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Gang Green Nation Community Mock Draft Pick #15

Up next is one of our favorite members, Crackback, picking for the crosstown rival Giants.

With the fifteenth pick in the Gang Green Nation Community Mock Draft, Crackback picks for the New York Giants...

Derrick Morgan

The Giants need a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball. Last year they were marred by injury and were quite simply outschemed. The general consensus is they need help right down the middle of their defense (DT, MLB, S). They addressed safety with the signing of Rolle and the (hopeful) return of Phillips. The only MLB worthy of consideration with this pick was McClain, who is no longer on the board. They were once known for there formidable pass rush, but injuries to Tuck and Osi (still recovering from knee injury) slowed their pass rush considerably last season. Many say a good DT would help to improve their rush. I disagree. The hiring of Fewell will improve their scheme tremendously, which by all accounts lacked imagination and creativity last year. DT was not a weakness. Morgan is projected to a dominant NFL DE. At 6'4" 270, he certainly fits the prototypical mold for a 4-3 DE. He is well rounded and can play both the run and the pass. By grabbing him here, the Giants not only instantly improve their rush, but they improve their defense as a whole. This move also allows them to rid themselves of malcontent Osi, and gives them flexibility when dealing with Kiwi's free agency next season. With this pick you want an impact player. The Giants just got themselves arguably the most impactful player of the draft.

My reaction:

This pick makes perfect sense to me. The core of that championship Giants team in 2007 was a dominant defensive line. The men in blue have organizational philosophies that a great defense starts with a great pass rush and a team can never have too many pass rushers. Getting to the quarterback can hide a lot of problems in coverage. Morgan is good value at this pick and is stout enough to be a three down lineman right out of the gate. As Crack says, Umenyiora is a giant question mark right now so this is a bit of insurance.

David's reaction:

I think the Giants would have loved to have McClain fall to them here, and if he was here, that would be the obvious choice because linebacker is their most glaring need. I did contemplate making an argument for an offensive lineman, like a Davis or Iupati, but in the end I like the selection because of the value that it presents. Most mocks have Morgan as a top 10 talent. Morgan has some serious talent, and he has dropped enough. However, if the Giants felt good about either Davis or Lupati they should probably go in that direction IMO.

What do you guys think? Did Crackback hit his pick out of the park?