Archive for April, 2009
Interesting article here from a guy who thinks Nicks is more than a possession receiver and that Sintim will struggle against the run.
1st Round: WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina
Clearly the Giants biggest position of need. Sure we all know someone saying Braylon Edwards would be better than an unproven rookie. And if you don’t consider the salary cap those people are correct. I have no problem with the pick even if Nicks doesn’t beat out Hixon, Smith, Tyree, Moss, or Manningham. Yeah the Giants have a bunch of unproven guys or #2-#3 guys but Edwards wasn’t ahppening and the Giants did the next best thing – they drafted the most NFL ready receiver with upside available at 29. And they didn’t reach.
2nd Round: LB Clint Sintim, Virginia
Says he’ll play SAM for the Giants. Should be able to contribute immediately on the pass rush and on special teams. Has a chance to become an exceptional starter thanks to his good size and ability to defend the run. There are concerns about his coverage skills but the Giants expect him to be bale to drop back into coverage. Who am I to argue?
2nd Round: LT William Beatty, Connecticut
Reese said he was the most athletic tackle in the draft and that he’ll have no pressure to play right away. In other words, he’s a project. Round 2 is a bit early to be drafting projects, unless the guy becomes an elite left tackle in 2 years. Then this pick will be pure genius.
3rd Round: WR Ramses Barden, Cal Poly
A 6’6″, 230 pound receiver but no replacement for Plax. More of a possession guy then a stretch the field guy because he’s probably not much faster (4.6 40) than any of the NFL competition. But he can catch and he’s big. Can he be a special red zone threat? I like his chances so I like the pick. Obviously the Giants thought he was worth giving up a 5th rounder to move up for.
3rd Round: TE Travis Beckum, Wisconsin
At 6’3″. 243, this guy is a smaller tight end not known for his blocking. However, blocking can sometimes be coached. He’s a pretty polished receiving threat. Reese says he will play H-back and will be expected to do some blocking but you get the feeling this guy is here to abuse linebackers in coverage. sounds exciting to watch so I really like the pick.
4th Round: HB Andre Brown, North Carolina State
Reese says this guy reminds him of Derrick Ward. He reminds me of Rodney Hampton. Good speed and tough so he can move the pile. Coughlin calls him a slasher which is what I remember they used to call Tiki the first time I saw him come in for Hampton. Who knows what he is from a highlight reel and a few quotes? Hopefully he’s a good running back.
5th Round: QB Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State
Reese calls this a value pick and says Andre Woodson is not being shoved out the door. I guess competition is good and if the scouts say this guy was BPA then so be it. Certainly I’d rather have seen a safety but…
6th Round: CB DeAndre Wright, New Mexico
7th Round: CB Stoney Case, South Carolina
Two corners I’ve never heard of to be honest. Coughlin says they are corners so the Giants still don’t have a 4th safety. I know 3 on the roster is enough, but that means there is no competition for the 3 guys we have now and an injury leaves us pretty screwed. Both guys are 5’11” and close to 200. I can’t help but think that they won’t be on the team unless one switches to safety or becomes a special teams ace. But coach says they are corners so what do I know?
At 6″ 1″ & 212 he’s not Plax. The real question is can he be a #1 receiver? Is he more of a possession receiver since he’s not the fastest guy? How much can he contribute as a rookie?
Interesting Kenny Britt was the very next guy taken…
A few things that made the draft interesting before the Giants go on the clock:
The Jets trade up to #5 for Sanchez.
Derrius Heyward-Bey goes to the Raiders at #7 while Crabtree goes to San Francisco at 10.
The Eagles trade up for Maclin at 19 to make it 3 receivers taken in the top 20.
1. Giants give their 1st rounder + a later pick for Edwards.
2. Browns accept a 2nd and a 5th for Edwards.
3. Nothing happens.
I’ve maintained all along that there’s no reason for either side to cave on this one until they’re under the gun and on the clock. That’s when we’ll know if Cleveland will realize they’re not going to get a better offer than the Giants’ second- and fifth-round picks. Or we’ll know if the Giants realize they’re not going to find an immediate upgrade in the draft and should give the Browns their first-round pick and another mid- to high-round pick for Edwards.
Here’s an interesting article comparing Anquan Boldin and Braylon Edwards. They say Edwards is a better fit for the Giants offense because of his size and speed for running deeper routes.
They also say he might be a bit of a nut job and that Boldin is probably a better player.
Also, the article calls into question just how good Eli Manning is:
But once Burress sent a bullet ripping into his thigh on Thanksgiving weekend, Manning lost his security blanket. He threw a TD pass to Toomer in the first quarter of the first game without Burress and then went the last 23 quarters of the season, including the playoff loss to the Eagles, without throwing a touchdown to a wide receiver.
With a new pro bowl left tackle, one of the best in the NFL, the Eagles offensive line is one of the best in football. How do the Giants match up now with their add pieces on the defensive line?
This article says something pretty interesting in the “Rose” section – that the receivers who will be around at the end of the first round are not #1 receiver material:
Hakeem Nicks of North Carolina, Maryland speedster Darrius Heyward-Bey, Florida’s Percy Harvin and Kenny Britt of Rutgers. None of these receivers will be No. 1s in the NFL. These players are good No. 3, maybe No. 2, receivers.
If that’s correct, then all the mock drafts are wrong since virtually all of them have us taking a wide receiver in the first. Maybe something will happen with Braylon Edwards…