Todd McShay's latest mock draft is out and he has the Giants going best player available at 32. And it happens to be a linebacker.
McShay has the Giants selecting Nebraska OLB Lavonte David. The ESPN draft analyst also did a conference call with reporters today and I was able to ask him a Giants question. Today, I'm blogging his analysis of David. On Monday, I'll have a blog on his take on some other best player available candidates that could potentially be there for the Giants at 32.
Here's his take on David in his latest mock draft:
"The Giants might have bigger needs, but David is a great value and a perfect fit. He is one of the best pure football players in the entire draft, someone who could be plugged in on the weak side and allow Michael Boley to move to the middle."
On the conference call, McShay explained why David could be the best player available on the board for the Giants at 32.
"That was best player available in that scenario that made any sense," McShay said. "I actually don’t know if in their minds that they need to go and draft a linebacker. To me, David at 32 is a great value. I think he is one of the more underrated prospects in this entire draft."
McShay says David impressed him on film and that he has the Nebraska prospect as his top true outside linebacker in the draft.
"I'll be honest, I underrated him just based off of what I saw watching games during the season and just looking at his size and not thinking that maybe he'd be able to take on blocks and get through traffic at the next level," McShay said. "When I started watching tape of him, I'd get excited about the little things he's doing, his instincts, he is always around the ball. The more I watched, the more I really believe that he’s going to be ale to play at the next level and do it at a high level."
"He understands how to keep blockers off his body, when to take on blocks, when to slip blocks, because he is so instinctive, he is fast and athletic," McShay continued. "Don’t get me wrong but he plays even faster and more athletic than his numbers indicate. I was really impressed."
McShay said he initially gave David a "second, third-round grade and maybe thinking possibly a sub package-type player." But after watching six games of tape on David, McShay believes the linebacker will go anywhere between 25 to 40.
"He is a great fit for weakside linebacker in a typical 4-3 defense," McShay said.
In his mock draft in early March, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper had David going at 22 to the Browns. Here was his take on David earlier in the month:
"I'm not sure exactly how teams will use David, but the guy can flat-out play. The question on David was size, but he checked in at 233 pounds and didn't appear to lose a step in the workout phase, which made me rethink my second-round grade. David played smaller at Nebraska, but you won't find a guy that simply flew all over the field the way David did anywhere in the draft."
So tell us what you think of McShay's pick for the Giants.