The Giants are now on the clock, looking to bolster Eli Manning's chances of winning a second Super Bowl before Tony Romo wins his first. We all know that the football gods would never allow such a miscarriage of destiny. Let's head to the podium and see who the selection is from our assigned GM.
Selection: (OL) Mike Pouncey, Florida
Why the pick:
I made this pick because the Giants have a core of aging offensive linemen. Like his brother Pouncey is very versatile. He was a defensive linemen, but switched to the o-line his sophomore year. He will be mostly a guard in the NFL, but can also play center. The Giants could use Pouncey for their interior offensive line. Shaun O'Hara and Rich Seubert have had numerous injuries over the years. One the of the NFL's elite o-lines is aging and regressing so it makes sense here to take a guy who can play the interior.
Follow the jump for analysis of the pick.
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HIGH PRIORITY TEAM NEEDS (lower number indicates higher priority) according to Drafttek.com:
-- Threat Level Red (priority 1-2): None
-- Threat Level Orange (priority 3-4): 4-3 Outside LB, Center, Feature Running Back, Tight End, Left Tackle, 4-3 Defensive Tackle, 4-3 Middle LB, Strong Safety, Cornerback, 4-3 Defensive Tackle
-- Threat Level Yellow (priority 5-6): Free Safety
-- Drafttek.com ranked #46 Overall, #3 at the position (G)
-- Wes Bunting, National Football Post: #20 Overall, #1 at the position (C)
Impression: A gifted athlete who plays with bend, explosion and natural athleticism in both the run and pass game. No reason to think this guy can't be starting early in his NFL career and become a very good lineman at the next level.
-- CBSSports.com ranked #21 overall, #1 at the position (G)
-- Scout.com ranked #29 overall, #1 at the position (C)
-- Mike Mayock ranked #28 overall, #1 at the position
If the name sounds familiar it should. His twin brother was an all-pro as a rookie with the Steelers last year. He's remarkably similar to Maurkice. He didn't test very well but he can play all three interior positions on the offensive line, and he should do it in Year 1.
Pass blocking: Provides a quick initial punch before easing out of his stance. Good balance and lateral agility to mirror the defender. Strong, active hands and long arms allow him to keep his opponent controlled. Can get a little high with his pad level, but shows impressive flexibility and core strength in being able to anchor against a quality bull rush. Struggled early in the year snapping the ball with accuracy out of the shotgun and getting his hands up quickly in pass protection. Has the agility to move back outside to guard.
Run blocking: Quick off the snap. Latches on, shows very good upper-body strength and lateral agility and can turn the defender away from the ballcarrier. Plays with good pad level and shows some nastiness in his game. Looks to drive his assignment downfield or into the turf.
Pulling/trapping: Good initial quickness out of his stance when pulling. Keeps a tight line around linemates, showing good balance and foot speed to get around the edge. Has light feet for a big man and can locate and get to his target in the open field. Effort isn't always consistent sustaining blocks at the second level. Effective trap blocker. Good initial quickness to turn and seal off the defender.
Initial Quickness: Efficient and athletic out of his stance, quickly gaining the advantage over his opponent. Typically gets in the first punch in pass protection.
Downfield: Has the balance and sure feet to be effective as a downfield blocker, but is a bit inconsistent in his effort. Flashes some nastiness, showing a willingness to make the emphatic block to try and intimidate his opponent.
|Draft Pick||Team||2010 Record||Assigned GM||Team Needs||Selection|
|1||Carolina||(2-14)||Alexcomestokill||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, WR1, WR2, WR3, CB||AJ Green|
|2||Denver||(4-12)||Sean N||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, SS, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 ILB, TE, ROT||Nick Fairley|
|3||Buffalo||(4-12)||BTB||Everything except RB and WR, Kitchen Sink||Marcel Dareus|
|4||Cincinatti||(4-12)||staubachfan||QB, 4-3 DT, WR, 4-3 DE, FS, 4-3 MLB, OG, OC||Patrick Peterson|
|5||Arizona||(5-11)||howboutdemcowboyz||QB, 3-4 OLB, CB, OG, LOT||Cam Newton|
|6||Cleveland||(5-11)||BlueEyedDevil||4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB, WR, FS, CB||Robert Quinn|
|7||San Francisco||(6-10)||regaberto||3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, CB, OC, QB||Von Miller|
|8||Tennesee||(6-10)||accidentalinnuendo||QB, CB, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB||Da'Quan Bowers|
|9||Dallas||(6-10)||ChiaCrack||ROT, FS, OG, SS, CB, SILB, WILB, 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB||Tyron Smith|
|10||Washington||(6-10)||Creasy729||QB,RB, WR, OG, OC, 3-4DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Blaine Gabbert|
|11||Houston||(6-10)||I am Ironman!||3-4 DE, 3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Prince Amukamara|
|12||Minnesota||(6-10)||KJDH2154||QB, WR, 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, LOT, OG,||Jake Locker|
|13||Detroit||(6-10)||DIRE WOLF||CB, 4-3 OLB, MLB, ROT, OG, WR||Anthony Castonzo|
|14||St. Louis||(7-9)||Squishmytomato||WR, 4-3 DR, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 DE, FS, CB, OG, OC, SS||Julio Jones|
|15||Miami||(7-9)||iCoach||QB, 3-4 OLB, SS, OC, OG, 3-4 MLB, RB, WR||Mark Ingram|
|16||Jacksonville||(8-8)||gogokroz||4-3 DE, 4-3 MLB, CB, QB, WR, OG,||Aldon Smith|
|17||New England||(14-2)||fivetwos||3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, CB, RB, WR, OG, OT||Cameron Jordan|
|18||San Diego||(9-7)||salas88||3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OT||JJ Watt|
|19||NY Giants||(10-6)||Jeterian 2||C, RB, OT, 4-3 OLB, SS, CB||Mike Pouncey|
Next Up, Tampa Bay and assigned GM Bluestartattoo.