Thursday, April 26, 2012

NFL Mock Draft: Giants look for offensive line depth to close first round


I would prefer the TE for most immediate impact on the offense, but there is a need to keep Eli upright. Coby Fleener is 6-8, 247 and very athletic in the current mold of basketball playing TE's. He would give Eli a down the middle threat we haven't had since Shockey / Boss.

Jonathan Martin is a 6-5 , 310 OT. I also like Georgia G Cordy Glenn 6-5, 345 who could give you more versatility. Courtney Upshaw, a LB 6-2, 272 from Alabama would fill a need, but he's not likely to slip to the Giants spot.

I've heard RB David Wilson from Virginia Tech mentioned as well, but I see the Giants grabbing a RB later. They could probably get what they need on the offensive line in later rounds as well, which is why I would snatch Fleener, if he falls to them.

The Vikings are on the clock, and will be fielding trade offers before Andrew Luck puts on his Colts hat.

from the New York Post:
NFL Mock Draft: Giants look for offensive line depth to close first round:

"Despite winning Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants have several holes on offense and GM Jerry Reese will look to the draft to plug them.

At this point in the draft, the best two players available will be Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin and his teammate, tight end Coby Fleener. Both the right tackle and tight end positions are causes for concern heading into next season for the Giants, but the former outweighs the latter, meaning they will go with Martin."

We are also very interested in where Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins ends up. His uncle goes to our church, so we've followed his storied collegiate career closely. Philly would be a good spot for him, provided Andy Reid stays. Cleveland or Seattle, where he could pressure a starting spot sooner would be good as well. Green Bay might have interest as well, but he would be blocked there by the Discount-Double-Check guy.


"I respect the Eagles and the way they develop quarterbacks," Cousins told Bill Simonson of The Huge Show on Wednesday. "It seems like whoever they've plugged in there has had a lot of success, and that's a testament to that coaching staff and that system."

In the full mock draft of ESPN.com's Todd McShay, he has the Eagles selecting Cousins with the 51st overall pick, No. 19 in the second round.

Uggh!!! That would mean two Eagles QB's that I have to quietly root for. Where have you gone, Ron Jaworski?

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Giants Top Minor League Prospects

  • 1. Tyler Beede 6-4, 215 RHP from Vanderbilt projects as top of the rotation starter when he works out his command/control issues. When he misses, he misses by a bunch.
  • 2. Chris Shaw 6-3. 230 1B Lefty power bat, limited defensively to 1B, Matt Adams comp?
  • 3. Bryan Reynolds 6-2, 210 OF Switch hitter with average speed and polished hitting approach. Fits Giants mold of high-floor, low-ceiling prospects.
  • 4. Stephen Duggar 6-1, 170 CF Another toolsy, under-achieving OF in the Gary Brown mold, hoping for better results.
  • 5. Sandro Fabian 6-0, 180 OF Dominican signee from 2014, shows some pop in his bat. Below average arm and lack of speed should push him towards LF.
  • 6. Aramis Garcia 6-2, 220 C from Florida INTL projects as a good bat behind the dish with enough defensive skill to play there long-term
  • 7. Heliot Ramos 6-2, 185 OF Potential high-ceiling player the Giants have been looking for. Great bat speed, early returns were impressive.
  • 8. Garrett Williams 6-1, 205 LHP Former Oklahoma standout, Giants prototype, low-ceiling, high-floor prospect.
  • 9. Heath Quinn 6-2, 190 OF Strong hitter, makes contact with improving approach at the plate. Returns from hamate bone injury.
  • 10. Seth Corry 6-2 195 LHP Highly regard HS pick. Was mentioned as possible chip in high profile trades.
  • 11. Jacob Gonzalez 6-3, 190 3B Good pedigree, impressive bat for HS prospect.
  • 12. C.J. Hinojosa 5-10, 175 SS Scrappy IF prospect in the mold of Kelby Tomlinson, just gets it done.
  • 13. Shaun Anderson 6-4, 225 RHP Large frame, 3.36 K/BB rate. Can start or relieve
  • 14. Garett Cave 6-4, 200 RHP He misses a lot of bats and at times, the plate. 13 K/9 an 5 B/9. Wild thing.

2018 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players

  • 1. Ethan Hankins 6-6, 215 RHP Forsyth Central HS (GA) Mi 90's FB tops at 96-98, plus breaking ball. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 2. Kumar Rocker 6-5, 250 RHP North Oconee HS (GA) Heavy 98 FB, sharp mid 90's slider. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 3. Matthew Liberatore 6-5, 200 LHP Mountain Ridge HS (AZ) High 3/4 arm slot, 91-93 FB tops at 95, with good feel for pitching. Arizona commit.
  • 4. Slade Cecconi 6-4, 195 RHP Trinity Prep HS (FL) High 90's FB tops at 97, with mid 80's breaking ball. Miami commit.
  • 5. Carter Stewart 6-6, 200 RHP Eau Galle HS (FL) Highest spin rate breaking ball in draft. Mississippi State commit.
  • 6. Luke Bartnicki 6-3, 210 LHP Walton HS (GA) Low 90's FB with command, workable slider. Georgia Tech commit.

2018 Top MLB College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Brady Singer 6-5, 200 RHP Florida Sergio Romo-esque slider from whippy low 3/4 arm slot. Mid 90's FB, sharp slider and change-up. 3.4 K/BB rate.
  • 2. Casey Mize 6-3, 210 RHP Auburn Forearm issues, 96 FB with split/slider mix, 6.2 K/BB ratio.
  • 3. Logan Gilbert 6-6, 205 RHP Stetson Loose arm action, 3 pitch mix, 93-96 FB 3.2 K/BB.
  • 4. Ryan Rollison 6-3, 200 LHP Mississippi Smooth delivery from 3/4 arm slot, 89-93 FB tops at 94/95. Late 1st, early 2nd rounder. 2.8 K/BB rate.
  • 5. Shane McClanahan 6-1, 175 LHP South Florida Thin build, 3/4 arm slot, tall and fall delivery. 93/96 FB range. 3.0 K/BB rate.

2018 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects in Tampa Bay Area

  • 1. Connor Scott 6-4, 180 OF Plant HS (FL) Florida commit.