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Giants Day 1 Review

Day 1 of the draft is over, and the Giants made three selections. Let’s review and give some early grades.

Hakeem Nicks, WR, UNC:

Nicks, presumably, will compete to be the number one receiver. He has Anquan Boldin type ability, and is very NFL-Ready. To be honest, I was surprised the G-Men didn’t try to trade up for Michael Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin when they started to fall. However, Nicks is solid. Great hands, good route runner. Not overly fast, but he’s not slow. He catches pretty much everything. I have a feeling Eli Manning will love him.

Grade: A-. I give an A- because I think the Giants could’ve traded up for Maclin or Crabtree. Nicks should step in right away and be a valuable contributer.

Clint Sintim, OLB, Virginia

Sintim is a strongside linebacker with tremendous pass rushing ability. There are concerns about how he fits in a 4-3 defense, as he played in a 3-4 in college. But Sintim doesn’t have to start on Day 1, as Danny Clark is currently the strongside starter. Sintim can come in on passing downs, and play on special teams.

Grade: A. I love this pick. Sintim has a ton of potential, and could be holding down the strongside spot for the next 10 years. 

Will Beatty, OT, UCONN:

Beatty is an athletic left tackle prospect. Great pass blocker, a work in progress as a run blocker. Beatty will be the left tackle of the future, with David Diehl presumably moving inside to guard. Beatty was mocked as early as the first round, so to get him at the end of the second is tremendous value. 

Grade: B+. Beatty is  a solid left tackle prospect, but he won’t contribute this year. It remains to be seen how well he plays in the NFL, as he is still a work in progress.

Overall grade: A. Very, very solid draft. Nicks will start. Sintim could start. And Beatty has a lot of potential. The Giants didn’t get anyone with tremendous ‘bust-ability’. All these guys have the potential to be solid starters for a long time. Tomorrow, look for more depth in the secondary, a replacement for Antonio Pierce, and a kick returner.

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One Response to “Giants Day 1 Review”

  1. Bartolis says:

    Fuchs, my man,

    I agree Maclin was tempting, but remember that the Giants would have had to move up 10 slots which would have cost them (according to the trade value charts) their late 2nd rounder or their third rounder and their fourth rounder.

    Is Maclin THAT much better than Nicks?

    I’m not sure.

    Maclin can certainley return the ball

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