…either an offensive tackle or a wide receiver. Today we'll look at the OTs, tomorrow the wideouts.
New York knows it has no shot at Miami's Bryant "Mount" McKinnie, a 6-8, 343-pounder, but they had him in for a look anyway. Doesn't hurt to browse. McKinnie captured the Outland Trophy last season, a prize that recognizes the nation's best interior lineman. He'll be long gone by the time the Giants choose.
So, most likely, will Texas' Mike Williams. At 6-6, 375, he has the potential to be a truly dominant OT for years to come. He's explosive, quick for his size, mobile and agile…all reasons he probably won't last to the 15th pick.
That leaves our favorite, Arizona State's Levi Jones, who's 6-5, 305. He's a former walk-on who started his career on defense. Jones is a solid run blocker and is very competitive, often showing a mean streak. Boy, wouldn't the Giants love a little of that on their OL.
If the Giants stick to the plan and select Shockey in the first round, they could, should and will look OT in Round Two. There are two players that stand out in this area.
Florida's Mike Pearson is someone who has impressed the Giants. He's a junior eligible who's extremely athletic and quick off the ball. Pearson, 6-7, 305, is a smart player and an accomplished, polished pass protector who did well at the combine.
A questionable knee has hurt the status of Boston College's Marc Colombo. The 6-8, 313-pounder is more of a right tackle. He's very tall with fairly long arms. Colombo is a capable pass protector with good upper body strength.
So, here's the deal.
The Giants are going to take Jeremy Shockey in the first round. If he's not available, they'll select Levi Jones. If Shockey is there, they'll tab him and then choose Mike Pearson in the second round. Next time we're going to incorporate wide receivers, a definite position of need, into the mix.