We are now up to pick No. 19 in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft. Once again, this is a reminder that I will be attempting to post three picks every day until we get through round two. This will likely take us into the week of the 2013 NFL Draft, so feel free to consider this a sort of countdown.
Explanation: The biggest weaknesses on the Giants roster are on the offensive line and back seven in the defense. They don't possess a true shut down CB, but if the defensive line is putting pressure on the opposing quarterback, the current crop in the secondary should be just fine with Prince Amukamara, Corey Webster, Jaron Hosely and Terrell Thomas being a part of the depth chart. In addition to that, CB is deep in this draft and there will be opportunity to select a CB on Day Two.
This pick came down to two players for me, Alabama RT D.J. Fluker and Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree. David Diehl is currently slotted in to be the starter on the right side, with former fourth round pick in 2011 James Brewer pushing for playing time in camp. The Giants offensive line is old, with LT Will Beatty being the youngest starter at 28 years old. When you have a prize franchise QB in Eli Manning, you need to do everything possible to protect him and Fluker would have helped in that regard, in addition to be a mauling run blocker in the run game. But, since Fluker was the selection right before the Giants turn, the second biggest need was help at the middle linebacker spot which has been pieced together in recent years with the likes of Chase Blackburn.
Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree has a ton of off-field issues, and the Giants have always steered clear from players with any sort of red flags off the field, especially after the Plaxico Burress situation. But Ogletree is far too talented to pass up here at a position of need and fits perfectly in the Giants scheme were the middle linebacker is often used to play in coverage against opposing teams tight ends. Ogletree is a former safety and is one of the best coverage linebackers that have been scouted in a long time, in addition to having sideline to sideline speed that aids in the run game. Ogletree can immediately take over the middle linebacker spot creating competition at both OLB spots with Dan Conner, Stephon Paysinger, Keith Rivers and Jaquian Williams being the only other LB's on the roster (Mathias Kiwanuka will be a full time DE in 2013).
Trevor Woods: As highlighted by NEBraves33, the Giants may shy away from a player with a checkered past like Ogletree. Getting past that issue, Ogletree would be a welcome addition to the Giants linebacking corps. He would be an upgrade right off the bat over Dan Connor, and would push Keith Rivers for his job too. I think he would be a starter week one. If it wasn't for some character concerns Ogletree would be a definite top fifteen selection; The risk is worth it here.
Nick Chiamardas: Solid pick here by NEBravesFan33. Ogletree and Arthur Brown are without a doubt the drafts top middle linebackers. What I like about this pick is what NEBraves33 pointed out above: Ogletree is a former safety and is very familiar with dropping into coverage. Ogletree does have some off-field concerns, but he'd be joining a strong looker room and a head coach that doesn't put up with distractions. Other picks I think the Giants might consider here would be safety Jonathan Cyprien or tight end Tyler Eifert.
Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1
- Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
- Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
- Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
- Cleveland Browns -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
- Arizona Cardinals -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
- Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
- New York Jets -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama [Explanation]
- Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
- San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
- Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
- Carolina Panthers -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
- New Orleans Saints -- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri [Explanation]
- Pittsburgh Steelers -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Dallas Cowboys -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama [Explanation]
- New York Giants -- Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia