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2016 NFL Draft: Unique choices for New York Giants using PFF top 100 board

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Pro Football Focus is out with its top 100 draft prospects Big Board, and if we follow it we end up in a different place for the Giants. Let's play along.

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Ronnie Stanley

When it comes to the NFL draft, no two evaluators see any prospect exactly the same way. Sometimes those discrepancies are small, and sometimes they can be vast. That is one reason we offer you a consensus Big Board, version 2.0 of which will be coming to you soon.

It is also why it might be instructive to spend some time discussing the options for the New York Giants if they were to draft strictly off the newly-released Pro Football Focus top 100 Big Board. We know that PFF often views players differently than other evaluators, but to say this Big Board is "different," might be an understatement. One quick example: Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee, increasingly mocked to the Giants at No. 10, is ranked No. 88 on PFF's prospects list.

Not saying PFF is right. Or wrong. Just saying "wow," that's different.

Anyway, let's look at the choices the Giants might have in the first three rounds using PFF's rankings. For this exercise, I will offer names of only players who are ranked at the Giants pick or lower. In Round 1, for example, we will proceed as though the top nine players are not available. I will choose a handful of players from roughly the 15 spots below the Giants' pick, so for Round 1 from players ranked 10-25.

Also, please check out the recent choices in our up-to-date mock draft database.

Round 1 (No. 10)

PFF options:

No. 10 -- Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor; No. 11 -- Josh Doctson, WR, TCU; No. 12 -- Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson; No. 14 -- Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State; No. 15 -- Ronnie Stanley, OT Notre Dame; No. 19 -- Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida; No. 20 -- Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia.

That is seven players ranked between 10 and 20 by PFF. Surprisingly, Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is the No. 4 overall wide receiver on PFF's board, ranked No. 25 overall.

Check the rest of PFF's board if you want, but keep your choice to the players I have listed.

My choice: This is strictly what I would do and not what I think the Giants will do. I continue to believe the most likely course of action for the Giants is the best front seven defensive player. Until they solve the right tackle issue, however, tackle has to be in play early in the draft. I'm taking Ronnie Stanley here to bookend the offensive line.

Round 2 (No. 40)

PFF options:

No. 40 -- Su'a Cravens, S/LB, USC; No. 41 -- Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona; No. 43 -- Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State; No. 44 -- Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia; No. 45 -- A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama; No. 50 -- Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA; No. 52 -- Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama; No. 54 -- Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame; No. 55 -- Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana.

Really strange to find A'Shawn Robinson, No. 17 on the CBS Big Board and sometimes mocked to the Giants at 10, all the way down at No. 50. Who would you choose?

My choice: Again, this is what I would do, and I also make this choice with the knowledge of the players I will get to choose from in the third round. That, of course, is a luxury real general managers don't have in the real draft. Anyway, I'm rolling the dice on an offensive weapon here and choosing Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller. Yep, two players from the Fighting Irish. Also two offensive picks. I have to be honest. I did not expect that when I started this, nor do I expect the Giants to actually do this.

Round 3 (No. 71)

PFF options:

No. 71 -- Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas; No. 76 -- Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson; No. 81 -- Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State; No. 82 -- Spencer Drango, OG, Baylor; No. 84 -- Darian Thompson, S, Boise State; No. 88 -- Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State.

This is where the PFF Big Board really gets my attention, with Kevin Dodd, Taylor Decker, and Darron Lee available here. All three are considered possible first-round picks. The availability of Darian Thompson is also interesting here. Who would you choose?

My choice: A no-brainer for me, and I have to admit I knew all along when I started this that it was the choice I would make here. Without any doubt that impacted the first two rounds. My choice is Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee. If you are the Giants and you can get Lee here, how do you not do that?

So, my draft looks like this:

Round 1 (10) Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Round 2 (40) -- Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

Round 3 (71) -- Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Put your three choices -- making sure you use the choices offered -- in the comments and discuss.