After The Donovan McNabb trade, many of the cards have been shuffled with respect to the top of the draft. That said, I have rounded up a number of mock drafts in order to see who the blog sphere has landing in New York.
Walter Football: C.J. Spiller
General manager Jerry Reese is a big believer in taking the best player on his board. With rumors circling that several teams are thinking about trading up for C.J. Spiller, it’s clear that many believe that the Clemson product is a borderline top-10 talent. If Reese agrees with this notion, he will look into drafting Spiller if he sticks with his BPA strategy.
Some may be opposed to taking a running back in the top half of the NFL Draft, especially one who won’t be able to carry the ball 20-plus times per game. But Spiller is a dynamic weapon and a home-run threat. The Giants need an explosive player like him on offense, especially with Brandon Jacobs being injury-prone and Ahmad Bradshaw unable to assume Derrick Ward’s role as a reliable pass-catcher.
NFL.com (Charles Davis): Rolando McClain
He’s awfully skilled, will strike, and has the smarts and savvy to run an NFL defense. The Giants will be fortunate if he is still available at this pick.
CBS Sports (Pete Prisco): C.J. Spiller
Sports Illustrated (Don Banks): Sean Weatherspoon
With the coveted McClain gone, the Giants shift their focus to Weatherspoon to fill their need at inside linebacker. This is higher than we’ve had Weatherspoon going in previous mocks, but he can play both inside and outside linebacker. New York is not stretching to give him a mid-round grade.
Weatherspoon and McClain seem to be consensus picks for those who think The Giants will draft for need.
The only way I see The Giants landing McClain is if they trade up. I am convinced that he will not be there at 15.
The fact that Antonio Pierce was cut so quickly tells me that The Giants have a contingency plan in place for the middle linebacker position on the roster. There are no sure things in the draft, and I am sure Reese and company had not even begun to scratch the surface of their draft preparation when Pierce was cut.
Clearly they are okay with what they have to some extent.
This leads me to believe that they will indeed select C.J. Spiller should he be available at 15.
San Fransisco is a threat to select both Spiller and Haden, and I could see Big Blue jumping them and Seattle to land one of those 2 players. San Fransisco holds most of the cards in the Spiller/Haden Sweekstakes. Both The Niners and Seahawks have 2 first round picks, meaning that they dictate the top of the draft board.
We may see Jerry Reese’s first trade up in this draft to secure one of those two players.
All that said, I would love to see Weatherspoon in Blue as well.
Should be a great day for The Giants.
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