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Mock Draft Tracker: Mel Kiper Jr. updates Giants pick


The 2018 NFL Draft is less than one month away, and draft experts have their latest predictions:

In less than one month, the 2018 NFL Draft kicks off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

We find out that night what future Giants player will return there at least once a season for what the franchise hopes is a long time. Until then, we look at mock drafts.

Last Thursday, the New York Giants traded Super Bowl-winning defensive end and former first-round draft choice Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers. The move shook up some projections, which will tend to happen at an accelerated pace as we approach April 26.

For now, here are the latest mock drafts out there for the Giants at No. 2:

Mel Kiper Jr.,
Pick: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Analysis: "The Giants are in a good spot here. If they don't love one of these quarterbacks, they can solicit trade offers to move down and pick the best player available. They have needs at several positions, including pass-rusher (they just dealt Jason Pierre-Paul) and running back (I went with Saquon Barkley here in Mock Draft 2.0). New York, however, also needs its quarterback of the future, and new coach Pat Shurmur was among the Giants contingent that met with Darnold before his pro day workout. The G-Men could stick with Eli Manning in 2018 and move on to Darnold in 2019."

**Bucky Brooks,**
Pick: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
Analysis: "New GM Dave Gettleman is all about the "hog mollies" (big guys), so he could bypass a quarterback of the future and a dynamic runner to add a Pro Bowl-caliber interior blocker to the roster."

Albert Breer, Monday Morning Quarterback
Pick (projected trade with Buffalo to No. 12 pick): Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
Analysis: "Word is the Giants love [Saquon] Barkley and Nelson, and I know dealing down isn't in Gettleman's history. But I think the offers will entice, and Davenport would be a good get at 12."

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report
Pick: Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State
Analysis: "Previous Selection: OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame. The draft's first surprise has the New York Giants passing on quarterbacks, all-world running back Saquon Barkley and elite offensive guard Quenton Nelson to land the class's best pass-rusher. Chubb is an ideal weak-side linebacker fit in the Giants' new 3-4 scheme. Pairing him with Olivier Vernon would give new head coach Pat Shurmur a stud defensive duo. That might also help give quarterback Eli Manning a little bigger window to win a third ring before retiring."

**Pete Prisco, CBS Sports**
Pick: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Analysis: "You can never have enough pass rushers as the Giants learned when they beat the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl. And now after dealing Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers on Thursday there's even more of a need."

**Charles Davis,**
Pick: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Analysis: "We're still on the lookout for a potential trade in this spot, with the Bills possibly looking to move in front of the Jets, but in the end, the Giants' brass decides to pick its future franchise QB. Rosen's self-confidence (and terrific right arm) are what's necessary in NYC. Trading Jason Pierre-Paul might lead to more of a discussion about taking Bradley Chubb here, but the Giants don't pass on their top QB."

Dane Brugler, The Sports Xchange
Pick: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Analysis: "With new decision-makers (general manager and head coach) in New York, there is a favorable chance this pick will be a quarterback or traded. But if this regime truly believes in Eli Manning as "the guy" for the next few seasons, Barkley and his impact would aid the quarterback more than anyone else at this selection."
Rob Rang,
Pick: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Analysis: "The Giants ranked 31st in the NFL a year ago in scoring offense with just 15.4 points per game. It is easy to imagine that number jumping considerably with Barkley joining Odell Beckham, Jr. and Evan Engram to give Eli Manning the best set of weapons in the NFC East. Given the haul the Colts received in the Jets' aggressive trade up, do not be surprised if the Giants ultimately trade out of this pick to satisfy another QB-desperate team."

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY Sports
Pick: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Analysis: "The Jets' trade set the G-Men up to take home a potential king's ransom if they can find their own QB-hungry trade partner. But if Barkley's on the board, this might be a no-brainer for new GM Dave Gettleman. Barkley is poised to become the highest running back drafted since Reggie Bush went No. 2 in 2006, and with good reason. Capable of reshaping an offense, the do-everything back might be just what first-year coach Pat Shurmur needs to launch his attack. Yet if Darnold is available, New York needs to at least listen to trade offers — as well as consider taking him as Eli Manning's potential successor."

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports
Pick: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Analysis: "GM Dave Gettleman would be open to a trade down, but he's not taking less than what the Colts got to slide back three spots, and that compensation package ultimately doesn't come his way. He picks Barkley to take pressure off Eli Manning and Odell Beckham as well as to give his ground game an ultra-talented ball-carrier."

R.J. White, CBS Sports
Pick (projected trade down to No. 9): Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Analysis: "If the 49ers have a shot at a guy like [N.C. State defensive end Bradley] Chubb, Nelson or [FSU safety Derwin] James, I think they keep this pick. But with all off the board, they move down with the Giants, who jump ahead of the Dolphins to get their QB of the future in Mayfield, a guy they've scouted heavily. In this mock trade, I have the Giants surrendering the second-rounder they got from Buffalo (No. 56), while also receiving San Francisco's original third-rounder (No. 74). That's a valuable move up for John Lynch, who then has three picks in the top 60."
Danny Kelly, The Ringer
Pick: QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
Analysis: "The Giants could get a king's ransom to trade out of this spot—or take Saquon Barkley or Quenton Nelson—but the chance to draft and develop a top-tier passer like Rosen as the heir to Eli Manning is too enticing. The UCLA product excels in the pocket and can attack all three levels of the field. He would give the team's new front office and coaching staff the chance for a seamless transition away from the 37-year-old Manning, whether that happens in 2019 or 2020."

Chad Reuter,
Pick: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Analysis: "Eli Manning is the Giants' quarterback in 2018. My guess is the team will move on after next season so their young star can lead the franchise for the next 12-15 years."

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