Three options for the Giants at #12
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By Luke Palmer
The New York Giants will select 12th in the 2014 NFL Draft, their highest pick since the franchise traded fourth overall pick Philip Rivers for franchise quarterback Eli Manning. Here are three options for Big Blue in the first round.
1. Taylor Lewan LT – Michigan Wolverines
One of the biggest problems the Giants faced this year was the protection up front for QB Eli Manning. Manning was sacked 39 times with an NFL leading 27 interceptions. Factor in the retirement of OT David Diehl, the disappointing performances of OT’s William Beatty and Justin Pugh, and the aging of Pro-bowler OG Chris Snee, the Giants must look to rebuild the offensive line. Enter 6’7’’ Michigan All-American Taylor Lewan, a 3 year starter for the Wolverines. Lewan impressed scouts at the combine, mostly in his speed and footwork which ranked amongst the best among all linemen. Scouts have Lewan going anywhere in the top 15, some touting him as a future pro-bowler.
2. CJ Mosely MLB – Alabama Crimson Tide
Linebacker has been a sore spot for the Giants for a long time, ranking amongst the worst in the league. CJ Mosely, the captain and All-American linebacker of Alabama has a winning pedigree and the skills necessary to be a top linebacker at the next level. At 6’2 234 lbs, Mosely has the strength to play MLB and the speed to dominate at OLB making him the most versatile defensive player in the draft. Mosely has a bright future ahead and could become the next great defensive leader for the Giants.
3. Mike Evans WR – Texas A&M Aggies
After a dominating the SEC at Texas A&M, Mike Evans is bringing his size and talent to the NFL, and teams are salivating at the possibility of drafting him. The WR is 6’5 and has a 7’0 wingspan, wider than most NBA Centers. With his speed and jumping ability, Evans can go up and grab any ball thrown in his area. Especially with the departure of Hakeem Nicks, the Giants are lacking a tall, big-play receiver and by drafting Evans, the Giants would be able to keep Victor Cruz in the slot and have a matchup nightmare for opposing cornerbacks for years to come.