For the nineteenth pick in the second-annual Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, TheDealio selected for the New York Giants, who have the standard three picks available. Here is the pick...
With the nineteenth pick in the 2011 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the New York Giants select...
Akeem Ayers, OLB, ULCA
Drafting Akeem Ayers was not an easy Decision. Coming into the combine, Ayers was thought to be a possible top 15 pick. However Ayers was supremely disappointing at the combine with a "as fast as my grandma in a wheelchair on a gradual slope" 4.8 40yrd dash. While OLB is certainly the Giants most pressing need, The NYG certainly had other needs they could fill. They need help along the offensive line at various positions, they also in theory could have drafted a RB in case Brandon Jacobs and his partner in mediocrity Amhad Bradshaw take off via free agency.
So why did I take Ayers for the Giants? First of all, I posted a poll on Big Blue View and Ayers was voted #1... after guys like Pouncey, T. Smith, & Castanzo, but over guys like Martez Wilson. Which brings me to my second point, namely that Carsonorbust started an earlier than expected run on the lineman by selecting Tyron Smith for the Vikings. Next thing I know, everyone I was targeting came off the board before my pick. Seriously people? The top RB Ingram was off the board, all the lineman I wanted were gone, and even DL tweeners that were given support on BBV like Cameron Jordan and JJ Watt came off.
So I was left with a choice. Take the 3rd or 4th best offensive lineman (Nate Solder) or grab the best available prospect at LB. I chose 3-4 OLB prospects so it came down to two guys: Akeem Ayers and Martez Willson. Martez Wilson recently came into the first round picture by showing he is the far superior athlete to Ayers. Wilson ran around a 4.55 at the combine and posted better numbers across the board. Still, Ayers is thought to be the most technically sound of all the 4-3 OLB prospects in this draft and the film doesn't lie. Also, Wilson is projected as a MLB... and all I could think of was Rey Rey looking out of place at OLB.
In an ideal world, I think I would move down or up a couple of slots if this scenario unfolds on draft day. Still, with these parameters in place: The Giants pick up Akeem Ayers from ULCA at #19.
Akeem Ayers Highlights:
|#||Team||Picked By||Name/Positon of Pick|
|1||Carolina||James Shively||Nick Fairley / DT|
|2||Denver||sexsalad||Patrick Peterson / CB
|3||Buffalo||Elguapo09||Von Miller / OLB
|4||Cincinnati||Jason Garrison +2||A.J. Green / WR
|5||Arizona||Broski||Da'Quan Bowers / DE
|6||Cleveland||Joe Goodberry||Marcell Dareus / DL
|7||San Francisco||Heybrown||Prince Amukamara / CB|
|8||Tennessee||Oxalis||Cam Newton / QB|
|9||Dallas||Jim0ijk||Robert Quinn / DE|
|10||Washington||Pardon_My_French||Blaine Gabbert / QB|
|11||Houston||Joe27||Julio Jones / WR|
|12||Minnesota||CarsonOrBust||Tyron Smith / OL|
|13||Detroit||The_Black_Stripes||Cameron Jordan / DL|
|14||St. Louis||Jaegner||Aldon Smith / DE|
|15||Miami||JaredM||Mark Ingram / RB|
|16||Jacksonville||Whodatchemsit||JJ Watt / DE|
|17||New England (from Oakland / Seymour)||UpStateMike||Anthony Castonzo / OT|
|18||San Diego||Quickslant||Mike Pouncey / OG|
|19||TheDealio||Akeem Ayers / OLB|
|20||Tampa Bay||Doc Scratch|
|32||Green Bay||Sean Weaver|
|33||New England (from Carolina /)||UpStateMike|
|35||Cincinnati||Jason Garrison +2|
|46||Denver (from Miami /)||sexsalad|
|51||Tampa Bay||Doc Scratch|
|61||San Diego (from NYJets /)||Quickslant|
|64||Green Bay||Sean Weaver|
|66||Cincinnati||Jason Garrison +2|
|72||New Orleans (from Washington /)||FriarBob|
|74||New England (from Minnesota /)||UpStateMike|
|83||New York Giants||TheDealio|
|84||Tampa Bay||Doc Scratch|
|89||San Diego (from Seattle /)||Quickslant|
|94||New York Jets||Polo_614|
|96||Green Bay||Sean Weaver|