With the thirty-second and final pick in the 2012 BGN Community Mock Draft, NYG_slater selects...
Chandler Jones: DE, Syracuse
Well that was easy. Like dangling crack in front of an addict. Let's see, Chandler Jones... 4.87 forty yard dash, 7.07 three cone drill, 4.38 twenty yard shuttle, 22 bench press repetitions, 35" vertical, 120" broad jump, 35.5 inch arms. Besides the forty time, Jones is longer, quicker, and stronger than Jason Pierre-Paul (4.71 forty yard dash, 7.18 3 cone, 4.67 shuttle, 19 bench, 30.5" vert, 115" broad, 34.5 inch arms). While Jones doesn't show as much explosiveness in his tape, he is still a long, athletic, pass rushing DE that Giants GM Jerry Reese covets. When you factor in the departure of Dave Tollefson, and the impending departure of Osi Umenyiora (I am skeptical they will get him to sign an extension for 2013) Chandler Jones is a perfect match at #32. Also, this pick lets the giants keep Mathias Kiwanuka at SAM, where he's blossoming.The other possible options I considered for the giants were: Doug Martin, Jerel Worthy, and Alshon Jeffery.
Martin would fill the void left by Jacobs, however, I think JR may look to add an RB later in the draft, which he has done many times (Bradshaw 7th round, Da'rel Scott 7th round, Andre Brown 4th round, Brandon Jacobs 4th round).
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Jerel Worthy is another player I think would be a fantastic addition to the Giants. If it weren't for the extreme value of Chandler Jones at 32, Worthy would have been my selection. Chris Canty is a cap casualty possibility in 2013 and Rocky Bernard is pretty long in the tooth. Furthermore, Marvin Austin, last year's 2nd round pick, tore his pectoral in camp and is now 2 years removed from playing a meaningful down of football. That would leave the Giants with only Linval Joseph as a proven starter. Ultimately, defensive tackle is going to be addressed in the draft and Worthy is an intriguing possibility.
Lastly, I considered Alshon Jeffery. If you checked out any BBV draft discussion, you'd have noticed a considerable following for Alshon Jeffery. Last year, Kiper had him ranked 4th overall on his big board. Jeffrey is a big body target at WR who can dominate when the ball is in the air. The knock against him is his speed and quickness. Can he get open in the NFL? Furthermore, are his weight issues a result of poor training/commitment/dedication. His weight at the combine was a "jenny craig 216" but he played all last year around 235. I'm passing on Jeffery in the first if Jones or Worthy are available. Also, the Giants still like Ramses Barden, and are expecting contributions from Jerrel Jernigan and Domenik Hixon. Factor in the future money owed to Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, I just don't see Jefferey or any other (realistic) WR happening at 32.
So back to Chandler Jones. Did I mention the Giants like to draft long, athletic, pass rushers? The Giants went to his pro day, spoke with him, and I imagine Marc Ross and Coughlin had to pry Reese away from Jones. The kid has all the measurables and athletic ability you'd want in a DE. Additionally, he's the youngest in a freakishly athletic and competitive family. (Arthur Jones, defensive end, Ravens. Jon "Bones" Jones, professional ass kicker, UFC.) Chandler can come in and learn from some of the best DE's in the game for a year or two. Then step out and try to outshine his two older brothers. It's the best scenario for Jones and the Giants, who, picking at 32, aren't likely to find a prospect with such a huge upside and payoff. In all honesty, I'm shocked to find Jones available at 32 and doubt he falls this far on Thursday. Mike Mayock recently had Jones listed as the 9th highest rated prospect overall for this years draft. So yeah, the rich get richer. Go Giants!
That's it for this year's BGN Community Mock Draft! Thanks to all who participated, both in writing and voting. Make sure to check back here tomorrow for the results page and the mock winner announcement!
Previous Picks: #1 Andrew Luck, #2 Robert Griffin III, #3 Morris Claiborne, #4 Trent Richardson, #5 Matt Kalil, #6Justin Blackmon, #7 Melvin Ingram, #8 Ryan Tannehill, #9 Michael Floyd, #10 Dre Kirkpatrick, #11 David DeCastro, #12Courtney Upshaw, #13 Luke Kuechly, #14 Fletcher Cox, #15 Quinton Coples, #16 Mark Barron, #17 Stephon Gilmore, #18Riley Reiff, #19 Janoris Jenkins, #20 Nick Perry, #21 Kendall Wright, #22 Stephen Hill, #23 Cordy Glenn, #24 Dont'a Hightower, #25 Jonathan Martin, #26 Dontari Poe, #27 Michael Brockers, #28 Devon Still, #29 Peter Konz, #30 Coby Fleener, #31 Whitney Mercilus