With less than 24 hours to go until the start of the NFL Draft and the start of the first round on Thursday night, the rampant rumors and speculation on what teams will do will only continue to grow up until the Houston Texans are announced that they are on the clock.
The names that have been linked to the New York Giants have mostly been ones on the offensive side of the ball with their 12th overall selection; Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan, Eric Ebron, Mike Evans, Zack Martin. It makes sense for the Giants to look to draft offense, especially since John Mara considered the offense to be broken from last year and thus, adding young talent around Eli Manning would prevent the disaster that was the 2013 season.
But there have been some defensive names linked to the Giants as well, not many, but a few. The most popular one has been Aaron Donald, but some think that he could get picked before the Giants are on the clock at #12. Now, there's another name that can be added to the mix, as Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger has reported that Alabama middle linebacker C.J. Mosley told the media that if he fell to the 12th pick, the Giants told him that they would consider taking him.
Alabama's C.J. Mosley said the #Giants told him he'd be in consideration if he falls to 12. Giants told him they see Mosley as day 1 starter— Conor Orr (@ConorTOrr) May 7, 2014
How's that for unexpected? Even the professionals at euro palace casino couldn't have put good odds on that.
It's extremely interesting to hear Mosley say that the Giants would be interested in him, especially considering they already have a middle linebacker on their team in Jon Beason who has not only regained his once Pro Bowl form in 2013 after being acquired from the Carolina Panthers this past October, but the Giants also locked up Beason for the next three years to be their starting middle linebacker, so unless the Giants view Mosley as an outside linebacker, the interest seems odd.
Also throw in the fact that the Giants haven't drafted a linebacker in the first round going all the way back to when the Giants took Carl Banks in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft 30 years ago. There have been years where the Giants could and really should have drafted a linebacker in the first round in the past, but decided against it to take other positions.
Now the Giants could always throw everyone for a loop and take Mosley, but given the fact that the Giants have already dropped hints in the past that they are targeting an offensive heavy draft, it would be a shocker to see the Giants take Mosley in the first round on Thursday night.
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