This certainly isn't something we expected to see three days leading up to the start of the NFL Draft. NY Giants general manager Joe Schoen has quite the decision on his hands. Will he pick a cornerback or wide receiver in the first round on Thursday night?
If you ask Albert Breer and Peter King, they think Schoen will go in a different direction, and it's a surprising one. In their latest pieces, both NFL insiders have the Giants using the No. 25 overall pick on star Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer. While Mayer is a total stud, would this really be the best selection for Big Blue?
The Giants selecting Michael Mayer in the first round would be a stunner
"Interesting thing about Mayer is the book on him: He caught at least one pass in every one of his 36 games at Notre Dame, is the all-time leading tight end in receptions in the rich tradition of Irish football, might be a better blocker than pass-catcher, and missed just one game (groin strain) due to injury in three years. Daniel Jones could use a security blanket in the short and intermediate areas, and Waller and Mayer would give him two."- Peter King
Mayer would sure provide the offense with another quality playmaker, but Brian Daboll already has Darren Waller and Daniel Bellinger in town. The Giants just traded for Waller and he's one of the best TEs in the game when he's at full health.
Bellinger may not be a superstar, but he sure produced for the G-Men when his number was called during his rookie campaign. The Giants simply have too many other needs they need to address in the draft. A WR1 would be nice, but a starting cornerback like Deonte Banke or Emmanuel Forbes would make much more sense for this squad than a tight end.
If Mayer is still on the clock at No. 25, it might be tough for Schoen to pass on him, but he's simply got to do it. CB and WR - even the interior offensive line - is more of a priority for this team this week.