Todd McShay makes new Giants Draft pick prediction

Posted Mar 2, 2016

Todd McShay's mock draft has Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott to the Giants

The NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up on Monday in Indianapolis.

More than 300 prospects ran the gauntlet of interviews, medical testing and, of course, the on-field drills. Coming out of Lucas Oil Stadium, there are sure to be plenty of shakeups on teams’ big boards, and the same can be said for mock drafts by experts trying to predict what will happen during the NFL Draft on April 28-30.

That was the case with ESPN’s Todd McShay, who released his post-combine projections on Wednesday.

He penciled in Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott for the Giants at No. 10, a change from Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins in his previous mock draft.

“Defense -- specifically DE, LB and CB -- are all bigger needs, and Clemson DE Shaq Lawson could be a good fit if the Giants are unable to lure Jason Pierre-Paul back to New York,” McShay said of the Giants, whose last running back drafted in the first round was David Wilson in 2012. “However, after a good performance in Indianapolis, I think there's a strong chance Elliott goes in the top 10, whether it's to the Giants or via a team trading up. At 6-foot and 225 pounds, he has the frame and skill set to be an every-down back in the pros. And his 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine confirmed what we saw on tape: Elliott has breakaway speed once he gets a crease.”

Here is a look at the latest mock drafts coming out of Indianapolis after last week’s festivities:

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media
Pick: DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson

“Lawson plays with great technique/effort and his production is outstanding.”

Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange/
Pick: RB Ezekiel Elliott, 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: DE Shaq Lawson, 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.”

Pete Prisco,
Pick: LB Darron Lee, Ohio State

“They lack speed at linebacker and this kid showed with his blazing 40 times at the combine that he can run. He’s much more than that, though. Think Lavonte David of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s who he plays like.”