pick for the Giants. They simply don't select linebackers this high. They also don't usually fire Super Bowl winning head coaches and hand out record-high contracts either, but that's just how this offseason has gone.

Darron Lee is a strong blitzer and excellent run defender and has above-average coverage skills. Why again wouldn't the Giants take him in the first round? He's a clear-cut first-round player who is both the best player available and fills a positional need. Whatever way you want to cook the numbers, this would be a great pick for a team looking to overhaul the defense.

If you set aside the politics of the pick for a minute, we can look at Lee as a player. This is the kind of guy who could develop into a real leader of the defense. Think about Luke Kuechly, Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis. The Giants haven't had a guy like that since Antonio Pierce, and even then, he was a free-agent signing. Lee could be a central cog of this team and kick the Ben McAdoo era off with a bang.

Other players considered: Shaq Lawson, Laquon Treadwell, Leonard Floyd, Jack Conklin, Kevin Dodd, Sheldon Rankins, Mackensie Alexander.

11. Chicago Bears (Kunal) - Mackensie Alexander (CB, Clemson)

Chicago spent quite a bit of time upgrading their front seven on defense this offseason. Adding the supremely confident Alexander to the backfield opposite Fuller should really add to what Chicago wants to do. They want pure cover corners and need some talent for pure man corners to allow their pressure to hit home. That's exactly what Alexander brings to the table.

12. New Orleans Saints (Alex) - Shaq Lawson (DE, Clemson)

The Saints had one of the worst defenses in the league last year. Rob Ryan paid the price for that and was sent packing, but in fairness to the much-maligned coordinator, he didn't have much to work with in the beginning. With Shaq Lawson, the Saints would have a fighting chance against a division full of superstar quarterbacks.

13. Miami Dolphins (Stephen) - Eli Apple (CB, Ohio State)

The top need for the Dolphins entering the draft is a cornerback, especially after the team released Brent Grimes. Apple is a long, rangy corner with solid technique that can step in and start on Day 1. He has all the tools to be a shutdown corner in the NFL, something the Dolphins haven't had since Vontae Davis played in Miami.

14. Oakland Raiders (Chris) - Reggie Ragland (ILB, Alabama)

The Raiders added Sean Smith and Bruce Irvin to juice up their pass defense, so now it's time to add a middle linebacker to tie the defense together. Ragland has the instincts and enough athleticism to play pass coverage and the size to thump in the run game. His experience in Alabama's defense should serve him well in Oakland's multiple defenses.

15. Los Angeles Rams (Kunal) - Jared Goff (QB, Cal)

There's no way Jared Goff makes it here. If he does, expect the Rams (who are starting Case Keenum, by the way) to pounce. He's the best quarterback in this year's draft, as he's got intelligence, awareness, a strong enough arm, and can make all the NFL throws with superior accuracy. Small hands and a slight frame may ding him a little, but he's a good one.

16. Detroit Lions (Alex) - Jack Conklin (OT, Michigan State)

The Lions pay Matthew Stafford a lot -- a lot! In order to win, they need to keep him upright, and that's the mindset for taking Jack Conklin here. It's a very unglamorous pick but it's what Detroit needs to stay afloat in a division full of high-scoring offenses and punishing defenses. Maybe they can trade back here if someone wants to grab a pass-rusher before Atlanta and Indianapolis pick, but in all likelihood, they should just play it safe and take Conklin.

17. Atlanta Falcons (Stephen) - Leonard Floyd (OLB, Georgia)

The Falcons finished at the bottom of the NFL in sacks and have dire needs at linebacker, so Floyd fills both roles for Atlanta. Pairing him with Vic Beasley gives the Falcons the start of a formidable pass rush. Floyd had just 4.5 sacks last season at Georgia, but the numbers don't fully indicate the amount of time he spent terrorizing quarterbacks and getting in the backfield. He has gained weight during the draft process while somehow maintaining his speed off the edge. Floyd has the physical tools and the mental makeup to be a top-tier pass rusher, and it's just what the Falcons need.

18. Indianapolis Colts (Chris) - Cody Whitehair (OL, Kansas State)

When your franchise quarterback has his season ended by a lacerated kidney, odds are you need to protect him better. The Colts have passed on offensive linemen in favor of skill position players for far too long and paid the price last season. Whitehair looks like a guard at the next level, but the K-State offensive lineman can probably start at any position on the offensive line. The Colts will be able to plug him in where ever he will play best, and Luck will thank them for it.

19. Buffalo Bills (Kunal) - Kevin Dodd (DE, Clemson)

Length, upside, and bend. Dodd is a prototype edge defender and he's got the size and tenacity that Rex Ryan wants. He'll replace Mario Williams and do a tremendous job in bringing back that vicious Buffalo pass rush. There are concerns that he's a bit older and not as athletic, but you put on that tape and he's consistently quick off the snap and has incredible bend. His technique is also pretty good, so the jump won't have to be as great for him as it might be for others.

20. New York Jets (Alex) - Noah Spence (OLB, Eastern Kentucky)

The Jets have the necessary guys up front to create space, but they don't have the guys to get through to the quarterback. Noah Spence fills that need and gives them a fighting chance in a division that faces Tom Brady twice a year. He should convert to rushing the passer from a running start nicely with his experience at both defensive end and linebacker for Ohio State. There are some off-field concerns, but the reward is too good to pass up here.

21. Washington (Stephen) - Andrew Billings (DT, Baylor)

After letting go of Terrance Knighton, the Redskins need a big body who can step in and cause disruption the moment the ball is snapped. That's exactly what Billings can do. He already has NFL size and the elite power needed to dominate single blockers at the point of attack. The Redskins have a need in the secondary, but I don't think the value here would be good to select a safety. Billings is an absolute run stuffer and improving pass rusher with significant closing speed. I would not be surprised if he carves out a career similar to Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe.

22. Houston Texans (Chris) - Ryan Kelly (C, Alabama)

The Texans lost starting center Ben Jones to the Tennessee Titans, so now they replace him with the top center in the draft. Bill O'Brien might want to get another weapon like Josh Doctson or Corey Coleman to pair with DeAnthony Hopkins for Brock Osweiler, but getting a rock and leader for their offensive line takes precedence.

23. Minnesota Vikings (Kunal) - Laquon Treadwell (WR, Ole Miss)

The best WR in the draft should not fall all the way to 23. If he does, it's kind of easy to see why the Vikings might pounce. After ridding themselves of Mike Wallace, the Vikings' best WR is Stefon Diggs. Yeah. Not good enough, and you can be certain that a WR will be high on their wish list. Treadwell does everything right. He blocks, he catches, he runs very good routes, and can high point the ball. He doesn't have the explosion of a Julio Jones or Odell Beckham, so many call him a high-end possession receiver. Now, I ask, when did that become such a bad thing?

24. Cincinnati Bengals (Alex) - Sheldon Rankins (DT, Louisville)

The Bengals don't have many holes on their roster. In fact, it's hard to find a single area on their team where they have a genuine need. At worst, there are spots with average talent, so let's go there. Sheldon Rankins could be an upgrade at defensive tackle to give Geno Atkins a real partner to block the middle with.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers (Stephen) - William Jackson III (CB, Houston)

Jackson continues to rise up draft boards and according to a few reports, he's garnering looks at the end of the first round. The Steelers need more quality depth at the cornerback spot, and Jackson may be the best bet of the cornerbacks not yet selected. He's tall, long and a dominant athlete. He was one of the standouts at the NFL Scouting Combine this year. He has good, but not great technique, yet I think his athleticism and the right type of coaching can unlock his full potential, which is as good as any cornerback in this class.

26. Seattle Seahawks (Chris) - Jason Spriggs (OT, Indiana)

The Seahawks have lost a lot, maybe too much over the last two offseasons. Losing Bruce Irvin and Marshawn Lynch will hurt, but having their once stout offensive line disintegrate might hurt the most. Spriggs is a bit of a developmental tackle, but he is athletic, long-armed, and has a mauler's mentality. Their offensive line might be cobbled together now, but Spriggs has the upside to he a good starter in the League.

27. Green Bay Packers (Kunal) - Taylor Decker (OT, Ohio State)

With the addition of Decker, Green Bay and kick away the ineffectual David Bakhtiari and provide more of a powerful blocker in the run game at left tackle. Decker can also probably play at guard and gives Green Bay a rock solid offensive line.

28. Kansas City Chiefs (Alex) - Corey Coleman (WR, Baylor)

Alex Smith is a better quarterback when he has a little freedom to do more than just check it down. Don't get me wrong, his value is still in the short game, but open it up a little. Corey Coleman does that and would combine with Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce to form the best trio of receivers Smith has had in his career.

29. Arizona Cardinals (Stephen) - Jonathan Bullard (DT, Florida)

After adding Chandler Jones in a trade, the Cardinals will continue to add to their pass rush by adding Bullard at the end of the first round. Bullard is better as a run stuffer, but has good size and is versatile enough to play inside or outside on the edge, and can develop his pass rushing technique to add to the Cardinals' improving defensive line.

30. Carolina Panthers (Chris) - Emmanuel Ogbah (DE, Oklahoma State)

The Panthers would probably like to add an offensive tackle or safety here, but there isn't really one here who offers great value. If it weren't for Von Miller, Kony Ealy probably would have won the Super Bowl MVP, and the Panthers use this pick to reinforce a strength and add another powerful defensive end to one of the stoutest front sevens in the NFL.

31. Denver Broncos (Kunal) - Paxton Lynch (QB, Memphis)

The Denver Broncos use the last pick in the first round to replace Brock Osweiler with...well, a Brock Osweiler clone. That might be a bit harsh, Lynch is definitely a more dynamic prospect. He's got similar strengths, but he just doesn't look like a giraffe when trying to scramble like Osweiler does. In any case, the Broncos have a burning hole at the QB position and John Elway certainly has a thing for big bodied, tall, field general pocket passers.