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Giants Draft Review

I think the Giants did a nice job of drafting. They addressed needs, and gave Eli Manning targets. Some of their later picks were questionable. Other than that, it was a good job. Here is what I posted yesterday about the Day 1 picks:

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.

Now here are my grades for day 2.

Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly

The kid is big. 6-6. Imposing on the field. Didn’t play at the highest level of competition, but he dominated, which is what you want. Barden won’t be an every down receiver this year. Probably not next year. His value this year will be in the red-zone.  Have Manning throw it up to him, and hope he catches it. He has a way to go in terms of route running and reading NFL defenses. But given time,  he can be special. And he has the added value of contributing now.

Grade: B. There are still questions about whether he can make the transition to the NFL, but right away he is such an  imposing red zone target.

Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin

This is a great pick. Beckum could’ve been a first round pick had it not been for a broken fibula his senior year. He’s a H-back. Not much of a blocker. Similar to Dustin Keller of the Jets. Keller made a big impact his first year. Beckum can do the same. Manning will love throwing to him as a safety valve.

Grade: A+. Probably my favorite pick the Giants made. He will be a big contributor in 2009.

Andre Brown, RB, NC State.

This is another really good pick. Very similar to Derrick Ward. Can catch out of the backfield, block. He will contribute early and often. Danny Ware really has to have a great camp to make the team now.

Grade: A. A really solid pick. Brown has a lot of upside.

Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston St.

A bit of a head scratcher. They already have Andre’ Woodson. But Bomar has talent. His off the field stuff is concerning, but he has a big time arm, and was spectacular at Oklahoma when he was there. He could be a factor two or three years down the road. Developmental QB.

Grade: B-. He’s an good prospect, just doesn’t make that much sense with Woodson.

DeAndre Wright, CB, New Mexico

This is a good pick. Wright is a good cover corner with experience at safety. He’s probably special teams material, but I think he could develop into a nice dime corner down the road.

Grade: C+. There are a lot of defensive backs on the team. If Wright makes it, he has a chance to contribute. I do like him, and if he doesn’t make the team, he will be on the scout team.

Stoney Woodson, CB, South Carolina

I don’t get this pick. From what I’ve read, Woodson is small and slow. He probably could’ve been had as a free agent. I would’ve traded this pick to get a pick next year. Again, with all the defensive backs on the team, he will have a hard time making it.

Grade: D. Just don’t get it. Maybe they saw something, but he could’ve been had as a free agent.

Overall grade: B+. This was a solid draft for the Giants. Nicks is the key. Can he be a number one receiver? I think so. Sintim has explosive pass rush ability, and Beatty has big upside. Barden, Beckum, and Brown have the chance to contribute this year. Rhett Bomar is a good prospect, but needs time. DeAndre Wright has potential. I can’t see Stoney Woodson making the  team. All in all, a good draft. Nice job, Jerry Reese.


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2 Responses to “Giants Draft Review”

  1. Bartolis says:

    Beckum was a nice pick.

    I liked james Casey more, but Casey is older and probably less explosive.

    My favorite pick is William Beatty.

    I think he is vastly underrated.

    The perception is that he had “one good year” but I think that is untrue.

    He was productive, he tested off the chart (as well as any other linemen at the combine) and he blocked for one of the most productive RB in College Football

    From NFl.com

    “His injury in 2006 underlined his importance to the offense. The Huskies averaged 205.8 yards rushing and 355.8 yards in total offense per game with the sophomore manning the left tackle position that year. With Beatty out of action, the team managed to average only 166.57 yards rushing and 301.14 yards in total offense.

    Great pick here.

  2. Todd says:

    I was hoping the Giants would take Shawn Nelson as the tight end pick. I think he was the fastest tight end with great hands. I would have groomed him for the Plaxico role. Bomar was suppose to be a stud QB when he was at Oklahoma. Maybe they don’t think as highly of Woodson as they did when they picked him.

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