Here we sit, combine complete, pro days around the corner and a little more than a month from the draft. What's usually the off–season for casual fans and a period of meticulous waffling on draft prospects for the rest of us seems overtaken to some degree by the labor uncertainty.
With coverage of the negotiations locking up airspace and web links that used to go to mock drafts and scouting reports, we thought it was time to turn the focus back to where it should be: trying in vain to figure out who the New York Giants first–round pick will be.
So, let's take a first look at the pre–pro day mocks. See if we see any names on here that we can start hitching our bandwagons to:
Colorado OT Nate Solder: ESPN's Mel Kiper and CBS' Rob Rang both have the Giants taking the former Tight End. With an aging and injured group of offensive lineman, it would be hard to blame the Giants for grabbing an offensive tackle. Pop quiz: name a Giants offensive lineman that DIDN'T get hurt last year.
Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo: The boys over at PFT, Walter Football and NFP both have the Giants taking a tackle…see a theme here? Florio at PFT points out the Giants assistant offensive line coach was at Boston College when Castonzo got there. This year's offensive tackle class seems to underwhelm the scouts and the Giants may be able to get the second or third tackle off the board at 19. Whether they like Solder, Castonzo or someone else is anyone's guess. Throw in Bleacher Report on the Castonzo bandwagon.
Illinois ILB Martez Wilson: Wilson isn't even on any of the other first–round mocks, but CBS' Chad Reuter has the Giants going for him. Many might think this one is out of left field but then again many of us thought the same thing when Jason Pierre–Paul was selected last year. Did Jonathon Goff earn the job last year? Probably not, but I'd find it hard for the Giants to pass on a good offensive or defensive lineman for a guy like Wilson.
It's honestly kind of surprising to flip through seven mock drafts and see only three names, but it seems like everyone is convinced the Giants are honing in on the offensive linemen. The picture might get a bit clearer as pro days and workouts send guys shooting up and down draft boards, but in reality we'll be guessing up until the Giants are on the clock. Even if we got inside Jerry Reese's head and figured out who he liked best of the guys we'll mention between now and April 28th, you never know what happens if a top end defensive lineman or cornerback falls in his lap.
Until then, we'll debate Castanzo vs. Solder. Have at it, boys.Anthony Castonzo, Bleacher Report, Boston College, CBS, Chad Reuter, Football, Nate Solder, New York, New York Giants, NFL
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