ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. just released his first NFL mock draft of 2016. To the surprise of precisely nobody who paid any attention at all to the Giants in 2014 or 2015, he mocked one of the best defensive players in the entire draft to New York at 10th overall.
10. New York Giants
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
I'll hear for the 100th time that the Giants don't draft linebackers in the first round. I'll point out that this is a good year to consider it, not just because they've had far too many draft misses in recent years, but because Jack isn't your classic downhill run-stuffer -- the guy can flat-out cover, and he epitomizes what teams need at least one of in 2016. He's a special talent and should be on their board.
I love this pick for the Giants. Not only is Jack one of the top defensive talents in the draft, he gives the Giants something they desperately need on defense: SPEED! Jack was measured by scouts at 6-foot-1, 245 pounds during the 2015 season and could run in the low 4.5's, possibly even break into the 4.4's. For comparison, Carolina's Luke Kuechly is 6-3, 235 and ran a 4.58 40-yard dash.
One of the problems with Steve Spagnuolo's blitz schemes is that he flat out lacked players who had the athleticism to blitz effectively from the second level, or cover hot routes to keep the ball in quarterbacks' hands. Jack can do either. He wasn't a blitzing linebacker for UCLA, but there is no reason why he can't become one. He also has very good instincts and awareness to go with elite athleticism in coverage. Jack would help every facet of the Giants' defense.
Finally, his knee injury is a non-factor. It will be fully healed by draft day, and "good as new."