by Michael Stewart | NY Giants Rush Contributor
New York Giants Mock Draft 2015: Part 2
My Pick- Derrick Lott (DT) Chattanooga: Lott has good size and speed (6’4/314 4.99) for a DT and moves extremely well in terms of quickness off the point of attack. Despite weighing 314 lbs., Lott can move on the edge and create matchup problems.
Only concern with Lott is that he is few years older as he transferred from Georgia and red-shirted in 2009. Regardless; Lott is worth the selection in the 6th round and could be a solid rotational DT with the New York Giants defense.
Reese’s Pick: Adrian Amos (S) Penn State (6’0/218): Amos has great range and is very dependable in his coverage responsibilities. Amos has a high football IQ and does his homework on opposing teams. More of a center fielder and not an inside the box type of safety.
Conclusion: Originally, I was going to select a WR here, but opted to go with a DT instead. Lott is a very intriguing prospect and could be a value in the 6th round and too good to pass up. Reese addresses the S position with a dependable safety out of Penn State.
My Pick- Antwan Goodley (WR) Baylor (5’10/209: Goodley would be the perfect insurance in case Victor Cruz is not ready by opening day. Goodley has vertical speed and explosiveness. Great body control and excels at catch and run. Goodley can play the slot as well as the outside and is equally dangerous. Goodley is a great late round value that will give the Giants another weapon.
Reese’s Pick: Karlos Williams (RB) Florida State: Good size and speed (6’1/230 4.48); Williams displayed excellent cut back ability and was equally effective between the tackles as well as taking it to the outside. Off field issues (domestic violence, never charged) has Williams available in the late rounds. GM Reese is no stranger when it comes to drafting a talented RB in the late rounds with issues (Ahmad Bradshaw), perhaps Reese will do it again.
Conclusion: I like both picks here and if it was possible, I would have liked to have both on my mock draft. However; I didn’t feel that it was realistic to draft both, so I choose WR Goodley over RB Williams. Goodley has the versatility that Jerry Reese converts and could be a steal in round 7.
Round 7B: (from Denver)
My Pick-Josh Robinson (RB) Mississippi State (5’8/213): Robinson is pure strength, especially his lower body. Very rarely does Robinson go down from an arm tackle as he probably leads all backs in college football in breaking free from initial contact. Robinson can also catch the ball out of the backfield and is an above average blocker. Robinson could be a steal in the later rounds and will make an NFL team very happy they selected him.
Alternative Pick by Me: Corey Grant (RB) Auburn (5’11/205): Grant recorded times of 4.28/4.30 in the 40 yard dash on his pro day. Grant has recorded a 37-inch vertical jump and 22 reps on the bench. What does all this translate into; not a lot. Grant was not the featured back at Auburn, however; one could argue that his limited play will benefit him as he didn’t have wear and tear.
Grant’s reported speed alone should be enough to have his name called on the final day of the draft. Can do everything; run, catch and block. The question is: Can he take it to the next level and be a viable asset for a team in the NFL.
Reese’s Pick: E.J Bibbs (TE) Iowa State (6’2/258): Bibbs shows flashes of what he could become, although he lacks the consistency to be considered a starting TE at the NFL level. Has good hands and above average speed for a TE, but needs to work more on his blocking. Bibbs can also play FB/HB in the NFL in certain packages; which would enhance his opportunity to make an NFL roster.
Alternative Pick by Reese: Deon Simon (DT) Northwestern State (La) (6’4/321): Reese can also lean towards a DT in round 7 instead of a TE, if so; a solid 7th rounder would be Deon Simon. Simon has a big body with extreme power. A space eater and perfect for a team like the Giants who employ a rotational system. Would collapse the middle along with Hankins to give the Giants a formidable pair of DT to stop the inside run.
Conclusion: Talk about a late round steal, well look no further than RB Robinson. Giant fans are going to love this kid when he touches the ball. He will remind most of Joe Morris with a bit more athletic ability and speed. TE Bibbs could surprise people as he does have the ability to be a contributor in the NFL.
Perhaps in Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo’s offensive system, Tight End E.J. Bibbs could excel and be used in some packages.
Final Thoughts: A lot can happen before, during and after the draft. Perhaps Reese surprises us and trades either up or back, or maybe a top 5 prospects falls into the Giants lap at #9. Regardless; it is vital that Reese is at his very best in the 2015 draft as it could be his last with the Giants as GM.
Sitting in the 9th position in most of the rounds should provide the Giants and Reese ample selections to find the BPA in each round. Hopefully; Reese can find enough playmakers on both sides of the ball to give the Giants a chance to finally get back to the playoffs.