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Top draft prospects for 2007

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

I’m back. Nothing wrong but I needed a vacation…

Anyway here’s an interesting article on the top 20 prospects. From #15 through #20a I see some good prospects that could help the Giants and at least one of them will be there when we pick.

CBS Sportsline has us taking a safety. If Reggie Nelson from Florida can put Demps or Wilson on the Bench I have no problem with the pick. Even if Demps and Wilson win starting jobs, I’d like to be able to bench them when they screw up.

Of course with Whitfield retiring and Petigout gone, the Giants look pretty thin at left tackle. Will Diehl move over there with Guy Whimper as backup? That doesn’t sound like a recipe for success to me. Maybe we need to draft a tackle?

The Giants are likely around 15 million under the cap now. Briggs and Samuel are franchise players. Will the Giants find decent value in free agency? Most teams have some cap space to play with… I wonder how large an effect free agency will have on the Giants’ draft.

I know it’s way too early, but let’s draft Kansas State defensive tackle Quintin Echols

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Despite the surprisingly good defensive tackle play the Giants have seen so far his year, I couldn’t help but take notice when I read this on John Murphy’s Yahoo column:

Kansas State defensive tackle Quintin Echols became a real pro prospect during the second half of last season, especially after games against Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Colorado. His hard work off the field, which included paying closer attention to his diet and staying up late watching game film, led to him becoming more of a vocal leader on the field.

The senior has ideal size for a nose tackle (6-foot, 320 pounds) and has recorded 18 tackles, 2½ tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in six games. He has shown good quickness off the ball, has been timed around five seconds in the 40-yard dash. He can help collapse the pocket of opposing offenses when he fires off the ball low and keeps his pads underneath him. That tends to keep blockers off balance and gives them a small target thanks to his compact/stout frame.

What more can you ask for? A big man with size to stuff the run, speed to pursue, and explosiveness to collapse the pocket. Plus he’s known for his good work ethic. Almost oo good to be true…

NFC East Draft Grades

Monday, May 1st, 2006

One of the most exciting boring events to see on television was on the other day, which of course is the NFL draft. Every year I find myself glued to the television for an entire day, and every year I find myself asking why I wasted my time on this event. But like I said, I did end up watching the entire first day of the draft and here are some grades for the bigger picks, in my opinion, for the teams in the NFC East.

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Giants First Two Selections

Monday, May 1st, 2006

The first and second rounds of the 2006 NFL Draft are complete and the New York Giants made some last minute moves trading down in the first round and then up in the second round. With their first pick of the Draft the Giants selected Mathias Kiwanuka, a 6-6, 266 pound defensive end out of Boston College.

Giants interested in DT Vicheal Foxx

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

The Giants made a call to expected undrafted free agent Virginia Military Institute senior Vicheal Foxx to ask if he’d be available for an early May mini-camp. At 6’4″ and 320 pounds, he’s got the right size to play defensive tackle.

Giants 2006 draft 1st round choice:

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

If it were me the pick would have been Jimmy Williams or the trade down. Frankly, I think it is awesome that the Giants were able to trade down. Just awesome.

I figure the Giants would want to come out of this draft with 2 defensive tackles, 1 or more corners, 1 linebacker, and 1 wide receiver. Now they can get 4 of those on day 1 and 2 more in round 4 (near or at the end)!

So what happens to my excitement? The Giants take Mathias Kiwanuka. No Jimmy Williams, no linebacker, no defensive tackle, no Chad Jackson or Moss. Very puzzling.

Crazy draft – I need a rest.

Getting ready for draft weekend

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

I’ve got some reading material for you as you prepare for draft weekend. First up are some comments and things from the blogger mock draft I reported a few days ago (the one where I picked Jimmy Williams at 25). I doubt he falls that far in real life, but we’ll see.

And some articles. Pierce is still talking defensive tackle. Says some very nice things about Clancy. Wish he were here. There’s an article on Carpenter. On the one hand they say he can play any linebacker spot. On the other hand they say he’s most likely a SAM. With Emmons, Short, and Torbor SAM seems to be the linebacker spot where the Giants have the most depth.

Personally, I think CB needds to be a priority since they are impossible to find in free agency (Madison and Allen being exceptions this year). Garafolo mentions Maroney, Carpenter, and Chad Jackson.

Blogger mock draft (ist round only)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

So Perry over at Chicago Sports blogs recently set up a mock draft where we bloggers could play armchair GM. We could trade picks and everything (which I tried to do but had an offer rejected). Luckily, Arrington’s signing became publi right before I went on the clock. The only LB on the board I would ahve considered was DeMeco Ryans, but there was better talent available in Jimmy Williams (CB), Snatonio Holmes (WR), and Eric Winston (LOT). Here’s how the draft played out:

1. Houston Texans – Reggie Bush RB USC
2. New Orleans Saints – Mario Williams DE NC State
3. Tennessee Titans – Matt Leinart QB USC
4. New York Jets – D’Brickashaw Ferguson OT Virginia
5. Green Bay Packers – A.J. Hawk LB The Ohio State University
6. San Francisco 49ers – Vernon Davis TE Maryland
7. Oakland Raiders – Michael Huff DB Texas
8. Buffalo Bills – Brodrick Bunkley DT Florida State
9. Detroit Lions – Chad Greenway LB IOWA (the real shocker to me)
10. Arizona Cardinals – Vince Young QB Texas
11. St. Louis Rams – Haloti Ngata DT Oregon
12. Cleveland Browns – Manny Lawson LB N.C. State
13. Baltimore Ravens – Jay Cutler QB Vanderbilt
14. Philadelphia Eagles – Winston Justice OT USC
15. Denver Broncos – Mathias Kiwanuka DE Boston College
16. Miami Dolphins – Chad Jackson WR Florida
17. Minnesota Vikings – Ernie Sims LB Florida State
18. Dallas Cowboys – Bobby Carpenter OLB Ohio St. (this one also surprised me)
19. San Diego Chargers – Antonio Cromartie CB Florida State (interesting)
20. Kansas City Chiefs – Tamba Hali DE Penn St.
21. New England Patriots – LenDale White RB USC
22. San Francisco 49ers – Kameron Wimbley DE Florida St
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Deuce Lutui G Southern Cal
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Gabe Watson DT Michigan (I wasn’t going to take him anyway)

25. New York Giants – Jimmy Williams CB Virginia Tech (sure he’s got attitude problems, but the Giants have enough leaders on D to keep him in line and he was the best talent available and at a position of need – I ranked need nose tackle, corner back, receiver, LOT, WILL and the LOT and WILL would have little chance to be more than backups. I tried trading down with the Colts, thinking they’d want DeAngelo Williams offering them #25 for #30 and their 3rd rounder.)

26. Chicago Bears – Santonio Holmes WR Ohio State (This blogger told me he wanted Williams but was one pick too late).
27. Carolina Panthers – DeAngelo Williams RB Memphis
28. Jacksonville Jaguars – DeMeco Ryans LB Alabama
29. New York Jets – Nick Mangold C Ohio State
30. Indianapolis Colts
31. Seattle Seahawks
32. Pittsburgh Steelers

Dreaming about the draft

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

I’m going to look at LOT and big defensive tackles.

DT – Looking at larger guys, you have Gabe Watson who may be around at #25 but who may not have the heart to be great. The dude was benched his senior season. But he’s big!

Steve Fifita is short at 5’11” but a big, strong 320 pounds. Projected on most draft sites as a late-round pick/ free agent. I think he’ll be a good run stuffer in the NFL and would be anice fit next to Joseph. I have no idea why this guy would go undrafted and would like to see the Giants draft him.

Johnny Jolly is also projected to go in the later rounds. He’s 6’3″, 320. Another possible run stuffer.

Montavious Stanley is 6’2″, 315. Can stuff the run and rush the passer a bit.

LOT – There’s really one guy I like. Daryn Colledge. I’d be shocked if he was there when we pick in the second but you never know. He is said to have great desire and top intangibles. I love guys who work hard.

Obscure names to remember on draft day

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Just a little article on a DT and a safety the Giants may be interested in on draft day. And another one.