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A wayyyy Too Early Preview of Next Year’s Draft.

I am bored and was debating between two postings (we’ll have the game previews coming up this week) a look back and re-grading of  Jerry Reese’s tenure in the draft room since he joined the G-men or a look into the future of some players in college that I think people should be watching while watching college football. I chose the latter.

I admit that I am a draft junkie, but that’s ok, I also don’t love college football…except as a tool to evaluate the talent that is heading into the league the next year.  If you don’t bet on college, but watch it with some interest pay attention to these players, come (much) later on the Giants might be interested in these players or areas.

First let’s identify some “problem” areas with the New York Giants.

There are four potential free agents in my mind that are worth keeping track off for the new York Giants.

Fred Robbins, Barry Coefield, Domenik Hixon, Kevin Dockery. 

Obvoiusly if Robbins and or coefield aren’t resigned that pushes the Giants towads a DT. Losing Hixon would mean the need for a great return man who contributes elsewhere and Kevin Dockery is secondary depth.

I think the Giants next year could look at defensive tackles, Secondary depth (always), play makers on offense who can also contribute on special teams, an very good inside linebacker and offensive linemen depth to be apart of the next wave with Wililam Beatty for the future of the Giants oline.

Here are some potential DT first round players I like that will be available in the latter parts of round one (I’m still assuming the Giants make the playoffs)

#1 Terrance Cody Alabama a Monster of a man. 6-5 365 pounds Cody plays for one of the best defenses in the league and is one of it’s best players. He’s super talented, but has questions about his weight and work-ethic which could cause him to slid down on draft day.

#2 Arthur Jones DT Syracuse  a player that is different than Terrance Cody in all ways. He’s more of a “colts DT” if you know what I mean. Shooting gaps, a good pass rusher at 6-4 294 pounds. Some believe he is an ideal 3-4 outside DE, I think he could play inside as well in a 4-3.

Brian Price UCLA 6- 2 300 pounds. Moves well, works hard and would be a nice addition for the G-men.

Vince Oghobaase, DUKE Might be the first player I can ever remember to sneak into the first round coming out of Duke. Very tall at 6’6” and weighing 310 pounds he had six sacks as a junior an intriguing prospect.

The next area I want to look at is Inside Linebacker.

First up

Brandon Spikes Florida If you haven’t seen him play, please do. Fast, strong, smart a good leader. He’s always around the play and could be Antonio Pierce’s evenual replacement. Rightnow he’s NFL draft scouts number 9 overall rated prospect, there are not usually a lot of ILB that go high so perhaps he slides down. Would be a tremendous player for the G-men. And I really dislike Florida so this is not a homer pick.

Darryl Washington TCU a bit on the small side and not as highly regarded as Jerry Hughes, but a good player who has a lot of tenacity and leadership abilities more of a late 2nd round pick rather than a first rounder.

Pat Angerer IOWA. Another 2nd or 3rd round player who is a very smart, intelligent player who reacts quickly and is pretty good in pass coverage. An intriguing player.

I do not love Sean Lee of Penn State widely regarded as a number two inside linebacker prospect. He’s a bit slow and is not great in pass coverage, and the last thing the Giants need is another LB who can’t cover.

Safety I’m not in love with Michael Johnson I think he’s a solid player, but not a great player if there was a great play-making safety at the end of the first round I’d be all for it. Here are some players I do like.

Taylor Mays USC Eric Berry is as good as Sean Taylor was maybe better. He’s not lasting past the top 5 or 10 picks. Taylor Mays though is an athletic god-send who has some questionables, which means his draft day stock could plummet. If he lasted to the Giants I’d pick him in a heart-beat chacnes are he won’t so let’s move on.

Nate Allen South Florida has athletic genes in his family-his father played professional basketball in Europe. An intelligent player with good speed and pretty good decision makers. A 2nd or 3rd round pick though.

Myron Rolle Florida State University The N.F.L. is about two things: ability and intelligence.  Myron Rolle has both. Rolle opted out of declaring for the draft and instead chose to pursue academics as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford England (so he’s not just smart, he’s VERY smart). He’s a pretty big player at about 220 pounds, he’s also in the low to mid 4.4 or 4.5 range he also has the pedigree playing at a big time program you like. A player that’s draft position might not relfect his value had he come into the draft last year. I would love to see Rolle on the team next year.

Next up Secondary depth:

Trevard Lindley Kentucky  a top 20 talent who might fall if there is not a need for cornerbacks like there was not last year when the Dolphins took the first CB off the board at #25 overall. Lindley is a heady player who has been very productive in the SEC.  Lindley has the size the Giants look for in Cornerbacks 6′ and might run a 4.40 flat at the combine. He’s not the strongest player and he does gamble, but would be a nice addition to the Giants.

Patrick Robinson FSU NFL draft scounts number one overall senior cornerback prospect. Great athlete, productive player, questionable focus and work-ethic. That’s really what it boils down too. Robinson is one of the players at FSU who was suspended in an academic scandal. He has been benched other games and doesn’t have the starting experience you’d like, but an awful tempting player at the end of round two. Also is a standouts special team’s player.

Brandon Ghee Wake Forest comapres to Vontae Davis. Great athlete, hard hitter. Still learning in pass coverage. Could be a gamble worth taking at some point in the draft.

Next position the Giants might need next year is interior linemen (Center and guards) because they don’t have great back-ups there.

Centers

Kristofer O’Dowd USC-a fine young player, who would have to declare early to be in this year’s draft. A borderline first round pick.

Matt Tennant Boston College, a bit tall and lanky but  a tough worker who has started a lot of games. Can also play guard.

Guards Rodney Hudson Florida State University and Sergio Runder Virgina Tech

Two more players you should watch if you get a chance, but they may be later round picks.

Now that the boring interior OL are out of the way let’s make some sexy picks with Running backs.
Jahvid Best Cal The next Felix Jones, but may be a better pure running back lightening quick some experience as a return man. A sexy pick. The Giants have depth at running back, but they don’t have Felix Jones. I’m an Andre Brown fan, but Jahvid Best might be the “best” option late in the 1st round.

C.J. Spiller Clemson Guess I watch more A.C.C than most people huh? C.J. Spiller is another dynamic back. Running backs are tough to tell how far they’ll fall in the draft. Spiller is an excellent return man as well.

Joe McKnight USC A bigger name player who might go higher than he should, but a dynamic player out of the backfield with good hands.  A good late 3rd round pick or 2nd round pick, not a first.

WR

The Giants wont look at WR next year, but my drafting phlosophy has always been take the best player available. They say Rookies won’t contribute for three years anyway…how do you know what you’ll need as team in three years? you generally don’t. That’s why if you think a player will be a star and he’s not a position of need you should draft him anyway.

Golden Tate Norte Dame  He’s short so most people place his value in the 2nd to 3rd round, which I can’t believe. Sometimes I think people over analyze football players. There are three questions? Does he play smart? Is he athletic? is he productive?

Players who are athletic enough, smart enough, and productive enough in college are generally the same in the N.F.L. Don’t be a combine wonder. Golden Tate is the anti combine. He’s not huge, he doesn’t have tremendous size hands (like Hakeem Nicks) he won’t run the best 40 time, but man oh man all this guy does is make plays when everyone knows the ball is coming. I think he’s a tremendous route runner, I think he catches everything and I think he is not afraid to go over the middle.

I’m so high on this guy. My favorite player to watch this season, and I think a first round talent. If he was there in the 2nd round (I can see why the Giants would pass him up in the first) I wouldn’t let him go any further.

Other WR’s you might want to watch for the late rounds, mostly as good return man who have speed to burn.

are Kyle Williams Arizona State (5’11”).

Trindon Holliday LSU Holliday is like five five maybe five six. A former world class sprinter. He’s become an effective return man for LSU and has speed to burn. He might run one of the fastest 40’s ever at the combine. It’d be a luxury pick for the Giants as a return specialist in the late rounds if Domenik Hixon leaves after the season.

Brandon Banks KSU Another possible sub 4.3 40 and a great productive return man.

Dexter McCluster Ole Miss Same as the last two undersized player with speed to burn. McCluser is a player they use a lot at Ole Miss though to do a lot of different things.

There you have it ladies and gents a wayyyyyy too early look at possible players to draft in next year’s draft.

My information comes from nfldraftscout.com, walterfootball.com, and my own observations.

Have  a nice day, everyone. We’ll have lots of Giants-Arizona coverage coming up this week.


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4 Responses to “A wayyyy Too Early Preview of Next Year’s Draft.”

  1. Jason C. says:

    I love Spiller as a potential back with the Giants, however, like you mentioned, WAY too early, let the Giants win their Super Bowl and take over from there…

  2. Júlio César says:

    interesting text, very good… just a correction, the first CB off the board this year was drafted by the saints, not the dolphins

  3. Andrew Ilnicki says:

    this IS waaaaaay to early for draft talk – man I just got dizzy!

  4. Correct Julio C’esar you are right that Malcom Jenkins is playing cornerback,I had thought that Saints were going to try and make him a safety as opposed to cornerback so I forgot that he is technically a cornerback.

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