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Mel Kiper Jr. predicts Giants' pick in new mock draft

Posted Apr 19, 2017

ESPN Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has released his latest Mock Draft:

With one week to go, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. sat in the general manager’s chair for all 32 clubs and made his annual three-round mock draft.

From No. 1 to No. 107, he made picks based on what he believes is in the best interest for each team at that slot, not just what he’s hearing around the league. Below is what he chose for the Giants.

The real deal is set to kick off April 27 in Philadelphia.

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Round 1 (23 overall): Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

Harris, who did not put on a football jersey until his junior year of high school, finished tied for seventh in Missouri history with 18.0 career sacks, while his 34.5 tackles for loss rank 11th. The 6-foot-3, 253-pound defensive end had a breakout season in 2015 when he earned second-team All-SEC honors after leading the conference in tackles for loss (18.5).

“I'm not sold on the Giants' offensive tackles, but for now, I'm going with a pass-rusher who can spell Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon,” Kiper wrote. “Harris is a versatile defender who could play for all 32 teams.”

Round 2 (55): Marcus Williams, S, Utah

Williams is a two-time All-Pac-12 safety who became a starter as a true freshman, finishing his career with 11 interceptions and 19 passes defended. At the NFL Scouting Combine this past February, Williams tied for second among all players in the vertical jump. He was also third among all safeties in the broad jump.

“Last year's third-round pick, Darian Thompson, missed most of the 2016 season because of injury, and we still don't know if he's the long-term answer at free safety,” Kiper wrote. “Williams is a super athletic (43½-inch vertical) center fielder who would fit alongside Landon Collins.”

Round 3 (87): Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma

Perine finished as the Sooners’ all-time leading rusher (4,122 yards), despite turning pro after just three seasons. He also holds the NCAA single-game rushing record with 427 yards vs. Kansas in 2014.

“Perine is just a bully,” Kiper wrote. “At 5-foot-11, 233 pounds, he steamrolls defenders. New York had one of the worst rushing offenses in the league last season, and Perine brings value late in the third round.”