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Todd McShay predicts Giants draft pick

Posted Feb 8, 2017

ESPN's Todd McShay released a Mock Draft predicting Giants' selection with the 23rd pick:


An incomplete draft order hasn’t stopped analysts from churning out mock drafts over the last few weeks.

But now that it’s finalized after New England defeated Atlanta in Super Bowl LI, we can dive headfirst into the frenzy.

ESPN’s Todd McShay released his 2.0 version today and projected UCLA defensive end/outside linebacker Takkarist McKinley to the Giants at No. 23. Coming in at 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds, the former Bruin finished his college career tied for 11th on the school’s all-time sacks list with 18. He recorded 10 of those in 2016 as he went on to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors.

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“Tight end would also be a strong possibility if either [Alabama's O.J.] Howard or [Miami’s David] Njoku were still on the board,” McShay wrote. “With both gone and Jason Pierre-Paul slated to become a free agent, the Giants could be in the market for another pass-rusher. McKinley has versatility, and I love his motor. He's a natural pass-rusher with elite speed off the edge, recording 18 TFLs and 10 sacks in 2016.”


Here is a look at the other mock drafts that are out there right now:

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media (2/9)
Pick: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Analysis: “The Giants need to start thinking about Eli Manning’s eventual replacement.”

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report (2/6)
Pick: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Analysis: “Barnett's production at Tennessee was eye-opening, but his lack of twitch and elite athleticism pushes him down the board as we get closer to the draft. Barnett is still capable of a long, productive NFL career, and starting out down that road opposite Olivier Vernon gives him the one-on-one looks from offensive lines he'll need to produce.”

Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com (1/30)
Pick: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Analysis: 
“Charlton, who has some traits reminiscent of Justin Tuck out of Notre Dame, has all the ingredients of a NFL starter.”

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Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated (1/30)
Pick: David Njoku, TE, Miami
Analysis: “Njoku is raw, but he has the potential to be just that at the next level. The Giants’ WR corps frees up a lot of space in the middle of the field. Njoku has the downfield athleticism to take advantage.”

Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange (1/28)
Pick: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Analysis: 
“McCaffrey isn't a bruiser but his instincts, shiftiness and soft hands out of the backfield could make him an intriguing weapon for Big Blue.”

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com (1/26)
Pick: O.J. Howard, OT, Alabama
Analysis: “After emerging as the best overall tight end at the Senior Bowl, Howard elevated his stock. The Giants could use another weapon in the passing game to alleviate pressure on Odell Beckham, Jr. on the outside.”

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN (1/19)
Pick: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Analysis: “Ramczyk, who has had an amazing path to the NFL, is a 6-6, 314-pound road grader with all the traits of an NFL starter, but he's not a talent on the level of former Badger Joe Thomas (who is?). New York could also target a pass-rusher or tight end (none are off the board so far).”

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com (1/18)
Pick: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
Analysis: “Get to know this name. Everett has a lot of similarities to Jordan Reed and he would crush it in the Giants' offensive system, surrounded by Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard.”