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2016 NFL mock draft: Pre-Combine three-rounder from 'Invictus'

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Invictus breaks out a three-round mock draft. Who did the Giants pick?

Robert Nkemdiche
Robert Nkemdiche
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With the Super Bowl over and done with, draft season is fully underway. To celebrate, I've pumped out a three-round mock draft. If you see some funky picks, it's because, well, this looks a lot like what my big board has been up till now. Sure, some of it will change after the Combine and after I get a chance to watch more prospects but for now, this is the most accurate representation I can give you.

I've got explanations for the New York Giants picks below the draft. I think the defense should be a, ahem, priority for this team. What do you think?

Round 1

1) Tennessee (3-13) Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

2) Cleveland (3-13) Jared Goff, QB, Cal

3) San Diego (4-12) Joey Bosa, DE, OSU

4) Dallas (4-12) Jalen Ramsey, CB/FS, FSU

5) Jacksonville (5-11) Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

6) Baltimore (5-11) Noah Spence, OLB, EKU

7) San Francisco (5-11) Carson Wentz, QB, NDSU

8) Miami (6-10) DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

9) Tampa Bay (6-10) Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

10) New York Giants (6-10) Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

11) Chicago (6-10) A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

12) New Orleans (7-9) Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

13) Philadelphia (7-9) Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

14) Oakland (7-9) Ezekiel Elliot, RB, OSU

15) Los Angeles (7-9) Vernon Hargreaves II, CB, Florida

16) Detroit (7-9) Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

17) Atlanta (8-8) Jack Conklin, OT, MSU

18) Indianapolis (8-8) Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

19) Buffalo (8-8) Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame

20) New York Jets (10-6) Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

21) Washington* (9-7) Darron Lee, LB, OSU

22) Houston* (9-7) Taylor Decker, OT, OSU

23) Minnesota* (11-5) Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

24) Cincinnati* (12-4) Leonard Floyd, OLB, UGA

25) Pittsburgh* (10-6) Cody Whitehair, OG, KSU

26) Seattle* (10-6) Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

27) Green Bay* (10-6) Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

28) Kansas City* (11-5) Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

29) Arizona* (13-3) Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

30) Carolina* (15-1) Darian Thompson, FS, BSU

31) Denver* (12-4) Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Round 2

32) Cleveland (3-13) S'ua Cravens, S/LB, USC

33) Tennessee (3-13) Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Ok. St

34) Dallas (4-12) Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

35) San Diego (4-12) Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M

36) Baltimore (5-11) Kendall Fuller, CB, VTech

37) San Francisco (5-11) Jonathan Bullard, DT/DE, Florida

38) Jacksonville (5-11) Carl Nassib, DE, Penn St

39) Tampa Bay (6-10) Vernon Butler, DT, La Tech

40) New York Giants (6-10) Eli Apple, CB, OSU

41) Chicago (6-10) Braxton Miller, WR, OSU

42) Miami (6-10) Austin Johnson, DT, Penn St

43) Los Angeles (7-9) Hunter Henry, TE, Ark

44) Oakland (7-9) Adolphius Washington, DT, OSU

45) Los Angeles (7-9) Michael Thomas, WR, OSU

46) Detroit (7-9) Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt

47) New Orleans (7-9) Maliek Collins, DT/DE, Nebraska

48) Indianapolis (8-8) Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame

49) Buffalo (8-8) Sheldon Day, DE/DT, Notre Dame

50) Atlanta (8-8) Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Mizzou

51) New York Jets (10-6) Vadal Alexander, OG, LSU

52) Houston* (9-7) Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

53) Washington* (9-7) William Jackson III, CB, Houston

54) Minnesota* (11-5) Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

55) Cincinnati* (12-4) Jayron Kearse, SS, Clemson

56) Seattle* (10-6) Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

57) Green Bay* (10-6) Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

58) Pittsburgh* (10-6) Jalen Mills, CB/FS, LSU

59) Kansas City* (11-5) Joshua Perry, LB, OSU

60) New England* (12-4) Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas

61) Arizona* (13-3) Shilique Calhoun, OLB, MSU

62) Carolina* (15-1) Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

63) Denver* (12-4) Landon Turner, OG, UNC

Round 3

64) Tennessee (3-13) Vonn Bell, S, OSU

65) Cleveland (3-13) Pharoah Cooper, WR, SCAR

66) San Diego (4-12) Jeremy Cash, S, Duke

67) Dallas (4-12) Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

68) San Francisco (5-11) Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

69) Jacksonville (5-11) Karl Joseph, S, West Va

70) Baltimore (5-11) Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

71) New York Giants (6-10) Scooby Wright III, LB, Arizona

72) Chicago (6-10)Spencer Drango, OG, Baylor

73) Miami (6-10) De'Runnya Wilson, WR, Miss St

74) Tampa Bay (6-10) Kenneth Dixon, RB, La Tech

75) Oakland (7-9) Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah St

76) Los Angeles (7-9) Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYI

77) Philadelphia (7-9) Connor Cook, QB, MSU

78) New Orleans (7-9) Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford

79) Philadelphia (7-9) Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas

80) Buffalo (8-8) Aaron Burbridge, WR, MSU

81) Atlanta (8-8) Jihad Ward, DE/DT, Illinois

82) Indianapolis (8-8) Jordan Jenkins, OLB, UGA

83) New York Jets (10-6) Erik Striker, OLB, Oklahoma

84) Washington* (9-7) Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford

85) Houston* (9-7) Leonte Caroo, WR, Rutgers

86) Minnesota* (11-5) Paul McRoberts, WR, SEM St

87) Cincinnati* (12-4) Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas

88) Green Bay* (10-6) Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Temple

89) Pittsburgh* (10-6) Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama

90) Seattle* (10-6) Keyarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa

91) Kansas City* (11-5) Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota

92) New England* (12-4) Anthony Zettel, DE, Penn St

93) Arizona* (13-3) Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn St

94) Carolina* (15-1) Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

95) Denver* (12-4) Deon Bush, FS, Miami

Explaining The Giants Choices

Round 1 - Robert Nkemdiche, DL Ole Miss

I can hear it now: Nkemdiche had that arrest for marijuana, and that makes him a risky pick in the top 10. True enough. I'd counter with an argument that states that it might be risky to pass on him if he becomes available to the Giants at 10. They would have to do their digging, no doubt, but he enters the conversation (along with Jack, Bosa, Ramsey, and Tunsil) as the best prospect in the draft. He's a monstrous three technique that was incredibly more disruptive than his pedestrian numbers would suggest. His explosiveness and stack/shed ability remind me of Sheldon Richardson, except Nkemdiche has more length.

Watch his game against a pro-caliber line like Alabama and look at his potential. With a true, gap-shooting three technique that can play next to Big Hank, Nkemdiche is a perfect fit to help the Giants pass rush.

Round 2 - Eli Apple, CB OSU

At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Apple is just the right size for the Giants should he be selected. A true boundary corner, he can take over for Prince Amukamara should he leave in free agency. He's got smooth hips and is an excellent man cover corner that has the power and aggression to redirect opposing WRs.

Without question, Apple's biggest strengths lie in his physicality and his hands. He routinely won one-on-one matchups and was a very good jammer at the LOS. He's flagged a bit for pass interference, but at only 20 years of age, he's a player that can grow and flourish into a very good starting corner.

Round 3 - Scooby Wright III, LB Arizona

Wright is a big player with a lot of college production, who was injured this past year, has relatively average athleticism, and was not used in coverage very often. So why should he be the Giants' pick in thiis spot?

He's ferocious. Go watch any of his games. Is he too loose with his body control? Does he miss some plays? Yes. He also knows where the play is going before the ball is even snapped. He has tremendous short area burst. He is a wrap up tackler. He has a knack for just simply making plays. As an off-ball linebacker, he's a special blitzer. He understands angles. His injuries involved a meniscus and a foot sprain, both of which should heal completely.

His athleticism is average, his pass coverage is untested. But he's a firebrand general that knows everything that's going on in the game and again, just makes plays. In a base 4-3 that Spags runs, he's a starting caliber MIKE or SAM. If he falls to the third round, get him on the Giants.