With only one more Sunday between now and the 2018 NFL Draft now might not be the best time to throw a change-up in our weekly Giants-only mock drafts. But, for the sake of variety let’s do that, anyway.
I always use the ‘Fanspeak’ simulator for these mock drafts. There is, however, a less-known simulator out there. Walk The Mock does not offer the variety of big boards that Fanspeak does — only its own rankings. Still, let’s use it to run this week’s mock. The goal all along has been to present scenarios, so let’s present one using a different simulator. It might leave us with some different choices, which brings about the opportunity to discuss different players.
Round 1 (No. 2) — Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
The Cleveland Browns took Sam Darnold No. 1. I have to admit that I was sorely tempted to take Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. As I said recently, I think Allen is QB2 for the Giants. I’m just not ready to go there.
It’s Chubb over Saquon Barkley, though you keep hearing and reading how much the Giants like Barkley. I know this could go the other way.
Other players considered: Saquon Barkley, Josh Allen, Quenton Nelson
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Round 2 (No. 34) — Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
If three running backs go in Round 1, most analysts expect Michel to be the third one. This was really a choice between a hog molly and a play-maker, and I went with the play-maker. Dave Gettleman? He would probably go with the hog molly.
Other players considered: C James Daniels, RB Ronald Jones, G Isaiah Wynn, G Will Hernandez
Round 3 (No. 66) — Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
Not a chance I was passing on Crosby here. Too many evaluators I trust think too highly of Crosby, even if the media analysts aren’t on board with that.
Other players considered: DE Da’Shawn Hand, G Braden Smith, WR Anthony Miller, EDGE Duke Ejiofor, CB Donte Jackson
- Tyrell Crosby: Nasty on the field, a conscience off of it
- 2018 NFL Draft prospect profile: Tyrell Crosby (OT, Oregon)
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Round 3 (No. 69) — Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
I could have easily gone with Ragnow here and been happy. I’m intrigued by Miller, though, and there is a need for the Giants to add receiving options.
Other players considered: G Braden Smith, EDGE Duke Ejiofor, CB Donte Jackson, CB Anthony Averett, C Frank Ragnow
Round 4 — Shaquem Griffin, OLB, Central Florida
OK, so if you’ve been following these mocks I’m kind of predictable. Given the chance around this point in the draft, I always take Griffin. Why change now?
Round 5 — Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan
Switched from wide receiver to corner during his sophomore year. He’s an athletic, developmental corner with kick and punt return capability.