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2015 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants Select Randy Gregory

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As we start the second quarter of our 2015 NFL Mock Draft, we have our old friends, the New York Giants, on the clock. The Giants had a pretty rough season in 2014, and "thecraphead," who is running things for the Giants in this scenario, is going to try to fix them the way several other GMs have attempted to fix their teams thus far. . .by attempting to upgrade the pass rush.

With the ninth pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the New York Giants select. . .

Randy Gregory, defensive end, University of Nebraska

Here is the explanation behind the pick, which I must have missed the first time.

I realize the Giants have a few other clear needs outside of pass rusher....with OL and WR being chief among them. So Brandon Scherff and DeVante Parker, whom I like better than Kevin White, were considerations here as well. But this is the Giants we are talking about...a team whose defense relies heavily on QB pressure from the front. As a result, this came down to Missouri's Shane Ray, and Nebraska's Randy Gregory for me. While an argument can certainly be made that Ray might be the slightly better fit schematically for a 4-3 defense, Randy Gregory is the superior talent in my eyes and I am a big proponent of taking the best talent you can. I know some are concerned with his failing a drug test at the combine, and while it was clearly a mistake, the kid was upfront and honest about saying he made a mistake. In the end, being able to get who I feel is the best pash rusher in the draft at #9 was too good to pass on.

My Thoughts

In terms of pure ability, Gregory might be the best defensive end in this year's class. However, there are numerous red flags that pop up when his name is discussed. He had quite a few injury issues during his time with the Cornhuskers that caused him to miss some game time. And, of course, there's the revelation that he tested positive for marijuana at the 2015 Scouting Combine. . .because, you know, it's pretty tough to prepare for a test that you know is coming months in advance. However, from a purely on-the-field standpoint, if Gregory has his head screwed on straight, he could be a key piece to leading a resurgence in the Giants' pass rush. We'll have to see if that's the case.

What do you think of this selection, ladies and gentlemen?

Pick Team General Manager Pick
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers kwarren3 Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2 Tennessee Titans BVB fan Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
3 Jacksonville Jaguars n s Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal
4 Oakland Raiders DrivableGuide9 Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
5 Washington Redskins tep4 Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
6 New York Jets cycloneallnightlong Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
7 Chicago Bears lateefthetruthspeaker Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
8 Atlanta Falcons berg03 Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
9 New York Giants thecraphead Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
10 St. Louis Rams VikesFanatic
11 Minnesota Vikings e.vogel15
12 Cleveland Browns Wayne Joseph
13 New Orleans Saints Austin Blanch
14 Miami Dolphins SkolChad
15 San Francisco 49ers Malte
16 Houston Texans Vikes4lyfe
17 San Diego Chargers MDFDisc
18 Kansas City Chiefs Zach_The_Gamecock
19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) Wayne Joseph
20 Philadelphia Eagles AVeazey24
21 Cincinnati Bengals misterloveSKOL
22 Pittsburgh Steelers Typically Lazy
23 Detroit Lions just_rob
24 Arizona Cardinals Siberia101
25 Carolina Panthers SweetTooth
26 Baltimore Ravens lmoe12
27 Dallas Cowboys paulser21
28 Denver Broncos SpencerN
29 Indianapolis Colts CCNorseman
30 Green Bay Packers CCHOF5yearstoolate
31 New Orleans Saints (from Seattle) Austin Blanch
32 New England Patriots raging_cloner