Time for your daily dose of Daily Norseman Community Mock Drafting! Let's go right to our mock pal Mock Roger Goodell for yet another mock pick.
"With the eighteenth pick in the 2011 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the San Diego Chargers select..."
"...Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end, Purdue."
Kerrigan won the vote rather comfortably over the runner up, UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers. Remember how we were saying that this draft is really, really deep along the defensive line? Kerrigan is the eighth defensive end taken in the first eighteen picks and the third in a row in our draft (if you count Aldon Smith as a DE). But just like every other team that you readers selected a defensive lineman for, I like this pick for San Diego. A bolstered pass rush is a big part of what the Chargers need to get themselves back into the AFC playoff picture.
Up next on our mock clock: the GEEEEEEEEEEE-MEN! (Copyright Chris Berman.) The Giants
peed down their legs stumbled down the stretch after a 6-2 start last year, finishing 9-7 and narrowly missing the playoffs. Which means the Packers made it into the playoffs instead. And eventually won the Super Bowl. THANKS A LOT NEW YORK! (Yes, I'm still bitter.)
So where should the Giants look in the first round to get over the hump and back into the playoffs?
The Giants seem to be set at their offensive skill positions, even if Tiki Barber and Plaxico Burress don't come back to the team out of retirement and jail respectively. In fact, there aren't many glaring weaknesses with the team heading into the draft. But one of the few areas of concern for New York is at linebacker. Mathias Kiwanuka transitioned to defensive end, and Keith Bulluck isn't the same guy he was in Tennessee. New York won't have a shot at Von Miller with this pick, but there is still some solid talent available at LB that wouldn't be much of a stretch here.
The Giants also seem to be concerned with their lack of depth in some areas. While their offensive line was serviceable last year, a few of them are getting old. There are a lot of good value picks along the O-line left at #19. They could also use some depth in their secondary and maybe even the middle of their defensive line.
Special teams, especially punter, is a big need for the Giants as well thanks to the infamous DeSean Jackson Game. But those types are almost exclusively picked at the end of the draft, so don't look for anything in the first round.
Now it's your turn to drop some knowledge on us for the 19th time: who should the Giants pick? Do they add depth or simply take the best player available?
Picks Thus Far:
- Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton, quarterback, Auburn
- Denver Broncos - Patrick Peterson, cornerback, LSU
- Buffalo Bills - Marcell Dareus, defensive tackle, Alabama
- Cincinnati Bengals - Blaine Gabbert, quarterback, Missouri
- Arizona Cardinals - Von Miller, linebacker, Texas A&M
- Cleveland Browns - A.J. Green, wide receiver, Georgia
- San Francisco 49ers - Prince Amukamara, cornerback, Nebraska
- Tennessee Titans - Nick Fairley, defensive tackle, Auburn
- Dallas Cowboys - Tyron Smith, offensive tackle, USC
- Washington Redskins - Julio Jones, wide receiver, Alabama
- Houston Texans - Da'Quan Bowers, defensive end, Clemson
- Minnesota Vikings - Jake Locker, quarterback, Washington
- Detroit Lions - Robert Quinn, defensive end, North Carolina
- St. Louis Rams - Cameron Jordan, defensive end, California
- Miami Dolphins - Mark Ingram, running back, Alabama
- Jacksonville Jaguars - J.J. Watt, defensive end, Wisconsin
- New England Patriots - Aldon Smith, defensive end/outside linebacker, Missouri
- San Diego Chargers - Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end, Purdue