Earlier Friday we looked at Todd McShay's most recent mock draft, and we panned McShay for selecting Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee while leaving linebackers Myles Jack and Leonard Floyd on the board. Now, let's look at a head-to-head three-round mock from McShay and fellow ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper.
How did this one turn out for the Giants? Let's summarize.
Round 1 (10th) -- Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (McShay)
If I'm running this team, I'm taking Elliott here, bigger needs on the defense be damned. He's one of the 10 best players in this draft, and will be an every-down back from the get-go.
Kiper crushed McShay for this pick, saying "There you go, going with a running back too early." Kiper then took Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd at No. 11 for the Chicago Bears.
Valentine's View: I'm going to crush McShay here, too. The top three offensive tackles (Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley, Jack Conklin) are gone. But, with Floyd, cornerbacks Vernon Hargreaves and William Jackson, and even defensive end Shaq Lawson and linebacker Darron Lee still available the pick here can't be a running back. I don't care how good anyone thinks he is. The Giants already have five capable ones. They don't have enough impact defensive players.
Round 2 (40th) -- Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State (McShay)
The Giants need to continue to stockpile pass-rushers, and Correa had 19 sacks and five forced fumbles in his final two seasons at Boise State.
Valentine's View: Sorry, but I'm going to crush McShay again. Right idea, wrong player. Scouting reports show that Correa is a 'tweener likely to be a 3-4 outside linebacker. Sitting right there still on the board is the prototypical Giants' defensive end, Emmanuel Ogbah of Oklahoma State. In this Kiper-McShay mock, he goes three picks later to the Tennessee Titans. In my view, he should have been the pick here at 40 for the Giants. I could have also accepted LSU linebacker Deion Jones, Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence (Chris's man-crush), cornerback Mackensie Alexander and a number of other players selected later in Round 2 who would have made more sense for the Giants.
Round 3 (71st) -- Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn (Kiper)
Coleman offers needed depth at tackle, and could compete to start (most likely on the right side) right away.
Valentine's View: Finally, a pick that makes sense for the Giants. It took three rounds to actually address a need with a player who might fill one. I don't know if Coleman is a guy who will be ready to start in the NFL immediately, but he is projected as a starting right tackle in the league eventually. Interestingly, NFL.com compares him to Ereck Flowers.