2012 POD Mock Draft: New York Giants Select Kendall Wright

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Kendall Wright #1 of the Baylor Bears runs during a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

With the 32nd pick of Pride of Detroit's 2012 NFL mock draft, the New York Giants select Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright. TuffLynx is serving as the Giants' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.

Selecting in the last spot of the first round of the draft is always an exercise in patience and frustration. You watch as players repeatedly get taken that you are hoping will drop to you. I wanted to draft an offensive lineman for the Giants, but all the players I really like were already picked. I am not a big fan of Mike Adams because he lacks work ethic and that would not sit well at all with Tom Coughlin. Adams is just not the type of player that the Giants pick.

I considered taking Chandler Jones because he is the highest rated player left on my board. I just couldn't justify it based on the quality of the defensive ends that are already on the Giants roster. Certainly there is a concern about the recent injury history of Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. There is also the possibility that Umenyiora will wear out his welcome with his harping about salary. Since Jason Pierre-Paul has pushed Umenyiora to a rotational player, he may want to find greener pastures to ply his services since he will not make the big bucks coming off the bench. In the end, I decided that the Giants just wouldn't get enough quality snaps from Chandler Jones to justify the pick.

The best value left in the draft that would significantly help the Giants win games is Kendall Wright. Losing Mario Manningham to the 49ers left the Giants offense without a receiver that can stretch the field. Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are more about yards after the catch than taking the top off a defense. Kendall Wright has the talent and the speed to step in and replace Mario Manningham from opening day. In fact, he is a significant improvement over Manningham at this stage of their careers. He will help the Giants remain a contender.

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