With the ninth pick in the 2015 Arrowhead Pride mock draft, New York Giants GM How To: Sabotage selects...
Michigan State CB Trae Waynes
The Giants could go a few different directions with the ninth pick in this years draft. They have needs among the offensive line at OT and OG, WR, and pretty much any position on defense could use an upgrade. The Giants of the late 2000's were known for their dominant front four (as seen in the '07 and '11 Super Bowls) so adding another talented pass rusher is something to look at. After a glance at the numbers it appears that outside of Jason Pierre-Paul (who finished with 12.5 sacks), it was a true team effort as the next closest player only had seven sacks (a combination of 12 other players filled in the other 27.5 sacks). Adding another top pick to this position group would increase the overall talent up-front but also provide some insurance in case JPP leaves next year. I would also note that New York finished poorly in run defense last year so finding a good run-stopping defender up front should be addressed, just not in the first round.
Many of the perceived problems with the offensive line seemed slightly overblown as they finished tied for 21st with 30 sacks given up, 23rd in rush yards, seventh in passing yards, 13th in scoring, and 10th in total yards. While you can definitely improve the offensive line to help your rushing attack and pass protection, it seemed that Eli & Co. were fully capable of moving the ball, especially through the air. Their biggest need on the offensive line seems to be LG, which is a position I believe you can find in later rounds.
Adding another playmaker on the outside seems like something the fan base is very interested in, even with the return of Victor Cruz. In this scenario however, both Cooper and White are off the board and unless the Giants want to take DeVante Parker, they will look for wideout help in later rounds.
From the outside looking in, it seems the Giants don't really value linebackers very high. They seem far more invested in the front and back of the defense and not as much in the middle, which to a degree makes sense, however it may also be a reflection of their poor run defense last year. Based on their draft history and perceived positional value of linebackers in their defense, one in first round can pretty much be ruled out. Not to mention, there really is no linebacker rated highly enough to be taken with the 9th overall pick.
So that brings us to the secondary. The cabinet is incredibly bare at safety and while cornerback isn't quite as dire, injuries, soon expiring contracts, and lack of depth make this position one to be looked at. Landon Collins is the only viable safety to be a first round selection and while I like Collins as a prospect, I just don't see him as a top 10 talent.
Cornerback is a higher valued position and the top corner in the draft is still on the board. Considering the Giants currently have both Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB doesn't seem like a huge need. But with players battling injuries and Amukamara's contract expiring after the season, getting the top corner on the board seems like a viable option.
Mock draft order
9. Giants - CB Trae Waynes