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2009 Giants Draft Recap:

As the 2009 NFL draft wraps up the Giants made the best of their ten picks.  They filled the relatively small holes they had on the roster with their selections.  Let’s review the picks.

 

Strengths and weaknesses thanks to Scout.com

 

Round #1 Pick #29 Hakeem Nicks (WR North Carolina)

 

Nicks is a red zone weapon with good route-running skills and size but lacks speed.

 

He is a thick wide receiver that uses his strength to bully smaller defensive backs.  I believe he has a chance to help the Giants early on and I am very excited about the pick.  I hope he evolves into a talented wide out and will definitely cost less then Braylon Edwards.

 

Round #2 Pick #45 Clint Sintim (OLB Virginia)

 

Sintim is an aggressive linebacker with great instincts who has great tackling technique.  He needs to improve his cover skills and needs to be able to change direction on the field better.

 

He has great size, strength and quickness. He takes good angles off the edge and possesses outstanding tackling technique. He takes on the opposition at the line of scrimmage, sheds well and is good in pursuit. He can play the SAM linebacker position in a 4-3 defense, but has to improve his cover skills.

 

Another great pick for the Giants.  Sintim will come in right away and challenge Danny Clark for the SAM position.  Should at least be a situational pass rusher who hopefully can contribute early in his career.

 

Round #2 Pick #60 William Beatty (OT Connecticut)

 

Beatty is a quick footed flexible linebacker who is quick off the ball. He does have a nasty streak that needs to be contained and could add some power and strength. 

 

Beatty is a tremendously athletic tackle who has superior feet. He moves well laterally and gets to the second level instantly. He engages on the opposition quickly and does a good job of keeping defenders at arms length. He doesn’t sustain blocks very long, but can hold his own. He displays good awareness and works well with his line mates. He’s still developing as a player, but his upside is off the charts.

 

Beatty will add great depth to the already stellar offensive line of the Giants.  He hopefully can come in and play if McKenzie continues to have back problems.  He will most likely be the first tackle to sub in for the Giants.

Round #3 Pick # 85 (traded up with the Eagles) Ramses Barden (WR Cal Poly)

 

Barden is a physical specimen who has tremendous size and the ability to be dominant. He gets off the line well and embraces physical play. He’s not a burner, but is deceptively fast with his long strides. He has strong hands and is dangerous after the catch. He’s a redzone threat who elevates over most defenders and hauls in tough catches. He’s an outstanding blocker and will help in the run game.

 

I think this could be the biggest hit or bust of the draft for the Giants.  I myself love the pick and am glad the Giants went up and got this kid.  If he can transition to the NFL he will make Giant fans forget about #17 awfully fast.  Barden has tons of upside and will at least be used in the redzone this season for the Giants.

 

Round #3 Pick #100 Travis Beckum (TE Wisconsin)

 

Beckum is an athletic tight end who can stretch the field and make big plays. He’s quick into his routes, possesses excellent awareness and is able to haul in difficult receptions with his tremendous athleticism. He has great body control and adjusts well to errant throws. He’s not much of a blocker, but he’s able to get his body in position to hold off defenders.

 

The Giants had to add another receiving tight end to the roster.  Beckum had a productive career at Wisconsin and should be a solid addition to the roster.  He needs to improve his strength and blocking ability.

 

Round #4 Pick #129 Andre Brown (RB North Carolina St)

 

Brown is a strong, tough runner who has intriguing skills. He has great size and strength and is surprisingly athletic. He’s a classic North-South runner, who has some shiftiness in his game. He has great balance, lowers his pads to gain the advantage over the opposition and keeps his legs moving in a pile. He’s an outstanding blocker and a capable receiver. Durability is an issue.

 

The Giants added another body to the backfield with the selection of Andre Brown.  They needed to add depth because Jacobs has injury concerns and Bradshaw and Ware are still unproven in my opinion.  Brown is a complete back who can run, block and catch passes out of the backfield.  Scout.com had Brown ranked as the 6th best running back in the draft.

 

Round #5 Pick #151 Rhett Bomar (QB Sam Houston State)

 

Bomar is a gunslinger who possesses a strong arm and a confident nature. He has good size and the ability to be a starter at the next level. He’s smooth in the pocket, has a quick release and can split a defense with his throws. He has above average mobility and can make throws on the run. He locks in on one receiver and tends to force throws in critical situations. He has a cocky demeanor and is a bit of a showboat.

Bomar will compete with Mr. Mittens (David Carr) and Andre Woodson for a backup position behind Eli Manning.  I think they took a chance on senior quarterback to challenge Woodson for the 3rd spot on the depth chart.

 

Round #6 Pick #200 DeAndre Wright (CB New Mexico)

 

From Mike Garafolo:

The 5-11, 198-pound Wright dropped on many boards because he had surgery on both shoulders in the off-season. Before that, he recorded 10 career interceptions and was named second-team All-Mountain West.  According to scouting reports, Wright has good hands and will be aggressive to get after the football. The knock on him is he’s not very big and isn’t a great tackler.

The Giants add another body to compete for a spot in the secondary.  Wright probably has a tough time making the roster with all the defensive backs on the roster already.

Round #7 Pick #238 Stoney Woodson (CB South Carolina)

From South Carolina official site:

Fifth-year senior defensive back who has the ability to play safety as well as corner… has been a regular in the secondary packages in each of the past three seasons… has made 13 career starts, intercepting four passes… one of the fastest players on the team, has been timed in 4.35 seconds for 40 yards.

Same review of Woodson as for DeAndre Wright.  They will have to really impress the staff to make the team.

The 2009 NFL Draft was a huge success for the Giants in my opinion.  They added two wide receivers to replace Burress that could contribute early. I think the picks from the first through fourth rounds will be on the Giants roster in 2009.  It should be an interesting camp and certain players on the roster should be nervous. 

 

I think Jerry Reese and Co. hit a homerun with this draft.  They filled holes and added quality players to the team.  I am so excited to see these young kids get a chance to prove themselves next year.  Like I said prior in this post I believe Ramses Barden was the biggest risk that was taken this weekend.  I hope he blossoms into the target Eli Manning is lacking.

It’s been a fun weekend I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as me!!!!

 


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One Response to “2009 Giants Draft Recap:”

  1. Adam says:

    Thanks for all the coverage over this weekend. It was great to keep track of!

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