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Archive for April, 2008

Interesting draft for the Giants on day 2

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Our third round pick is a solid prospect at a position of need, but Mario Manningham does come with a red flag – marijouna use.

That means our 2nd and 3rd rounders have some danger…

Still, I have no problem taking a risk. I mean every draft pick is risky. So if this guy is a fast receiver with good hands who can go deep… Let’s hope he doesn’t feel like getting stoned anytime soon.

The 4th and 5th round linebackers are solid choices. Some depth at linebacker is good. LB Bryan Kehl, Brigham Young University (BYU) and LB Jonathan Goff, Vanderbilt University are both 240+ pound guys – Kehl, according to scouting reports, has the speed / athleticism to play the weak side. Goff is more of a mike from what I understand.

I like trading up in the 4th. We had too many 6th rounders (meaning they couldn’t all make the team) so go for quality over quantity.

QB Andre’ Woodson, University of Kentucky, should pressure our backup QBs. That will be an interesting theme since the Giants said they aren’t tkaing all the QBs to camp…

DE Robert Henderson, Southern Mississippi, has great size for a faster DE who can supposedly rush the passer (6-3, 280lbs, 4.87). I know he lasted till the 6th round for a reason but it’s hard not to like big fast guys. I honestly hate pass rush specialists like Freeney who can’t play the run. Give me big guys on the defensive line please.

I’m not a tool who tries to grade drafts before guys even get to camp, but there’s no reason I see not to be excited about this group.

Very happy with rounds 1 and 2 of the draft

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

For once the mock drafts were accurate beyond the first few picks – they said the Giants would take Miami safety Kenny Phillips at 31 and we did. I bet nearly all Giants fans like the pick. We need a safety who can cover and Phillips was the best prospect in the draft.

Supposedly, the Giants had an offer to give up the their #31 to Buffalo, and would have gotten 2 picks (#41 and #72). That would have been a mistake because we don’t need 100 drafted rookies. We are the Super Bowl champs and our roster doesn’t have that many problems. One very good prospect in Phillips is better than 2 lesser prospects in this case.

In the second round, our guy, Terrell Thomas, comes with some injury concerns. The Giants medical staff said he was in perfect shape and I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. So other than injuries what’s not to like about a corner who can run at 6’1″ and 200+ pounds? He played on an elite team and said he used to shut down Steve Smith at every practice. If that’s true we have a special CB. I have read that his run support is average but I think that can be coached if he’s not a wuss.

Some guys (like John Clayton) might be upset that we didn’t trade Shockey for a 2nd rounder. I know Shockey has been injury prone but whatever – the chances of a 2nd round tight end outplaying Shockey are slim at best. And if we did trade him we would need a tight end.

The Giants start drafting new players in less than a week

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

This article talks about Reese and lists a few possible draft picks at #31.

Personally I’d like to see the Giants move up (possibly in the 2nd or 3rd round) because we probably can’t draft 8 guys who have a good shot at making the team.

This other draft article mentions Marc Ross – he has Reese’s old job.

Mock draft reaction: safety, LB, guard?

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

I know they suck and get it all wrong but this time of year you get trade rumors (Shockey) and mock drafts (this one). So this mock has us taking:

31. Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
63. Xavier Abidi, LB, VT
95. Roy Schuening, OG, Oregon St.

As far as I know those a 3 guys that could become good NFL players. I do notice that in later rounds it is usual for the Giants to draft based on need and value so I’m not sure if a guard in round 3 is realistic – the draft says we need offensive line depth – do we? Did we lose any offensive linemen?

Still savoring the 4 playoff wins in a row

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Here is a great look at what the Giants’ playoof opponents’ coaches are saying about their losses to Big Blue.

A day in the life of an NFL scout

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

This article provides a real interesting look at the day of an NFL scout. Aaron Ross gets a very brief mention, but this is not a Giants article – very interesting though.

And while I’m linking to non-Giants stuff, how about the Dolphins talking to Jake Long about possible contract numbers?

Coughlin’s changes

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

I always thought the media was making too big a deal about how Coughlin had to change and be more likable to his players. However, in this article we get quotes from Coughlin about how he did just that. Let’s hope it works again next year for the Giants!

NFL decides on comp picks

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

The giants get the 33rd pick in the 6th round as a comp pick, 199th pick in the draft.That gives us 3 6th rounders I believe thanks to the Ryan Gran trade. Since I don’t see 8 draft picks making our team, it is time to start speculating about when and where the Giants will trade up in the 2008 draft….

Washington got a 3rd rounder which makes no sense to me. They lost Derrick Dockery, T.J. Duckett, Warrick Holdman, and Kenny Wright. They signed only London Fletcher. I don’t understand how that equals a 3rd rounder but whatever.

Philadelphia got a 4th and 2 6ths. The Cowboys got nothing.