Thursday night on ESPN2, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay engaged in a televised mock draft in which they alternated picks for each team in the first round. Once the show ended, they continued right through the second and third rounds. It was a fun exercise, and it resulted in a three-round mock draft based on which players Mel and Todd would pick if they were drafting for the teams they were assigned. Todd made the odd-numbered picks and Mel made the even-numbered ones. You can view the results here, if you went and signed up for that Insider subscription I've been bugging you to get.
Regardless, here's who they gave the New York Giants in the first three rounds:
Round 1 (Pick 12, Kiper): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Round 2 (Pick 43, McShay): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Round 3 (Pick 74, Kiper): Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
Fair enough. Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin and North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron were still on the board in the first round when Mel picked Donald, and if I were making the pick there I believe I'd have given them Martin. But Donald is a pick you could see the Giants making, and they do need to add quality depth on the defensive line as well as the offensive line. Donald is a fantastic player who could contribute right away in a rotation at defensive tackle and develop into a star.
Todd gives them their tight end in the second round, though as I plan to address later today, I don't think the Giants are as worried about tight end as a lot of people seem to be on their behalf. I may have gone with a center like Marcus Martin or even a tackle like Cyrus Kouandjio there, assuming I'd have taken Donald in the first round as this mock did.
And then in the third round comes the interior offensive lineman, which is obviously a short-term and a long-term need. I do not know enough about Jackson to answer specifically on him, but Mel surely does, and from my perspective it seems you could do worse than to add an SEC offensive lineman to your stable. I'd feel even better about this pick for the Giants if I thought Jackson could play center, which I admit I do not know.