2010 New York Giants Mock Draft

The draft is a little over a month away. It’s time to start mocking. Of course, this is the first of many. And, to start you off, this is only the first three rounds.

When you look at the Giants needs, there are a couple things that stand out: Middle Linebacker, Offensive Line, Defensive Line. That’s the three big ones. You can say secondary depth, but that’s a later round thing. The Giants need a middle linebacker.  I think they should go after Kirk Morrison, costing them a third round pick. But, he’s not on the Giants yet, so that’s the biggest need.

The Giants need some offensive lineman. There’s a couple ways of going about doing this. You can get a mauling right tackle, move Will Beatty over to left tackle, and slide David Diehl to left guard. You can get a premier left tackle, move Diehl to guard, and Beatty to right tackle. You can also get a stud guard, move Betty to left tackle, and Diehl to right tackle.

The last one is defensive tackle. With Chris Canty a question mark, and Jay Alford coming off of surgery, the Giants need a run-stopping defensive tackle.

The Giants will try to address these needs within the first three picks. I’m a proponent of drafting best player available. But, with needs that can be filled through the draft, the Giants should take the best player available of those three positions. If the best player available in the first round is a running back, you take the best available linebacker or lineman, and decide which one is better.

So, with that said, here it is.

WITH THE 15th PICK IN THE 2010 NFL DRAFT, THE NEW YORK GIANTS SELECT….

BRYAN BULAGA, OT, IOWA

I watched a lot of Bulaga this season, and in every game, I was impressed. He’s a left tackle, but I think he will be a stud at right tackle, where I would pencil him in for the 2010 season. Mauling, but quick. Great pass blocker, and improving run blocker. His prospect profile is here.

If the Giants draft Bulaga, the offensive line is a strength again. Diehl moves inside to left guard. Think about that: Diehl is a Pro Bowl left tackle. You move him inside to left guard? He’s an All-Pro. Will Beatty is your left tackle. Beatty was impressive last year in limited duty, and I think, as he continues to add weight and muscle, he will be a stud. The Giants rarely isolate the left tackle, so Beatty won’t have to do it alone. Bulaga is your right tackle. It’s possible that Bulaga starts at left tackle, but I think, coming straight out of college, going right to left tackle is a mistake. He could be there in 2011, and Beatty at right tackle. Your line is pretty good. The comparison I’ve seen about Bulaga is Michael Oher, who had an outstanding season for the Ravens, playing at left and right tackle. If Bulaga can do that, watch out.

WITH THE 46TH PICK IN THE 2010 NFL DRAFT, THE NEW YORK GIANTS SELECT…

ARTHUR JONES, DT, SYRACUSE

With the horrible play of Canty and Bernard, and the departure of Fred Robbins, a defensive tackle is needed. You can argue for Dan Williams in the first round ,but he’s more of a 3-4 tackle. Enter Arthur Jones. His profile is here. He’s a better run defender than a pass rusher, but I think that’s okay. Jay Alford is your pass rushing tackle. You don’t need Jones to be that guy. You need him to stop the run.

I think Jones is an awfully talented player–someone who could play right away. He played on a bad Syracuse team, and still played well. Surrounded by talent, he could put up huge numbers. He’s a smart player. Some say he’s better suited to be a 3-4 defensive end. There’s validity to that, and that may scare the Giants off. Still, as a 4-3 defensive tackle, he’s a heck of a talent, and someone who will produce in Blue.

WITH THE 76th PICK IN THE 2010 NFL DRAFT, THE NEW YORK GIANTS SELECT…

MICAH JOHNSON, ILB, KENTUCKY

Micah Johnson is a prototypical middle linebacker. Athletic, good tackler. His profile is here. The dude has sideline-to-sideline ability, something Antonio Pierce didn’t have. He’s pretty good in pass coverage, but not exceptional. He’s a great tackler.

Some say he could go in the second round, but after hurting his knee in Kentucky’s bowl game, he may fall into the third round, which would be a boon for the Giants. He played in a 3-4 in college, but I think he’s verstaile enough to play in a 4-3.

One problem: I think he’s not a starter right away. I think he contributes right away, especially on special teams, but he won’t start. Outside of Rolando McClain, there isn’t a middle linebacker who can start right away. That’s why the Giants should go after Morrison. I do think Johnson is a potential starter, and a very good one at that. The Giants have to decide if they want to stick with Jon Goff, or go after a vet.

That’s the first three rounds of the Giants draft. The address all their needs, and get players who can play right away. All three were productive, and from big schools. I like the way it plays out. Your thoughts?


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7 Responses to “2010 New York Giants Mock Draft”

  1. Paulie K says:

    I’m not completely sold on Bryan Bulaga. He has a bad habit of getting out-leveraged. Those who watched the Iowa Michigan game saw Brandon Graham eat his lunch. Add to that his short arms and thyroid condition that caused him to miss three games in 2009, and you’re left with some question marks. I’m not saying he won’t turn out to be a Pro Bowl lineman; I’m saying there are some red flags to consider.

    But I’m particularly averse to selecting Arthur Jones in the second round. What the Giants don’t need is another underachiever on the defensive line, and his penchant for inconsistent play was legendary in Syracuse. He’s nothing more than a flash player with marginal football character. And, he was never one for training or film study and his production dropped off drastically last year. Several draft publications list him as a “major-league bust potential”.

    Micah Johnson in the third round is a little high for a guy most scouts think will be taken in the sixth or seventh round. And there’s a reason for that. He’s not instinctive, and that in itself is enough. If there’s one trait an inside linebacker must possess, it is instincts. Besides that, he’s not a thumper, not fast, lacks awareness, doesn’t play with a physical style, and he’s a liability in pass coverage. Why would the Giants want him when they have too many LBs with those traits already?

    I’m sorry but I don’t think you’ll see the Giants drafting according to our writer’s proposed plan. And the Morrison suggestion makes absolutely no sense at all. He’s been nothing more than a drag down tackler his entire career who’s not the intimidator the Giants need. If more of his team leading tackles were TFLs, you’d certainly want him on your team, but MLB requires a leader who strikes fear in the opponent’s hearts, and that’s not Morrison.

  2. Jack Douglas says:

    That offensive guard from Idaho would also be a good first round selection. He can play guard or tackle and comes in at around 300 pounds of mean, nasty muscle.

  3. Jon P says:

    The Giants don’t have an NFL caliber Line Backer…at least none that played any significant minutes last year. The Giants must look that way for 2 of their first three picks.

  4. Mike O'Carroll says:

    The year is 1965, the Giants, coming off of one of their worse years in team history need a middle linebacker, due to the trade of Sam Huff to the Washington Redskins…. Available in the draft, is Dick Butkus, the best linebacker in college football…. and the Giants pick as number one….. “Tucker Frederickson, Fullback….” The crowd went nuts!!!! “Tucker WHO?,” people cried.

    The Giants PR department spun it, that the Giants felt that Tucker could be “turned” into a linebacker!!!!! To this day, I still don’t understand that rationale…. Of course, Tucker went on to be one of the best fullbacks in Giants’ history, but the bottom line is, he never played linebacker….

    So, if the Jints don’t draft Rolando McClain (if he’s still available) at #1, it will be 1965 all over again….

    (as a postscript, a running back out of Kansas was also available for the Giants choosing if they had wished in 1965… His name was Gayle Sayers)….’nuff said.

  5. No way the Giants don’t go D with the first pick.
    A LB or S will be the pick of the G-Men.
    After the 2009 season, it is clear the Giants need to fix the defense.
    Rolle will help.
    So will this draft.
    D all the way.

    George Vreeland Hill

  6. pete says:

    If McClain is gone at 15, then I believe they take Sergio Kindle the kid from Texas. He’s not a mike but he’s pretty dam good and can get to the passer and run side line to side line. Him and Boley would be a nice twosome. I’m not ready to throw Canty and Bernard under the bus because our DC suxed. With a new DC I expect the Dline come up big this year. I’m also willing to go with Goff at DT. Once again a new DC will do wonders with this unit.

  7. Josh says:

    Please tell me this is a joke. Bulaga won’t make it past the top ten.