We've already brought you our weekly roundup of the post-playoff mock drafts.
However, when a former scout working for one of the major outlets releases a mock draft, it's worth paying special attention to. Today, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah released his first mock draft of 2016, and his selection for the New York Giants is sure to raise some -- or maybe all -- eyebrows.
10. New York Giants
Ezekiel Elliott (RB, Ohio State)
Todd Gurley proved to be a home-run pick for the Rams last spring, and I expect similar results for Elliott next season.
Raptor's Thoughts -- Now THIS is an interesting pick. The Giants have more running backs than they know what to do with ... And that logjam choked the life out of their running game.
But on the other hand, the Giants obviously need more playmakers on offense. Odell Beckham is a superstar and one of the three best receivers in the NFL. But while Dwayne Harris and Will Tye are nice secondary options, nobody else on the offense is going to scare defenses.
Elliott brings a fantastic blend of size (6-foot, 220 pounds) speed, balance, agility, hands, power, and vision, and could be the perfect "bell cow" back for the Giants' offense. While he could stand to be better in pass protection and a bit more consistent as a receiver, his game just doesn't have any weaknesses. He had 200+ yards in each of Ohio State's games in their run to the Championship in 2014. 220 yards against Wisconsin, 230 yards against Alabama, and 246 yards against Oregon.
It is also worth noting that the top front seven players were off the board. Joey Bosa, Myles Jack, Jaylon Smith, and DeForest Buckner were all selected before the Giants' pick.
Vernon Hargreaves and Mackensie Alexander went in the next two selections.
So Giants' fans, how would you feel about this pick?