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BTSC 2011 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 19 -- New York Giants Select Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

Tip of the cap to paulamalu for his prompt selection at No. 19. We're moving along at a ncie enough clip where we could consider continuing on to Round 2 if we're collectively interested. Let's see how things progress this next week or so though first. Next up:the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, represented by Bringin' the Wood(ley). - Michael B. -


From what I hear from Big Blue View, the Giants' biggest need is at OL and CB, very similar to our situation. Some say that they need to go in the trenches, get a stud O-lineman and protect Eli. I somewhat concur, but what I've seen from our beloved Steelers, you can can still make still make it to the big dance with a sub-par O-line. No excuses, even if Eli isn't Big Ben. Anyways, that's besides the point. I'm saying that as much as people believe that the Giants will jump for joy at the fact that Anthony Castonzo from Boston College is still on the board, they will pick up AKEEM AYERS, linebacker from UCLA instead.

Sure, both starting tackles on the Giants, Harvey Diehl and Kareem McKenzie may be on the wrong side of 30. Sure, young William Beatty still might not have potential to fill their shoes. I still think, you have to go with defense. Why? I'm a defensive minded guy, and defense wins championships, right? Looking back at the previous first-round draft picks, 4 out of the 5 previous years' picks have been on the defensive side of the ball. I think it's safe to say, the Giants share the same philosophy I do.

Furthermore, Ayers has the potential to start from day one. He, aside from Von Miller, is the only quality linebacker, worthy enough to be taken in the first round. He can replace an aging Keith Bullock, and give the Giants the beastly strongside linebacker they need. I think Ayers would be a perfect for the Giants. Who knows, drafting him may be the first step to having a defense reminiscent of the great "Big Blue Wrecking Crew" that Lawrence Taylor dominated in the 80s.


Akeem Ayers Video Highlights:


BTSC 2011 Community Mock Draft Selections

  1. Carolina Panthers -- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
  2. Denver Broncos -- Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
  3. Buffalo Bills -- Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
  4. Cincinnati Bengals -- Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
  5. Arizona Cardinals -- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
  6. Cleveland Browns -- 'The Snow Cone Machine' A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
  7. San Francisco 49ers -- Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
  8. Tennessee Titans -- Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
  9. Dallas Cowboys -- Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
  10. Washington Redskins -- Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
  11. Houston Texans -- Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
  12. Minnesota Vikings -- Tyron Smith, OT, USC
  13. Detroit Lions -- JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
  14. St. Louis Rams -- Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
  15. Miami Dolphons -- Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Brooks Reed , DE, Arizona
  17. New England Patriots -- Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
  18. San Diego Chargers -- Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue