We are done and the 2012 BTSC Community Mock Draft is in the books! Pittsblitz56 did say he was working on it, but the agreed time came and went so I’m stepping in again here. Next up: the real thing at 8:00 pm EDT!
By the way, take note of the cool little minute-long draft profiles from SBN NFL that are embedded with these picks. It’s been Michael Bean’s personal project to make these videos happen, and let us know what you think of them! -barnerburner-
First off, I want to say that if VinnySteel had not decided to go for the triple-TE threat for the Patriots, Coby Fleener absolutely would’ve been the pick here. Right now the New York Giants have got a bunch of guys that seem like they could all be decent role players at the TE position, but Fleener would’ve instantly upgraded it and given them an ultra-athletic headliner that would’ve made everyone better.
But no harm, no foul that Vinny picked Fleener ahead of us. We can deal with it and look back at what is still on our draft board and what value stands out.
And as we look at it, one name is standing out right now…
With the 32nd pick in the 2012 BTSC Community Mock Draft, the New York Giants select Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor.
The Giants still need to get younger on their O-line, so someone like Peter Konz was briefly considered here. I also did momentarily consider adding even more strength to the Giants’ D-line and taking Chandler Jones, just for the fun of it. They did lose one of their starting CBs, Aaron Ross, in free agency, so Janoris Jenkins was also considered here. And Ross’s departure does leave a bigger void than Mario Manningham’s departure left at WR (the void that Wright would ostensibly be filling).
But Wright grades out as a better prospect than either Jenkins/Jones/Konz/or anyone else on the board right now.
Linebacker was the only position where I would’ve considered taking a 1st round-caliber prospect, even if he graded out lower than Wright. I know they traded with the Bengals to acquire Keith Rivers, and that could be all that they needed to shore up the position, but they literally had bums off the street playing there this past season (in late November, they pulled Chase Blackburn away from being a middle school substitute math teacher, but he repaid them by intercepting Tom Brady and being one of their Super Bowl heroes). Though as I wrote last year, with the talent that they’ve stockpiled on their D-line and in their secondary, they could go with bums off the street again at LB and it still may not matter.
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