NFL Draft Grades: The New York Giants

If you’re looking for exciting trades, marquee players and questionable picks sure to spark controversy, you’ve come to the wrong place (If that’s your thing don’t worry the Jets grade is coming soon). However, if you are looking for an organization built upon consistency, calm under pressure, an unwillingness to make flashy moves and two of the last four Super Bowl rings, then the Giants are the team for you.

With Brandon Jacobs gone the G-Men look to first round pick David Wilson to help carry the load.

First Round-Pick No. 32 David Wilson RB, Virginia Tech

One thing I never want to do is lie to our readers. I am not a fan of college football, so if I told you glowing things about this Hokie it would be all based on conjecture and second hand information from ESPN experts. What I can tell you is that the Giants needed a running back. Big Blue parted ways with Brandon Jacobs this off season and backups like DJ Ware and Da’Rel Scott not looking like the solution this should have been a top priority on the Giants board. While many have glowing opinions of Ahmad Bradshaw, this writer does not. He is above average, but not a top ten back and has shown a propensity for foot injuries. Wilson can also provide help on special teams. In 2007 Bradshaw and Hixon provided a spark in the return game and hopefully Wilson will do the same. Wilson was the ACC Offensive Player of the Year as he generated 1,709 yards with nine touchdowns on 290 carries. He posted ten 100-yard rushing games and at 5′-9″ and 205 lbs looks to be a wrecking ball at the next level.

Second Round- Pick No. 63 Rueben Randle WR, LSU

How do you replace the man who made the catch that won the Super Bowl? Draft a steal in the late second round. Mario Manningham had a solid career in Big Blue serving as a reliable second or third option for quarterback Eli Manning and proved the value of depth in the receiving core in the playoffs as teams focused on Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Even with the loss of Manningham, the receiving core is still a strength of the Giants because in part of their quarterback. Perhaps the Giants overvalued Randle, but when they passed on him they believed they missed their only shot at the wide receiver. “He’s NFL-ready – he runs the entire route tree,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “In this day and age in college football, it’s all about the spread offense, and

Rueben Randle practicing his salsa? Giants fans hope so.

guys don’t run the full tree. This kid runs the full tree. He kind of looks like a big, pro wide receiver out there with how he runs routes. I think he’s going to be a quick fit into the offense with how he plays; he’s big, he can post guys up.”

Third Round- Pick No. 194 Jayron Hosley CB, Virginia Tech

In today’s NFL every team needs help in the secondary. Teams are airing it out like never before and with the Giants’ potent pass rush they need players who can create coverage sacks and take advantage of poor throws which result from the pressure. Corey Webster and Aaron Ross had an excellent season with 10 picks between them, but Ross is now in Jacksonville. Prince Amukamara showed some flashes in his rookie season, but got burned on a few routes and was benched in several games. There is room for Hosley in the Giants’ secondary and as a contributor on special teams. This pick may not be a home run, but it adds depth and Tom Coughlin likes the character of the 5’10” corner. “He’s a very competitive and feisty guy,” said Coughlin. Fans saw what that spirit can bring to the team when Chase Blackburn returned and created a spark.

Fourth Round- Pick No. 127 Adrien Robinson TE, Cincinnati

Up until this pick everything made sense. The Giants’ front office did a good job of identifying areas of need and finding multi-tool guys who can help the team. This was the one pick where they reached just a bit. Robinson, who only started one year with the Bearcats, is seen as a work in progress and was projected to go undrafted. He is an impressive athlete with surprising speed for his size, but needs to work on his blocking skills before he will see the field. Tight end was a position of need, but Jake Ballard and Bear Pascoe have proven to be dependable options at that position so Robinson has time to develop. “We really think this guy has a huge upside,” GM Jerry Reese said. “He is a big, big man; long arms. He didn’t catch a lot of balls for them. But he is kind of a late bloomer who has really come on. And we think this guy is kind of a JPP of tight ends.” Anytime you compare someone to JPP the fans will love it.

Fourth Round- Pick No. 131 Brandon Mosley OT, Auburn/Sixth Round Pick No. 201 Matt McCants OT, UAB

I’ll combine these two picks because let’s face it offensive line is important, but uninteresting. As we’ve seen over the past two seasons you can never have too many offensive linemen. The Giants have had to shuffle guys around as virtually everyone on the line has dealt with injuries. Neither one of these picks is projected to have an immediate impact. They will start far down on the depth chart and probably won’t see the field this season, although Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com called Mosley, “the third day gem.” Speaking candidly the third day in the draft is not something I paid attention to because after all we have baseball and basketball and hockey playoffs.

Seventh Round- Pick No. 239 Markus Kuhn DT, NC State

There are seven rounds? I’ll let Jerry Reese explain this pick: “He has only played a limited about of time,” Reese said of Kuhn. “But he is a gym rat: big, strong, tough, great to put in your D-line rotation. Obviously, he is still learning. I think he speaks three languages – something like that. But he is fun to watch. He is the Mitch Petrus of defensive tackles. He is a like a buzzsaw in there. He is big. I wouldn’t call him a pass rusher. But he stays busy in there and he is a slugger.” Not really sure how three languages factors into anything related to football, but he’s a seventh round pick.

GM Jerry Reese found plenty of value at the bottom of each round along with a couple starters to fill the void left in free agency.

Overall Grade: B

To be fair, when you’re the reigning champs it’s difficult to get an A drafting so late. The Giants placed a high priority on drafting versatile guys who can add depth. In a season where the G-Men were hampered by injuries we saw how important these late round guys can be. They will groom the raw athletes into future contributors while their early choices look to step into roles immediately. The best pick value-wise was the second round selection of Rueben Randle. I don’t predict a Victor Cruz-like rookie season, but I do think he will be a viable third option and fill in for Manningham nicely.

-Erik

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