Ahhh we have waited long enough and the time has almost come. At 4 pm Saturday the 2009 NFL Draft will be officially underway. With all the mixed news and smokescreens over the past few days (as expected) we will finally see the truth in the reports.
*Side Note-I’m stickin by my guns with what I’ve been told. As of now it’s the 2/5/Conditional 2010. It could change to our 1st if Jerry is pressured. But I don’t buy any of these talks today that say the Giants are “nowhere” in trade talks. One thing to notice is that these articles have all been coming from Giants beat writers not from the Browns side. (Maybe trying to force Kokinis’ hand) Right now there is no need for the Giants to “bet against themselves”, as they are the only ones showing legitate interest at this time. The deal will be made official on Draft day.
We still will be drafting some players this weekend so ill provide a New York Giants Mock draft. (Also even “if” a trade for BE is not completed you can expect draft picks to be moved around. There is almost a 0% chance we draft ten players this weekend)
1. Knowshon Moreno – RB Georgia
The Giants get exceptional value here. Even though they have their man in Brandon Jacobs, he is a fairly injury prone back. We have two young players who have some potential in Ahmad Bradshaw and Danny Ware, but we are just one injury away from having questionable depth. Knowshon runs with tremendous vision and has good versatility.
2. (4th rounder also traded) Braylon Edwards – WR Cleveland Browns
With this trade the Giants attain a Pro Bowl wide receiver to replace the departed Plaxico Burress. Edwards had a down year in 08′, but he showed his awesome potential the previous year with 1,200+ yards and 16 touchdowns. Playing in a stable offense look for Edwards to play to his potential.
2. Ramses Barden – WR Cal Pol
Even after the Edwards trade the G-Men want to add another prospect to the receiver core. Barden is a huge target at 6’6 with decent speed for his size. He dominated his level of play and provides an excellent redzone threat that we can develop. Giving us a depth chart of Braylon Edwards, Smith Smith, Domenick Hixon, Mario Manningham, Sinorice Moss/David Tyree.
3. Herman Johnson – OG LSU (Traded 6th rounder to secure pick)
The Giants have one of the best offensive lines in the league, but could stand to add a quality reserve or two. Johnson is a HUGE prospect, and I mean huge at 6’7 1/4 364 lbs. He is an extremely powerful run blocker with great strength and long arms. Herman can back up the gaurd postions as a rookie and take over for Rich Seuburt when he departs, or maybe even step in for Mckenzie in a few years.
3. Cornelius Ingram – TE Florida
Kevin Boss did a fine job in his first full year replacing Jeremy Shockey, and is a solid starter. But depth could be added to bolster the unit. Ingram (who missed the entire 08′ season) is an intriguing prospect. He is very athletic and shows nice ball skills. With not many needs the Giants can afford to take a chance on Ingram here with his great upside.
5. Lardarius Web – CB/KR/PR Nicholls St.
With the departure of Madison/MqQuarters and Kevin Dockery in the last year of his contract, we can look to add some depth at corner. The small school prospect has blazing speed and has nice return ability. He can fit in as the fifth corner and work in at returner as a rookie.
5. Courtney Greene – S Rutgers
Greene is a physical player with tons of experience. He can compete with Michael Johnson for playing time at strong safety. He gives the Giants some depth behind safeties Kenny Phillips, Michael Johnson, and C.C Brown.
7. Brian Toal – OLB/FB Boston College
The Giants spend their last pick on an interesting prospect from Boston College. Toal was one of the best linebackers in the nation when on the field. Although that was extremely limited due to his extensive injury problems his whole career. His injuries present a risk but the tough athletic Toal could be a steal if he can stay healthy.