Experts predict Giants Draft Pick

Posted Feb 17, 2016

Media experts make their predictions for the Number 10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft

At this time next week, Indianapolis will be the center of the NFL universe. 

Scouts, coaches and general managers from across the league will be gathered in Lucas Oil Stadium to evaluate the next crop of talent at the annual NFL Scouting Combine.

From the 40-yard dash to face-to-face meetings with team personnel, the weeklong job interviews will go a long way in dictating the 2016 NFL Draft, which begins the night of April 28 in Chicago.

The prognostications will surely change as a result of what happens in Indianapolis, but until then, here are the pre-combine mock drafts for the Giants, who hold the 10th overall pick:

Daniel Jeremiah,
Pick: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

“Spence comes with some baggage, but he's a very gifted edge rusher and he would provide a much-needed lift to the Giants' defensive front.”

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN
Pick: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

“A gifted athlete, he's a linebacker with quickness you would get from a smaller safety, and that extends to his ability to cover, as well. He can attack the backfield and is a physical kid, but he's especially good at anticipating and covering ground quickly to make plays across the formation and in coverage. Yeah, he got hurt, but he didn't fall on my board.”

Todd McShay, ESPN
Pick: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville Cardinals

“We've been on Rankins' bandwagon for quite some time, as his combination of quickness and power popped off the screen whenever we turned on the film. After having a terrific week of practices at the Senior Bowl, the versatile D-lineman is shooting up draft boards. At 6-foot-2, 303 pounds, Rankins would give the Giants a devastating DT combo with Johnathan Hankins.”

Rob Rang
The Sports Xchange/
Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

“Complementing Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr. with a bell cow running back might be the fastest way of getting the Giants back into playoff contention. Elliott isn't the second-coming of Todd Gurley but he's clearly the top running back in this class, showing the all-around game to play on all three downs immediately.”

Dane Brugler,
Pick: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

“The Giants built their Super Bowl-winning teams with strong defensive lines, especially on the edges. Lawson will give New York a building block as the Giants rebuild the defense.”

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated
Pick: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

“Super Bowl 50 offered the latest reminder that a potent pass rush can undermine just about any team in the league. The Giants are lacking there, and Lawson is a force. He’s coming off a 12.5-sack, 22.5-tackle for loss season for Clemson.”

Chad Reuter,
Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

“Building talent up front is a hallmark of the Giants, so grabbing a versatile defender like DeForest Buckner here makes a lot of sense.”

Lance Zierlein,
Pick: Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame

“I'm assuming that Smith will come back fully healthy. If he does, he offers playmaking range and sneaky versatility that could help ramp up the Giants defense quickly.”

Bucky Brooks,
Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

“Buckner is the kind of long, rangy defender that GM Jerry Reese needs to shore up a Giants defense that's struggled getting stops in critical moments.”