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Giants Select TCU DE/LB Devonte Fields in Walter Football’s 2015 Mock Draft — Yes, Seriously

May 12th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The 2014 NFL Draft ended a little less than 48 hours ago and already some experts are looking ahead. And no, we're not talking about the draft grades that are already being handed out, but rather a full year ahead — all the way to the 2015 NFL Draft.

Walter Football was among a handful of outlets that have already begun publishing their 2015 mock drafts — yes, seriously — and right out of the gate they have the New York Giants selecting TCU defensive end/outside linebacker Devonte Fields with their first-round pick.

New York Giants: Devonte Fields, DE/OLB, TCU

Damontre Moore will have a big role this year. If he doesn't come through, the Giants will focus on finding a new pass-rusher the following spring. A defensive end might actually be an option regardless, actually, considering New York's draft strategy.

Perhaps more interesting than the pick itself is where they have the Giants selecting: at No. 9 overall sans a trade, which means Walter Football (at least in this mock) believe the Giants will have a rather awful season and finish even worse than they did in 2013.

But not everyone at Walter Football was pessimistic. Charlie Campbell had the Giants finishing around the middle of the pack, picking No. 15 overall.

New York Giants: Jalen Mills, CB, LSU

This is a critical year for Prince Amukamara with the Giants. New York may be in the market for a corner early next offseason.

Mills had 67 tackles, three passes broken up, three sacks and three interceptions in 2013. The 6-foot, 185-pounder flashed some serious potential in 2012 when he was named a First-Team Freshman All-American by numerous media outlets. Mills won a starting job opposite Tharold Simon and was impressive in SEC action. Mills contributed 57 tackles, two interceptions and five passes broken up that year. He should improve in 2014.

As for the picks themselves… Well, it's hard to offer any sort of analysis when you have no idea how the upcoming NFL and NCAA seasons with shake out for the Giants, their cornerbacks and, of course, these two players.


Tags: Devonte Fields, Football, Jalen Mills, New York, New York Giants, NFL

14 Responses to “Giants Select TCU DE/LB Devonte Fields in Walter Football’s 2015 Mock Draft — Yes, Seriously”

  1.  Krow says:

    But 3 teams are already working on deals to move ahead of us to take him.

  2.  ERICHONIUS says:

    @anybody with questions about how injured the giants have been over the last 6 seasons.

    “Thats a bit of a stretch isnt it ? Truth is none of us know why the Giants players seem to succumb to injuries more than other teams . Is it perception or reality ?”

    As promised I have looked up some stats on injuries for the Giants. This is from Football Outsider’s Adjusted Games Lost stats.
    Season Giants Rank
    ’13 32*
    ’12 25
    ’11 26
    ’10 22
    ’09 14
    ’08 18
    ’07 ?
    ’06 ?

    *The worst injury season in NFL history by this metric

    The giants have been in the bottom half of the league for injuries according to Adjusted Games Lost for 5 of the last 6 seasons, the bottom third of the league for 4 of the last 6 seasons. Take in to consideration that in 2007 and 2006 we were decimated by injuries — likely in the bottom half of the league for injuries.

    this article talks about injuries to the giants drafted players:
    Statuses are as of 2013 season

    Out of the Giants 8 1st round draft picks, 5 have been derailed by injury. That alone should tell you what you need to know. Most of us would agree that 2007 was a good draft, most of those players contributed on a playoff run that ended with a superbowl victory. 5 of 8 of those players were derailed by injuries (not even counting Ahmad Bradshaw who was plagued by foot injuries [could argue 6/8]), 4 of 8 had their career cut short by major injury.

    First Round Picks:
    Aaron Ross Left Giants and returned; IR (injury many)
    Kenny Phillips Out of football (Major injury)
    Hakeem Nicks On Giants roster (Injury many)
    Jason Pierre-Paul On Giants roster (Major Injury)
    Prince Amukamara On Giants roster
    David Wilson On Giants roster (Major Injury)
    Justin Pugh On Giants roster

    Aaron Ross Left Giants and returned; IR (injury many)
    Steve Smith Out of football (Major injury)
    Jay Alford DT Out of football (Major injury)
    Zak DeOssie On Giants roster
    Kevin Boss TE Out of football (Major injury)
    Adam Koets Out of football (Major injury)
    Michael Johnson Out of football
    Ahmad Bradshaw Colts, IR (Major Injury with Colts)

    •  ERICHONIUS says:

      My question is what would you ask Jerry Reese to do? What would you ask him to improve? Is he supposed to look into the future and see these injuries coming?

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Many fans would insist on exactly that. They’d also insist that if only Gilbride had called a better game then we wouldn’t have had to run the play on which each of those guys were injured. You’re peeing into the wind. Rationality does NOT rule when it comes to these things.

    •  ERICHONIUS says:

      btw 8 first round draft picks INCLUDES this years! so really 5/7 first round picks since 2007 have been derailed by injury

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I do agree that we have had horrible injury luck. Realy one of these years we should get much luckier. But I do think we need to look at revamping our training methods in a Chip Kelly or Jom Harbough way. Whatever we are doing it’s not working and while lucky is a most of the reason I can’t help but think that our training methods at least have a small role in our injury issues. I definitely don’t blame JR on the player personnel side but do think him and TC share some blame for not overhauling our training methods.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Stanford and Oregon (now Philadelphia) training staffs have a remarkable record of preventing injuries based upon very football-specific training with an emphasis on flexibility, specifically directed strengths, and response to particular stresses that each position confronts in a typical game or practice.

        We should have stolen people from those staffs a long time ago.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I’ve never seen Walter Football but aren’t they infamous for being way off on most of what they predict? I remember guys here at Giants 101 saying their mock drafts were absurd (though that was a few years ago….maybe they’ve gotten better).

    We should have a great draft in 2015. We traded that Saints’ second pick for a first pick in the 2015 draft, as you all will remember. So two first round picks in 2015 in a draft that we already know will be deep in pass rushers (or some other position). We only have to worry about the rumors that 28 teams intend to trade up to select the top 28 players on our board since it is obvious that the league intends to punish John Mara for excluding Hard Knocks from the premises.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    GOAT, I fully agree that running back went from a BIG question mark to a major strength. Adding Jennings and Williams gives us two absolutely legitimate NFL lead running backs. And the apparent recovery of Wilson should give McAdoo a scary weapon that, unlike Gilbride, he will undoubtedly know how to use. Coughlin and Gilbride should be ashamed of how they treated that kid. It was like having a Ferrari in the garage but insisting it couldn’t be used because there wasn’t sufficient luggage space. Beyond stupid.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I appreciate Gillbride much more than most but I fully agree both Gillbride and TC were completely wrong in how they treated Wilson. We cut off our nose to spite our face last year. Once Brown was injured the only way were going to have an effective running game was Wilson. And the way they handled Wilson before he got hurt made it difficult for the Wilson to succeed. Not everyone needs tough love.

      I thinl Williams has a chain effect the probably pushes Holiday off the roster. With Williams there will be less carries avialble for Wilson even fi fully healthy. Since Wilson is likely going to not even plit carries using him as a special teams weapon on KR again makes a ton of sense. Let Beckham handle PR and the need for Holiday goes away.

  5.  turkish says:

    I just commented about Walter’s site to a close friend of mine who knows him (Walter) personally. Actually, we all grew up on the same street. While the content isn’t the best out there, the site is brilliant because he gets people clicking on his site ….a lot. While a 2015 mock draft is ridiculous, people still search and are VERY interested. Kind of like “Poor Eli”.

    •  turkish says:

      That said his personal analysis on players/teams is pretty solid. Stuff gets a little dated on there, but he does a good job. I think he nailed 8 1st round picks this year. Not bad.

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