It's way too early to speculate on who the Giants will select in this spring's NFL Draft. Or is it? I visited WalterFootball.com, one of my favorite websites, and checked to see who they have the Giants selecting in the first three rounds of their mock draft.
Round One, Pick 9: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford (6'7', 312) Jr.
WF: The Giants will consider taking a left tackle with this selection. There's no telling how much longer William Beatty will be around, given his contract status (due about $19 million over the next three years). In the meantime, Andrus Peat can start at right tackle, which would allow Justin Pugh to move inside to upgrade one of the guard spots. Peat, who reportedly changed his mind about returning to Stanford, would then ultimately move into the blind-side spot once Beatty moves on.
JF: The Giants are still obligated to Beatty for 2015. They can release him, but the cap ramifications are high. They will keep him for now and consider moving on at a later time, since half of his $37 million dollar deal was guaranteed and most of it has already been paid. They want some return on that investment. Adding a young tackle is always a great idea and Peat is a great fit. He would hopefully provide an upgrade while giving the Giants some much-needed flexibility.
Round Two, Pick 40: Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana (6', 210, 4.59 40) Jr.
WF: I don't think the Giants will go out of their way to take a running back, but Tevin Coleman is too good to pass up. He could complement Andre Williams well, as the oft-injured Rashad Jennings can't be trusted.
JF: I agree depth is needed here, but so is defense. The Giants need some studs on defense and this pick, although a quality one, may be a bit too early. Anyone who plays CFB fantasy on the daily sites is familiar with Coleman. He is a a real talent who is coming out early, he is ready for the NFL and could be a steal. From CBSSports.com:
Indiana's offense has some creative play-calling, but even with defensive coordinators game-planning for Coleman, he is able to gash defenses with his vision to find holes, body control to get skinny and burst to accelerate downfield. He has worked his way into the top-75 discussion as a NFL prospect...projecting as a mix of Darren McFadden and DeMarco Murray.Round Three, Pick 74: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State (6'2", 288) Sr.
WF: Here's some defensive line help for the Giants, who could use some long-term options in the interior to go along with Johnathan Hankins.
JF: I like the pick, but if they can wait a round to get him it would be better. He is a tad bit small for the NFL right now. The Giants would want to put 10-15 lbs on him and hope that it doesn't diminish his quickness too much. All of this is contingent on the Giants staying in a 4-3 or 4-2-5 defensive alignment. The new DC may want to have the flexibility to switch to a 3-4-4. Doubtful, but you never know. Bennett can also rush the passer, so he can be used all along the line.
Overall, I like the continuing effort to remake the offensive and defensive fronts. Nowhere do I see here is the effort to bring in capable LBs. I know the Giants signed Victor Butler this week, and he can help. The new DC will quickly see that Devon Kennard can be deployed in several ways, but Jon Beason cannot be relied on and Mark Herzlich is a backup and special teams player. They need to get LB and pass rush options this off season.