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Todd McShay predicts Giants' first three draft picks

Posted Apr 12, 2017

NFL Draft Experts make their latest predictions for the Giants' first round pick:


Everyone thinks they can be a general manager.

Only 32 people in the world actually are at any given time in the NFL, but that doesn’t stop fans and analysts from playing the role, especially around draft time. ESPN’s Todd McShay is among them and recently released his annual GM Mock Draft. For three rounds, McShay made picks “based on what's best for each team at that slot,” as opposed to a standard projection of where the talent lines up.

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Without further ado, here are the players he chose for the Giants:

Round 1 (23): Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
Round 2 (55): Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
Round 3 (87): Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama

“The Giants have invested heavily in their front four and secondary the past few offseasons, and I like the idea of adding a playmaker to the second level,” McShay wrote. “Davis still has room to grow in coverage, but he's an elite run defender, showing the ability to react and close on the ball in a hurry (much like Bucs LB Kwon Alexander). Brantley, Davis' Florida teammate, is another disruptive run defender, and Everett's athleticism and ball skills give him the potential to be a pass-catching mismatch at the next level.”

Mel Kiper Jr., a colleague at ESPN, would agree with McShay’s pick. In his latest mock draft, Kiper also had Davis going to the Giants at No. 23.

“An ankle injury kept Davis out of workouts at the combine, but he had a spectacular pro day, running a 4.56 40 with a 38½-inch vertical,” Kiper said. “Kelvin Sheppard started 11 games at middle linebacker for the Giants last season, but he's a free agent, while 2016 first-round pick B.J. Goodson only played 14 snaps. The versatile Davis, my No. 2 inside linebacker, would slot in on Day 1.”

A look at other mock drafts making the rounds right now:

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com (4/11)
Pick:
Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
Analysis:
“The Giants could use an athletic edge blocker with sweet feet and a nasty game to fill a void at OT.”

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report (4/7)

Pick: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Analysis: “Three teams continue to spend a lot of time and resources looking at quarterback: the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. Each team is set at quarterback right now but will be looking for a future starter. Don't be surprised if one of them grabs a quarterback in the first two rounds.”

Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange (4/6)
Pick: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Analysis: “The Giants struggled to protect Eli Manning and rushed for a miniscule 3.5 yards per carry in 2016, scoring a league-low six touchdowns on the ground. Ramczyk has the feet to handle blindside duties and at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds, possesses the girth to move people in the running game, as well.”

Will Brinson, CBS Sports (4/6)
Pick: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Analysis: “The Giants have several needs, but protecting Eli Manning is the biggest one on the board.”

Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com (4/6)
Pick: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Analysis: “The Giants are ready to win now, but the allure of landing an exciting building block for the future might be too great to pass on a talent like Mahomes. There is obviously interest by the Giants so this possible pairing can’t be ruled out.”

Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus (4/5)
Pick: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Analysis: “No, the Giants never draft linebackers this high, but Cunningham has the three-down skills to turn around their perennial position of weakness. He loves attacking blockers in the run game and his 56 run stops led all Power-5 linebackers, but he must cut down on his 34 missed tackles in order to live up to his potential.”

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated (4/5)
Pick: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Analysis: “The Giants have not drafted a Round 1 linebacker since Carl Banks in 1984, which might explain why we have to talk about them needing a linebacker every year. End the streak, take the three-down LB out of Vanderbilt, improve on defense. Plan B: OT Garett Bolles or OT Ryan Ramczyk. Both are still on the board (and one even falls out of the first round here).”

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com (4/4)

Pick: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Analysis: “Cook would be too good to pass up at this point in the draft. I like Paul Perkins but Cook is a far superior talent.”

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports (3/30)
Pick: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
Analysis: “The offensive line was a major issue last season. They need help at both tackle spots.”

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com (3/27)
Pick: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
Analysis: “McDowell has a high ceiling and a low floor, but he has outstanding size and could become an extremely disruptive interior defender if he gets his motor right.”