I have decided to take my first crack at a “dream draft” for the Giants 2011 draft; not necessarily the perfect draft, but a mock draft created only with players I would like to see the Giants draft. Obviously, all of these players will not be available for the Giants at the time of their projected selection, but each pick is within the realm of possibility, if not totally realistic.
Keep in mind that the Giants do not have a 5th round pick (traded for Sage Rosenfels), but have three 6th round picks (two compensatory picks).
Round 1: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
This one makes too much sense: he’s a franchise left tackle, a big need for the Giants, and he went to Boston College (Tom Coughlin’s Alma Matter). If he’s on the board at 19, he’s the pick.
Round 2: Martez Wilson, MLB, Illinois
With a stud tackle taken, we move on to our next need: linebacker. The Giants could use an MLB and an OLB, but Wilson could very well be one of the best players available when the Giants’ second round pick comes along, so he’s the pick here. Jonathan Goff was solid, but Wilson should be a much need upgrade.
Round 3: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina
He’s still recovering from a torn ACL, but this gifted linebacker would be a steal in round 3, provided he is able to return to full speed. It’s possible that he may miss the entire season, but then again, it’s possible that there may not even be a season (admittedly not the best logic, but I love his upside). He can’t be counted on for the 2011 season, but he’ll make some GM look smart in a couple of years; he has top half of the first round talent.
Round 4: Jordan Cameron, TE, USC
Not to be confused with Cameron Jordan from Cal. A converted basketball player, Cameron would give the Giants a big red zone weapon. Kevin Boss is capable, but that seems to be all he’ll ever be. Cameron’s stock seems to be rising, though, and there’s a good chance he’ll be off the board.
Round 6: Shareece Wright, CB, USC
Some might say CB is not an area of need, but Aaron Ross is always a question mark, and I can’t see the Giants signing him long term. Wright is a solid corner who had a pick in the Senior Bowl.
Round 6: Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock
Come on, he went to a school called Slippery Rock. Need I say more? In all seriousness, Fusco would fill a hole at center (he'd literally fill a hole...he's 6'4, 305), and would be a steal this late.
Round 6: Da’Rel Scott, RB, Maryland
The Giants never seem to have a true homerun threat at running back. Even Tiki Barber and Ahmad Bradshaw had good, but not great speed. I want a runningback that won’t get caught from behind. Scott has true breakaway speed, running the fastest 40 time of any running back. He ran for 200 yards in the Military Bowl and scored a TD in the Senior Bowl.
Round 7: Chuks Obi, DE, Harvard
Seventh round picks are a crapshoot, but what would a Giants draft be without a defensive end? I won’t pretend to know much about this guy, but he's smart enough to attend Harvard and he’s got a great name. The force is strong with this one.
The Giants come away filling huge holes on the offensive line and at linebacker, while filling less pressing needs at tight end, cornerback and running back. Even though this is MY dream draft, I admit that there are problems: if Carter misses the season, the Giants will need to find another solution at OLB. Also, if Barry Cofield is on another team (which seems almost certain), the Giants will need to add another DT, unless they are truly sold on Linval Joseph.
No draft is perfect, but I'd be very happy if the Giants ended up with a couple of these fine specimens. What do you think? How did I mess up? Where did I go terribly wrong? Feel free to post your mock dream draft!