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2016 NFL mock draft roundup: Myles Jack, Shaq Lawson, Vernon Hargreaves to Giants

With the playoffs advancing the draft order is becoming more clear, and the draft process is getting under way in earnest. How do the Giants fare this week?

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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

The divisional round of the 2016 NFL playoffs is in the books, and four more teams know where they will be drafting. That means that it's time for a new round of mock drafts to brighten up your Monday.

Today we're bringing you not one, but two multi-round mocks, so there should be plenty to discuss.

Mocking The Draft

Round 1 - Myles Jack (LB, UCLA)

This is a call back to last week's mock draft. Jack is just too good of a talent to let fall out of the top 10 picks.

Round 2 - Kevin Dodd (DE, Clemson)

Raptor's Thoughts - If the first two rounds of the draft worked out like this, I think I'd be doing cartwheels before Friday night was over. Myles Jack is probably my "Number 1" target for the Giants in the draft. He is a truly elite athlete with special instincts in coverage. He would help the Giants at just about every level, and with Landon Collins back there as well, the middle of the field suddenly would become a much scarier place for opposing offenses.

Dodd is the "other" defensive end at Clemson who still finished with 12 sacks last year. He is a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive end (both listed) is long, powerful, and quick. A bit of a surprise declaration, Dodd's long arms, quick and powerful hands, and ability to play with both power and speed could find him climbing boards as the process unfolds.

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10. New York Giants - Shaq Lawson (DE, Clemson)

Rob RangEli Manning and the offense gets most of the attention, but the Super Bowl runs with Tom Coughlin as coach came when the Giants boasted a dominant pass rush. That hasn't been the case in 2015, with the Giants registering just 23 sacks in 2015, 30th in the NFL. Sporting an NFL-ready build, burst, power and a high-revving motor, Lawson could offer the boost the Giants need.

Dane Brugler - The Giants have an obvious hole at defensive end, which showed in the stat sheet, ranking 30th in the NFL in sacks this season. Lawson is an efficient pass rusher with the power, quickness and ball awareness that allows him to be successful.

Raptor's Thoughts -- Honestly, I think I would be much happier with the MTD draft for the Giants. Right now, Dodd in the second round seems like a better value than Lawson in the first. I can't say that I would be upset with Lawson right now -- there is still a lot of offseason and draft season to go -- but I can't say I would be overly excited, either.

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10. New York Giants: Myles Jack (LB, UCLA) - For years, the Giants have needed a play-making linebacker. Jack is a raw talent and freak athlete who is too good to pass up.

Jack notched 15 tackles, one interception and a pass broken up in his shortened 2015 season. He also had two carries for seven yards and a touchdown on offense. The junior suffered a knee injury in practice that ended his year early. He withdrew from UCLA early to prepare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

As a sophomore, Jack racked up 87 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble. While only a freshman starter in 2013, Jack became a superstar who was named the Pac-12's Offensive AND Defensive Freshman of the Year. On the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 75 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two interceptions. His pass-coverage skills for a freshman were outstanding. Jack ran for 267 yards on 38 carries (7.0 average) with seven touchdowns, too.

Jack's natural pass-coverage skills are extremely impressive. NFL evaluators are going to love what he can do in the passing game. Don't be surprised if the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder improves annually with his huge upside.


Round 1) Vernon Hargreaves (CB, Florida)

The Giants might be saying goodbye to Prince Amukamara this offseason. He's a free agent, and New York may deem him too injury-prone to re-sign. If so, the Giants could consider Vernon Hargreaves as a potential replacement. Hargreaves' stock has slipped a bit in the wake of a poor finish, but he's one of the top prospects on the board.

Round 2) Shaq Lawson (DE, Clemson)

Whether it was Michael Strahan, or Osi Umenyiora, or Justin Tuck, or a two-handed Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants always had a terrific pass rush. That's not the case anymore, as the Giants are in the bottom five in terms of sacks.

Round 3) Kenneth Dixon (RB, Louisiana Tech)

Tom Coughlin figured out that going with a rotation of Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen worked best, but it was already too late. It's hard to count on Jennings for the long term, however, so here's a potential running back of the future.

Round 4) Nate Andrews (S, Florida State)

The Giants' pass defense has been atrocious this season. Their safety play has been horrific. This position could be addressed even earlier.

Raptor's Thoughts -- I've already made my thoughts clear on Myles Jack. Depending on how the Giants' offseason goes, Hargreaves is a very interesting pick in the first round. He is a great cover corner who has a knack for either breaking up the pass or coming down with the pick and doesn't shy away from contact in run support either. In a perfect world, you don't want to lose a player like Prince Amukamara, but if the Giants decide that he has become too injury prone -- which is a separate conversation -- then Hargreaves is a great replacement.

I would honestly be thrilled with Lawson in the second round. If he falls, I doubt it's that far, but if he proves to not be a "twitchy" an athlete, he could be leapfrogged by other edge rushers.

As much help as the defense needs, the offense could use some playmakers as well. I'm not sure Kenneth Dixon is the guy for that, but he is a guy who coaches will fall in love with. Not a tremendous athlete, but he has balance, vision, good hands, and is already a reliable pass protector.

Nate Andrews would be a solid selection in the fourth round. He is a fairly well-rounded safety at 5-11, 206, with a fearless style of play and a reputation as a very high IQ leader, with solid production as a tackler, blitzer, interceptions, and forcing fumbles. However, he is not a great athlete, and that will hurt him at the next level. Andrews would likely be a good nickel option, but the Giants should already have addressed their starting free safety position.