It will be critical for each and every squad to obtain as many blue chip players as possible who are ready to contribute whenever they are asked to eventually take the field when the lockout is indeed lifted.
The New York Giants have been connected with a number of players with the #19 overall pick, but none more than Anthony Costonzo, Mike Pouncey, and Akeem Ayers. There are a number of sleeper players such as Muhammad Wilkerson, Mark Ingram, Corey Liuget, and Aldon Smith who have been mentioned as possibilities for the Giants as well.
The debate currently raging among Giants fans seems to be about whether linebacker or offensive line is the bigger need.
The fact of the matter is, the Giants have more talented players on the offensive line than they do at linebacker, but they are either getting old fast or have suffered serious injuries. At linebacker, the team is in serious need of some athleticism.
I fully believe that the Giants will look to upgrade the linebacker position during this coming draft, but not in the first round. There are a number of prospects such as Bruce Carter, Greg Jones, and Martez Wilson whom may be available in later rounds who would all be a welcome infusion of athleticism in the current linebacker corps.
The way I see it, Mike Pouncey and Anthony Costonzo are two of the cleanest- most NFL ready prospects in the entire draft. In a time of uncertainty, it is important that the team obtain blue chip players, regardless of position.
Whether the Giants opt to draft a center or a tackle, they will provide great competition at their respective positions in 2011 and be set to take over for one of the aging players on the line in the near future. Eventually the Giants have to begin to prepare for the future of their offensive line, and there no better time than now.
In my past few mock drafts, I have changed my pick for the Giants in the first round a number of times, and once again I am changing my mind.
I believe the Giants will draft Mike Pouncey out of Florida.
According to Pouncey himself on Sirius XM radio with Ralph Vacciano, Pouncey has had "a lot" of contact with The Giants.
While Jerry Reese is the general manager, he invests a lot in the convictions of his coaching staff come draft time. With both Tom Coughlin and Pat Flaherty meeting with Pouncey before and after his pro- day, I consider Pouncey a serious candidate.Tags: Akeem Ayers, Aldon Smith, Football, Mark Ingram, Mike Pouncey, New York, New York Giants, NFL, NFL Draft