SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Giants as they prepare to make the 23rd overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27, complete with who's rising and who's falling throughout the process and as the Jets' potential needs change:
1. OT Garett Bolles, Utah - The only consensus right now on the top offensive linemen in the draft is that there's probably not a Top 10-worthy pick. Otherwise there's no consensus on either which ones are the best and where the run might begin. It seems that many people believe Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk is the top talent, but the 6-5, 300-pound Bolles is the one more likely to still be around at 23. The scouting combine next week will help to sort out the O-line class. (Last week: 2)
2. TE O.J. Howard, Alabama - Tight ends historically slip in the draft because good ones can be found late and other positions really have more premium value. That's not the case with the Giants, of course, who really, really need a good tight end. Could Howard really slip to 23? It's hard to imagine given what a terrific athlete he is, and his ideal size (6-6, 249). Most scouts seem to put him in the Top 20 which conceivably could put him close to the Giants' spot. And if he's close, they could always try to move up. (Last week: 3).
3. OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin - In the wild, wild world of mock drafts - and the more educated guesses among scouts and NFL personnel - the perceived best player at any position tends to move wildly this far in advance. This 6-6, 314-pounder is generally considered the best left tackle prospect in a class that isn't really very top heavy. If that holds and he really does turn out to be the best of the bunch, there's no way he lasts until 23 because someone will want to grab a future left tackle long before then. But it's early and hard to say if he'll stay where he is. (Last week: 1)
4. OT Cam Robinson, Alabama - Speaking of the wild world of pre-draft guessing, just a few weeks ago I heard a scout say he could be a guy the Jets would consider at No. 6. Now "bottom of the first round" is more the consensus. It's not that the 6-6, 326-pounder did anything wrong in the last few weeks, it's just part of the over-analysis this time of year. He's still a big, powerful left tackle who has some footwork flaws and there are concerns about his immediate ability to be an NFL pass blocker. Sound familiar? It should. The NFL.com scouting report lists his comparable NFL player as Ereck Flowers. Seriously. (Last week: N/A)
5. TE David Njoku, Miami - I continue to hear how much the Giants love this 6-4, 245-pounder who has the same outstanding athletic ability as all the other great tight ends who have come out of Miami. I also continue to hear questions about whether he's even a first-round pick. There are concerns about the amount of drops he had in college and whether he has the size and strength to be a good enough blocker in the NFL. His combine and Pro Day will be key. He can dazzle himself into contention, or flop himself deep enough that the Giants may be able to snatch him in Round 2. (Last week: 4).
Dropped from the board: Tennessee DE Derek Barnett (5 last week).
Other previously included players: Michigan DE Taco Charlton, Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey.