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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