Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay predict Giants Draft pick

Posted Feb 3, 2016

Draft experts release Mock Drafts to predict how the Giants will use their No. 10 Pick

With the 2016 Senior Bowl in the rearview mirror -- and Super Bowl 50 about to be -- mock drafts will be pumped out for the next few months until the first pick is made April 28 in Chicago.

The Giants hold the 10th overall selection in the draft, and NFL analysts and draft experts are already weighing in on which prospect they should take in the first round.

ESPN’s Todd McShay released his latest mockup on Tuesday, penciling in Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins for Big Blue. As a senior in 2015, Rankins recorded 13 tackles for loss and six sacks for the Cardinals, who finished the season 8-5 after a victory over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl.

“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,” McShay wrote. “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.”

Meanwhile, fellow ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. had UCLA linebacker Myles Jack going to the Giants in his first mock draft.

“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,” Kiper wrote of the 6-foot-1, 245-pound defender. “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.”

Here is a look at mock drafts from around the country:

Daniel Jeremiah,
Date: 1/17
Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

“Todd Gurley proved to be a home-run pick for the Rams last spring, and I expect similar results for Elliott next season.”

Dane Brugler,
Date: 1/25
Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

“Similar to the Rams last year, who drafted Todd Gurley 10th overall, the running back position isn't the top need on the Giants' roster. But it's tough to pass on dynamic players who will impact the team from Day One. And like Gurley this past season, Elliott would do just that for New York.”

Bucky Brooks,
Date: 1/17
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.”

Chad Reuter,
Date: 1/29
Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

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

Lance Zierlein,
Date: 1/22
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.”

Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange/
Date: 1/25
Pick: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

“Eli Manning, Odell Beckham, Jr. and the offense garners most of the attention, but the Super Bowl runs with Tom Coughlin as head coach came when the Giants boasted a dominant pass rush. That was not the case in 2015, with the Giants registering just 23 sacks in 2015, 30th in the NFL. Ogbah, the two-time Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Big 12, has the pro-ready game to make an immediate impact.”

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated
Date: 1/6
Pick: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

“Eli Manning will need more help along the line at some point, but ... man, Treadwell and Odell Beckham Jr. together? Much like the Beckham pick a couple years back, this would be a best-player-available choice of a prospect who just might be a superstar. Bonus: He's a tenacious blocker downfield in the run game.”

Peter Schrager, FOX Sports
Date: 1/26
Pick: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

“Smith is a star. He suffered a bad injury in the Fiesta Bowl and his recovery time is a bit of an unknown at the moment. He can rush the quarterback, stop the run, drop into coverage, and lead a team. He's a star -- healthy in April or not.”