Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

With the 12th pick in #MockOne the New York Giants select…


For the third year in a row I have the pleasure and privilege of being involved in #MockOne, the best and most realistic (at least in my opinion) twitter based NFL mock draft. Founder Brandon Nall has put together a truly fantastic experience for any NFL draft enthusiast and fan.

The basic premise is that each team is represented by fans or bloggers of that team, with one ultimate “GM” and the others acting as “assistant GM’s” to mimic a true team war room. The draft is a full seven rounds and includes trades between teams, just as with the real draft. This year I was asked to be an assistant GM for the Giants along with @jason_bergmann. Playing the part of Jerry Reese is @EyeoftheGator.

Now that you understand what #MockOne is, lets get to what you are all here for, to find out who we ended up drafting with the 12th pick. We decided to continue rebuilding the Giants offensive line by selecting Taylor Lewan, T, University of Michigan. The 6’7, 309lb tackle oozes with talent, size, and athleticism. He is a prototypical left tackle who can step in if Will Beatty continues to struggle or eventually gets injured again. Lewan is tremendous in pass protection and will help to keep the franchise, Eli Manning, upright. Lewan would be a great fit in a zone blocking scheme which new Giants offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, could look to utilize. Some off the field character concerns ultimately caused Lewan, who is a top 10 talent, to fall to us at 12.

Nov 2, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr (11) is called for a roughing the passer penalty after a hit on Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Sefo Liufau (13) at Rose Bowl. UCLA defeated Colorado 45-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A couple of other targets we had in mind were snatched up before we chose, such as Aaron Donald (DT, Pittsburgh), Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M), and Anthony Barr (LB, UCLA). We also were tempted to move up to #8 to grab Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M who was one of the highest rated players on our board and we were surprised to see him slip that far. We were not the only team thinking this as the Dolphins swooped in and put us in a bidding war with the final price being too rich for our blood. It should be noted that we were in a heated argument over Barr in our war room. Our GM was pounding the table for him, while I still believe he is a much better fit in a 3-4 defense and his potential floor worries me. In the end, though, the Bengals ended up trading in front of us at #11 to take him.

Nov 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Zack Martin (70) blocks at the line of scrimmage against Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Shakir Soto (52) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The other players on our board who were considered at #12 were Zack Martin (OL, Notre Dame), Eric Ebron (TE, University of North Carolina), and C.J. Mosley (LB, University of Alabama). While Martin’s versatility to possibly play all five offensive line positions is intriguing, and could sway actual Giants GM Jerry Reese to prefer him to Lewan, we liked the upside Lewan offered long term at left tackle better. Ebron could certainly be a dynamic weapon in McAdoo’s new offense, but the twelfth pick might be high for a guy who doesn’t show a consistency in his game and still needs a lot of polish. While Mosley could be the dynamic three down linebacker Giants’ fans have been longing for the last couple of years, we just didn’t believe the positional value warrants a pick this high unless the player is truly special.

Make sure to keep following along with #MockOne, either on Twitter, or the website. I will be doing one of these write ups for all of our picks throughout #MockOne and I can’t wait to see all of your comments and who you would have taken, so let me hear it below!

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  • eTerryLee

    An excellent commentary. Having taken all things…and…everything into analysis and consideration…agree with you 100%. A Giants fan for 50 years.

    • James

      Thanks, appreciate the comment!

  • royhobbs7

    Jimmy,

    JR will pass on Lewan for two reasons. Personal issues (i.e., off-field character concerns). When is the last time that the Giants drafted a #1 who had any personal issues, on or off the field? Try never!!!!
    The only way they draft him is if Brady Hoke provides an exemplary endorsement.

    The other reason is that U. of Michigan OLmen tend to be busts in the NFL.

    • James

      I am sure the Giants met with Lewan for just that reason. From the little I know of Lewan’s off the field concerns, and I am sure I know a ton less than the Giants, I don’t believe anything would make them not take him. Reese & the Giants #1 concern is getting more talent on this team, and quickly.

      • eTerryLee

        Agree. Two things the Giants should require and should see proof of; a “non-stop motor” and that “killer instinct/mean streak/nasty attitude” and it’s been written that Lewan “may” have that “nasty” attitude. Which is a mandatory trait for ALL LINEMEN. Linemen should be fighting to win every second of each play where their specific assignment on that play and their successful execution of that assignment directly determines the the extent of the success of that play. Giants have always had “talent” but maybe they need more “nasty” to go along with “finesse”. Both the offense and defense have to get back to playing with a “Smash Mouth” attitude to go along with the “finesse”. The Seahawks domination of the Broncos is the way you should want to play, as much as possible, consider reading “The Art of War”.

    • eTerryLee

      Overall the Giants have had a very good track record with players who have “off the field issues”. Butfor each player who has such “issues”, it’s a matter of that person being able to process correctly, what even a “brief” NFL career means financially. Because being an NFL player is now a real job where there are few positions available and where you are fighting ALL the time to keep your position for as long as teams allow you to keep playing.

      Having said that, it has been reported that Lewan “may” have a “nastiness” that “may” be one of the two most sought after traits for what all lineman need these days to excel in their play. After all, being mediocre only lasts for so long in the “Not For Long” league