The 2010 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft is underway, with each SB Nation blogger making selections for their respective teams. CJ Mulrain, a blogger at SB Nation's New York Giants blog, Big Blue View, checks in to make the No. 15 overall selection in this year's mock. Take it away, sir!
With the No. 15 overall pick in the 2010 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft, the New York Giants have selected Derrick Morgan, defensive end, Georgia Tech.
CJ Mulrain says: The Giants biggest need in this draft is at linebacker, but with Rolando McClain off the board, there just aren't any linebackers worthy of being taken with the 15th pick. With the recent news that Kenny Phillips likely won't be ready for training camp (and really, who knows if he'll ever be fully healthy again), I would have considered a safety here had Earl Thomas fallen. DT Brian Price is also an option, but when it comes down to it, Morgan is just a better player.
The Giants have a bunch of needs on defense, and with the way this draft has gone, Derrick Morgan is simply the best defensive player left on the board. Morgan is a top 10 talent who has dropped because of needs by the teams picking ahead of the Giants, not because of doubts about his abilities. As the Giants proved when they won the Super Bowl 2 years ago, you can never have too many pass rushers. And with the uncertainty regarding Osi Umenyiora's future with the team hanging in the air, adding a talented young pass rusher who also can defend the run like Morgan makes a lot of sense.
Mocking Dan reacts: Ideally, the Giants probably really want McClain or Thomas to fall to them. But since they're gone, and Morgan seems to be the best defensive player available, this is a good pick. Morgan can contribute immediately and is a three-down defensive end.
Mocking the Draft's Top 5 remaining prospects: 1 - Dez Bryant/WR/Oklahoma State, 2 - Everson Griffen/DE/USC, 3 - Jermaine Gresham/TE/Oklahoma 4 - Anthony Davis/OT/Rutgers 5 - Sergio Kindle/OLB/Texas
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