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Make the Case: DE Shane Ray vs. OT Brandon Scherff

"We have to draft this player because he can do A,B, C."

"No, we should select that prospect because he can do X,Y,Z."

These are the debates that will be waged in front offices across the National Football League in the coming weeks, up until the first day of the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30 in Chicago and through its conclusion on May 2.

With our "Make the Case" series on, we look at projections provided by two draft experts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on which player you would like the Giants to select with the ninth pick in the first round.

In this debate, we feature Missouri outside linebacker/defensive end Shane Ray and Iowa offensive tackle Brandon


As a junior in 2014, Ray was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and earned consensus first-team All-America honors after leading his conference in sacks and tackles for loss. Meanwhile, Scherff won the Outland Trophy, which is given to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman, and was voted first-team All-Big Ten as a senior.

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. projected the Giants to select Ray while his colleague Todd McShay had the team going on the other side of the ball with Scherff.

DE Shane Ray, Missouri OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa




*By Mel Kiper Jr,
"The pass-rush is a sneaky need for the Giants. Think about it: If Jason Pierre-Paul is healthy, the depth chart looks fair. But if he has any health issues, and we can't rule that out, you look at this depth chart and have to wonder where the Giants will be able to come up with any pressure. So whether it's Ray, Beasley or Fowler if he were somehow still around at this point, the pass rush is an area they could target. I do think Scherff is a fit, and I've had him here previously, but he's off the board. And while I wouldn't expect the Giants to take a wide receiver, I'd at least be tempted by the two available here."

*By Todd McShay,
"I'm sticking with Scherff to the Giants with the No. 9 pick. He's the ultimate tough guy, which makes him an ideal fit for a Tom Coughlin-coached team, and he could either take over the right tackle position for Justin Pugh (who has struggled some at tackle) or provide a major upgrade at left guard, enabling Weston Richburg to play his natural position of center. Scherff lacks the ideal length to play the tackle position, and could wind up as an excellent guard instead, but I wouldn't be against him. The Giants also have needs at linebacker and in the defensive secondary that they could look to address in the later rounds."

Photos of Missouri Defensive End Shane Ray

Check out photos of OT Brandon Scherff from the University of Iowa

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Texas DT Malcom Brown vs. Washington DT Danny Shelton
Missouri DE Shane Ray vs. Stanford OT Andrus Peat
Safety Landon Collins vs. WR Amari Cooper
Iowa OT Brandon Scherff vs. Stanford OT Andrus Peat

Alabama WR Amari Cooper vs. West Virginia WR Kevin White
Nebraska DE Randy Gregory vs. Clemson DE Vic Beasley
Alabama WR Amari Cooper vs. Iowa OT Brandon Scherff
So, Giants fans, if both players are available, who would you want the Giants to select? Comment below!

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