At this point in early February, I am not trying to be right about who the Giants will pick, or even should pick. I am presenting scenarios and trying to create discussion about a variety of players. There could be tremendous variance in each week’s mock as we go forward.
Round 1 (No. 25) — O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida
Last week’s pick in this spot, Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers, went No. 24 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. I wasn’t going to pick him, anyway. Partly because of the desire to present scenarios. Partly also because of his less than desirable 29¼-inch arms.
Torrence is the highest-rated interior offensive lineman on the board here. I think that when you consider closing the “talent gap” with teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, you can make an argument that should start for the Giants on the offensive and defensive lines. Without an obvious wide receiver choice here, that is what I have done.
Torrence is a 6-foot-5, 347-pound mountain of a young man. He played right guard at Florida. I would want to move him to left guard with the Giants.
Torrence is a dominant run blocker and a guy who can anchor in pass protection. From what I have seen he is sometimes beaten in pass protection by quickness when he has to move laterally, but there is a lot to work with here.
Players passed on: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida; Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson; Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee; Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee: Matthew Bergeron, OL, Syracuse
Round 2 (No. 57) — Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
There is more than one way to add pass-catching weapons for Daniel Jones. Kincaid is the highest-rated player on the NFL Mock Draft Database consensus big board, and considered the “premier move tight end in a loaded draft class.” He could be a terrific complement to Daniel Bellinger, and open up options for the Giants in the passing game.
Bleacher Report says of Kincaid that “as a pass-catcher, he has almost everything you could ask for.”
I would certainly sign up for that.
This high point up the seam by Dalton Kincaid is filled techniques worth noting.— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) January 28, 2023
Especially at the catch point… pic.twitter.com/6paxqQ6LoQ
Players passed on: Henry To’oto’o, LB, Alabama; Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama; Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse; Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
Round 3 (No. 89) — A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest
This is a reach if you go by the big board, where Perry was ranked No. 139. That board, though, does not yet reflect that Perry was one of the most impressive receivers during the week of Shrine Bowl practices and will likely rise in draft rankings.
Perry measured 6-foot-3⅜, 195 pounds with 33¾-inch arms and a monstrous 82⅝-inch wing span. A player like this would diversity the Giants’ receiving corps and be a nice target for Daniel Jones.
Here are a couple of Shrine Bowl practice week highlights:
Players passed on: Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee; Tank Dell, WR, Houston; Jaquelin Roy, DL, LSU; Khy Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford
Round 3 (No. 100) — Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
I thought hard about selecting TCU center Steve Avila here. I think it would be a good move by the Giants to select someone in this draft they believe had the upside to become a starting center. I also thought about running back — something we may have to think more about if the Giants and Saquon Barkley don’t come to terms.
In the end, I had to get defensive coordinator Wink Martindale (who is still with the giants as of now) a cornerback with the length he craves.
Brents measured 6-foot-3, 202 pounds at the Senior Bowl with 33¾-inch arms and a wing span of 82⅞ inches, the biggest wing span of any cornerback there by more than three full inches.
Here are a couple of Senior Bowl practice highlights:
Julius Brents was all over this route. He essentially runs it for the WR pic.twitter.com/1iDo7lJSN3— Billy M (@BillyM_91) February 1, 2023
Players passed on: Jaquelin Roy, DL, LSU; Steve Avila, C-G, TCU; Deuce Vaughn, RB, Kansas State; Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse