We usually cover mock drafts on Monday. However, when one of the "heavy hitters" releases a mock, we make an exception. Former scout and current NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his second mock draft Wednesday morning, giving one of the most talented edge rushers in the draft to the Giants.
10. New York Giants
Noah Spence (EDGE, Eastern Kentucky)
Spence comes with some baggage, but he's a very gifted edge rusher and he would provide a much-needed lift to the Giants' defensive front.
Raptor's Thoughts: Assuming he is clean -- that is, he has proven that he has recovered from the drug issues that got him banned from the Big 10, and is a reliable person -- I absolutely love this pick for the Giants. In Jeremiah's "Moving the Sticks" podcast, he praises Spence as one of the rare pass rushers who "gets it." He has a natural understanding of blocking techniques and angles and puts that together with an impressive first step, power, quickness, and ability to bend the edge.
Spence had instant success at Ohio State, dominated his competition at Eastern Kentucky, and was one of the stars of Senior Bowl week, dominating every drill and proving unblockable by for the offensive linemen in attendance. His arms could be a bit longer, but his first step and ability to rush from just about any angle go a long way toward mitigating that limitation.
While he would be a bit undersized to be a classic defensive end in the Giants' scheme, he is very similar in size, build, and movement to Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders, and should be used in the same way. I've gone out on a limb regarding Spence, and I'll stay there until I see a reason to come in: Spence has the ability to be the top edge rusher in this draft, and a player of Khalil Mack or Von Miller's caliber. To get that at 10th overall is a steal.
Assuming he's clean.