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Mike Mayock Likes Zack Martin, Mike Evans, Eric Ebron for New York Giants with 12th Pick

May 2nd, 2014 at 12:55 PM
By Doug Rush

With less than a week left until the start of the 2014 NFL Draft and the start of the first round, many people around football have speculated as to what the New York Giants will do with their first round pick.

There have been four different positions with a ton of potential players that the Giants have been linked to over the last two months with several different mock drafts; defensive tackle Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh has been one of the more recent popular names to come up over the last couple weeks for the Giants at the 12th pick.

Then there are the two most popular names over the last two months, especially since the NFL Scouting Combine back in February; wide receiver Mike Evans from Texas A&M and tight end Eric Ebron from North Carolina. The Giants were in attendance for both Evans and Ebron's pro days last month and the level of interest in both players has reportedly been very high from the Giants.

The other player who seems to be in a lot of scouts mock drafts for the Giants is Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin, who can play all over the line and give any team versatility and options, which is what Mike Mayock from the NFL Network said on Thursday during a national media conference call and told Giants 101 that Martin would be a great pick for the team, but also felt that Evans and Ebron would be great picks for the Giants as well if they were there at 12.

"I think the logical three candidates for them are either (Notre Dame OL) Zack Martin, (North Carolina TE) Eric Ebron or the wide receiver (Mike) Evans (from Texas A&M). I'm not sure how this draft is going to fall. I know that you can take Zack Martin. Of course, they signed Charles Brown and John Jerry, but Martin could play  guard, he could play center, he could play tackle.  If he's there — and I don't think he's going to be — will the wideout Evans be there, I think there's a good chance he won't be. I look at it and go where Eric Ebron goes. I think that would be a great pick. They need somebody in today's world, I don't care if it's wideout or tight end, I just want an offensive weapon, and that's what he is."

There has been some speculation about the Giants potentially trading up to take Evans in the first round, but considering the fact that Jerry Reese has never traded up in the first round of the draft since taking over in 2007, the chance of the Giants making a trade to jump up is slim to none and they stay with the 12th overall pick and take the best available player when they are on the clock and if Evans and Ebron are both gone, Martin could be the guy that the Giants, especially since Martin can play all five spots on the offensive line and if selected, could start for them in Week 1.

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6 Responses to “Mike Mayock Likes Zack Martin, Mike Evans, Eric Ebron for New York Giants with 12th Pick”

  1.  Nosh.0 says:

    A name to keep an eye on in round 2 or 3.

    Center – Weston Richburg, Colorado State: Though Richburg joined Swanson in starting 50 games at the college level, the general public did not receive a proper introduction until the Rams’ New Mexico Bowl win over Washington State. Richburg was a driving force in his team’s 48-point offensive explosion that day, an effort that included 228 yards on the ground.

    Athleticism’s not a concern here — Richburg topped all centers at the combine with a 5.1 40 time, and he played both linebacker and QB in high school.

    “If a team is looking for the next Alex Mack,” NFL.com draft guru Gil Brandt wrote last month, “Richburg is that guy. He’ll be your starting center for the next 10 years.”

  2.  Michael Cervellino says:

    I was extremely worried about the center position, but I’ve heard a rumor several times that the Giants had thought about moving Pugh to center, and possibly Zack Martin if he is drafted. Before everyone dismisses that, it came from several people who are employed as player agents across several sports, including football. I know it may sound implausible, but you never know. Richburg is an outstanding player, but there are a few holes in his game, not the least of which is the fact that he is 298 lbs and lacks some anchor strength and may struggle with stronger nose tackles. Alex Mack is about 312 lbs if I’m not mistaken. You would have to get Richburg in round 2 or 3 and frankly the only center worth a pick that high may be Marcus Martin of USC. The truth of the matter is that the Giants desperately need impact playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, and although this is a deep draft for receivers, the true difference makers will be found in rounds 1-3. I’d say this will be an offensive draft in rounds 1-4 unless Aaron Donald is too hard to pass up.

  3.  GmenMania says:

    Is there no G101 Mock Draft contest this year?

  4.  Michael Cervellino says:

    As an addendum, examples of offensive difference makers who could be had when the Giants pick in each of the first three rounds would be WR’s Mike Evans (1), Brandon Cooks (1), Odell Beckham (1), Cody Latimer (1), Allen Robinson (2), Jordan Matthews (2), Donte Moncrief (2), Paul Richardson (3).. TE’s Eric Ebron (1), Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (2), Troy Niklas (2), and Jace Amaro (2).. RB’s Carlos Hyde (2), Jeremy Hill (2/3), Bishop Sankey (2/3).. I would think we need to get some combination of any two of these players minimally, as well as an offensive lineman or two, a defensive lineman, another linebacker, and perhaps look at a safety at some point. But I see 2 or 3 offensive playmakers as an absolute necessity and will judge the success of this draft upon procurement of these players.

    •  JT Jumbo says:

      I agree with you. I think they need to add 3 offensive weapons. 1st Mike Evans, 2nd and 3rd can be Tre Mason and Jace Amaro or Troy Niklas. I know Oline isn’t spectacular but our offensive weapons behind Cruz are worse than what is starting on the Oline right now.

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