The FanSided NFL Mock Draft is out and they suggest the Giants will draft Stanford TE Zach Ertz at #19. I think it’s way too high to draft a TE, and the Giants have other options for the position and many more pressing needs.
19. New York Giants – Zach Ertz, TE/Stanford
Eli Manning got a taste of what life is like with a great pass catching tight end and Zach Ertz would bring him up to date with the rest of the elite passers in the NFL. Brady has Gronkowski, Brees has Graham and Manning would have Ertz. He’s smart, he’s huge and most importantly he’s ready to play right now. Ertz is going to create matchup problems all over for opposing defenses and he can beat defenders up the seam as well. Defensive end and linebacker are areas of need as well but Ertz is too good to pass up if the Giants are serious about exploiting Manning’s skills to their fullest.
The Giants would be taking a risk drafting the 6’6″ 252lbs Ertz at #19. Still, the Stanford standout had a phenomenal 2012 season and with any training may have the chance to be another one of these deadly, huge targets that love to go across the middle and dare linebackers to try to wrap them up. Ala Gronk, Graham, Hernandez. The risk here isn’t necessarily the player (Ertz), it’s where the players being drafted. 19 is where top 15 talents fall because of other teams, well, let’s just say “unique” decisions. I have been adamant about drafting a defensive player so far, and it would seem Josh Hill and I would disagree on many picks in his most recent draft. But if he’s right, that means my boy MLB Alec Ogletree would still be available, and in my opinion makes a heck of a lot of sense here.