I said at the start of this feature that I’d keep writing about the 2012 NFL Draft and the various mock drafts that come with it as long as writers out there kept mocking their little hearts away.
And that’s exactly what I’m doing yet again for you loyal ‘This Week In Mock Drafts’ readers at GMEN HQ. Today’s website featured is one that many of you who have been sticking with me from the beginning are familiar with: WalterFootball.com.
Back on June 20th I featured Walter himself from Walter Football and his mock draft from June 1 of this year. In that draft he had Notre Dame’s linebacker extraordinaire Manti Te’o going to the Giants at 22nd overall.
This week we’ll be taking a look at contributing writer Charlie Campbell and his 2012 mock draft that he posted on August 16 of 2011 and later updated the next day.
One thing that’s different about his mock draft is who he has picking first overall. It’s not the Washington Redskins. They’re actually picking 6th but still wind up with a quarterback: Matt Barkley out of USC. The team picking first, which would be the team that Campbell considers will finish with the worst record in the NFL is the Buffalo Bills and will have won the right to take Andrew Luck.
The Giants meanwhile come in at 26th in Campbell’s draft, good for a second place finish in the NFC East behind the Eagles and a playoff spot. Today’s edition of ‘This Week In Mock Drafts’ has a bit of a theme going for it and that theme, boys and girls, is familiarity.
We have a site we’ve featured before, the Redskins taking a QB, the Giants making the playoffs but not winning the NFC East and now we can add one more to that list: another linebacker mocked to the Giants.
Campbell marks the sixth time a mock draft prognosticator has given the Giants a linebacker in the 2012 NFL Draft and once again it’s another familiar name as we have Oklahoma’s Travis Lewis making his second appearance on the pages of GMEN HQ as part of ‘This Week In Mock Drafts.” Back on the fourth of July we saw Lewis’ name as a potential 2012 Giants draft pick being brought up by Reggie McColgan over at NFLMocks.com.
And here we are over a month and a lockout over later and the Giants are being partnered up with a linebacker in a mock draft yet again. What’s changed since then, you might ask?
Well, for the Giants their new starting linebacking corps now consists of Michael Boley, Jonathan Goff and Mathias Kiwanuka. Kiwanuka is the new starting member of the three as he replaces Keith Bulluck who wasn’t retained during free agency.
As for Lewis he broke a bone in his left foot during a Sooners practice and is going to need about eight weeks of recovery time. That means he’s looking at missing at least the first four games of the Sooners’ upcoming NCAA college football season.
Lewis, a senior, and the defensive captain for Oklahoma, was gearing up for another successful season, looking to be the first ever Sooner to lead the team in tackles four years in a row.
The senior could have entered the draft last year but decided to come back, “to win a national championship, point blank.” To him, anything “else would be a disappointment.” He’s still going to get a shot at helping the Sooners win that National Championship but his draft stock might take a hit if he isn’t able to come back from his injury and play at the high level he has been throughout his collegiate career.
Many college athletes who are good enough to play in the NFL are faced with tough choices once they’re eligible for the NFL Draft. Do they stay in school and continue their studies and hope to win an NCAA National Championship? Or do they take the greener pastures and start collecting that professional paycheck? Each has their advantages and disadvantages and Lewis might regret his decision right now but nobody can predict the future.
Staying in college is sometimes a gamble and Lewis is finding that out the hard way right now. We’ll just have to wait to see how he heals from his injury to see if we’ll be talking about him as a potential first round draft pick at next year’s draft or if his stock might have slipped.
And now back to Campbell’s mock draft.
Lewis wasn’t the only pick made by Campbell because Campbell’s mock draft covered two rounds and in the second round, picking at 58th overall, Campbell mocked to the Giants tight end Dwayne Allen from Clemson. Right now this pick makes sense based on Kevin Boss’ departure to Oakland during free agency and his replacement, Travis Beckum, not having a great go of it as the new starting tight end in New York.
After the sudden retirement of Ben Patrick, the tight end depth chart in New York has Beckum fighting off Bear Pascoe, with Daniel Coats and Jake Ballard competing for roster spots.
Allen stands tall at 6’3 and comes tipping the scales at 234 pounds. Last season for Clemson, Allen was able to provide steady blocking for Clemson’s top running backs and also caught 33 passes for 373 yards and a touchdown. The great thing about Boss and the will sorely be missed is his ability to not only catch passes but block, and block very well. The Giants don’t know if Beckum will be able to handle the load left by the departure of Boss and they might see themselves needing to bring in a new tight end for next season.
All right, I’m all mock drafted out so this concludes another installment of ‘This Week In Mock Drafts.’ See you next week. We’ll be here, even if Osi and his knee might not be.