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2016 NFL Draft: Mock drafts show changing trend for New York Giants

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With the Giants paying so much attention to defense in free agency, mock drafts are turning toward an offensive choice at No. 10 for the Giants.

Ronnie Stanley
Ronnie Stanley
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NFL free agency has undeniably changed the perception among draft analysts as to what the New York Giants might do with the 10th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. With the Giants having spent more than $200 million in free agency, entirely on the defensive side of the ball, mock drafts are increasingly focusing on offense at No. 10.

Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley is now the player most often mocked to the Giants, having been selected in eight of the 39 mock drafts listed in our database. That is 20.5 percent. A week ago, before mock drafts had really begun to adjust for free agency, Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson was the pick in 14 of 34 mocks, or 41.2 percent.

Now, three of the four most-often selected players for the Giants come from the offensive side of the ball. Stanley eight selections) and Ohio State running Ezekiel Elliott (seven) top the list. Lawson and Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell were each selected six times in the 39 mocks listed.

Last week, 23 of the 34 selections (67.6 percent) were defensive players. This week, only 17 of 39 selections (43.5 percent) came from the defensive side of the ball.

Valentine's View

This trend is completely understandable. Every player the Giants have signed -- Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, Damon Harrison, Keenan Robinson, Jasper Brinkley -- has been on defense. Is it correct? Maybe. Maybe not.

I was asked a similar question in this weekend's Big Blue View mailbag. What I said there was that "I think they could do either. I don't believe that free agency has taken anything out of play when it comes to the draft."

Yes, the Giants have yet to add any pieces on offense. Yes, as currently constructed they have needs on the offensive line and at wide receiver. If you want to make an argument that Elliott should be the pick if he is available because he would be the best offensive player on the board, fine. Stanley makes sense because the Giants have been unable at this point to upgrade the right tackle spot. So does Jack Conklin of Michigan State A receiver makes sense because the Giants need an option opposite Odell Beckham Jr.

The Giants, though, still have plenty of room to add defensive help. Despite the work already done on defense, adding a pass rusher like Lawson or Leonard Floyd makes sense. The Giants are quite obviously taking a serious look at Floyd. Jason Pierre-Paul is on a one-year deal, and Olivier Vernon is the only other proven defensive end on the roster. Adding a defensive tackle to their rotation, especially one with some pass rush ability, also makes sense. The Giants still need a slot corner. How about Vernon Hargreaves of Florida?