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2015 NFL mock draft: Owamagbe Odighizuwa to New York Giants at No. 40

Steve Spagnuolo is back in charge of the Giants' defense, and the team could use some more young talent for him to work with.

The New York Giants are taking on a bit of a transition on a defensive unit that has not played up to its potential following the team's last Super Bowl win. Perry Fewell is out at defensive coordinator, replaced by Steve Spagnuolo, and Ed Valentine of Big Blue View is turning his attention to adding talent to that side of the ball with his second-round pick in our 2015 NFL mock draft.

40. Giants: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA

Valentine: After grabbing an offensive lineman (Brandon Scherff) in the first round to complete that group, it’s time to start adding players to a defense that needs the help. Odighizuwa is one of the handful of traditional 4-3 defensive ends in this draft, a player who can anchor against the run as well as rush the passer. The Giants have several other defensive needs, but Double O is good value here, and should add depth and talent to the Giants’ defensive front.

Dan Kadar, A player like Odighizuwa is the perfect scheme fit for the Giants. He’s a traditional 4-3 end with the power to hold the edge against the run, and enough quickness and speed to get into the backfield. Odighizuwa comes out of a UCLA 3-4 scheme that had him seal the edge against the run, and he did really well. Odighizuwa especially shined when they had four down linemen and they played him inside to take advantage of his quickness to split gaps. If he can stay healthy, getting Obdighizuwa at No. 40 is a good value.

Dan's Top 5 players remaining

  • 30. Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
  • 32. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
  • 33. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
  • 38. Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
  • 39. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

All picks from this mock draft

Giants picks

  • 1-9: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
  • 2-40: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA

Next up in the mock draft: the St. Louis Rams and Turf Show Times, making their second-round pick at noon ET.

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