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Thoughts And Musings

Another Monday, another Thoughts and Musings. Let’s do it.

-Now that I have NFL Network, I can actually watch the combine. It’s fascinating. Seriously. Mike Mayock is beyond a guru. Watching the drills, even running the 40, things that are kind of mundane, are made so interesting. I know where I’ll be watching the draft.

-Paid special attention to the offensive linemen, who went on Saturday. As I noted on Twitter, I was so, so impressed with BC OT Anthony Castanzo. Not only as a player, but as a person. Biochemistry major in college, wants to start a foundation for cancer research. An impressive young man, to say the least. Plus, as a player, he’s ready to start Day 1. He’s technically sound. I think he would look great in a Giants uniform. He can start at left tackle right away, Dave Diehl can move inside to guard, and the line in instantly better. Or, you can put Castanzo at left tackle, Diehl at right tackle and Shawn Andrews at left guard and your line is incredible. Do not sleep on Anthony Castanzo. The Giants-BC connection is known with Coughlin. He loves his BC players (Snee, Kiwanuka). Castanzo could be next

-I can’t wrap my head around Cam Newton. He has all the physical tools. Incredibly athletic. Great arm. Can run. Perfect size. Athletically, the perfect package. But, I’m always wary of spread QBs. It simply does not translate to the NFL. A spread QB does not translate well to a traditional pocket passer. There is such a leap in reading defenses. There are different throws, different reads, different ideas. It’s just a different thing. It’s so hard to make that transition. The best QBs are the ones who play traditional, pro-style offenses in college. That’s what makes guys successful. Can Newton transition? Athletically, sure. He can make all the throws. Can he adjust to making the reads, to going to a 5 and 7 step drop, will he have pocket discipline?

-I have the same questions about Blaine Gabbert. No way is he pro ready. He’s coming from a spread offense at Missouri, and he’s not nearly as athletic as Newton (although, he is very athletic. Not many are as athletic as Newton). People are falling in love with Gabbert, but I can’t, yet. He needs to prove to me that he can throw in a pro style offense. And I don’t think that that can be proved in a workout session. It needs to be done in game action, and that’s why so many spread QBs are busts. Because you just don’t know how they will fare.

-I’m glad that Kiwanuka was cleared to play. Will the Giants re-sign him? I don’t know. Clearly, they think his medicals are okay. But, will he be the same player?

-Let’s say the re-sign him. Do they continue to use him in the hybrid LB/DE role they did in the beginning of the year? Will he be strictly a LB? Strictly a DE? Again, a lot of questions, and not a lot of answers.

-Of course, they could decide to not re-sign him and that would solve all the questions.

-I’m pretty sure a mock is going to come soon. Well, since I write it, I’m very sure. The date? Probably sometime at the end of this week, beginning of next week. We’ll do a bunch of them throughout the process.

-And of course, coverage of the actual draft will be all out here. But you knew that.

-Funny, or potentially random interlude: Someone at work brought a can of nutella with her lunch. I thought she was going to make a nutella sandwich. She did not. She had a turkey sandwich, or something. She also had a bag of pretzels. She proceeded to dip said pretzels into said can of nutella. The entire can. I mean, if that’s what she likes, then sure. But, I found it odd. Very odd.

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3 Responses to “Thoughts And Musings”

  1. plektor says:

    I’ve been calling him Costanzo, you call him Castanzo, BC calls him Castonzo so we should switch to that 😀

    I think his abilities, our needs and the BC connection make him the prime candidate for our 1st pick.
    And the fact that LBs available at #19 will likely be reaches.

    The thing is, Castonzo is getting more and more press and he might not be there when we’re up.

  2. Adam Y says:

    Yeahe get Castonzo in the 1st if hes there and Clint Boling in the 2nd as a guard

    usually organizations dont do 2 OL in the first 2 rounds but the offense starts at the line

    the giants were okay running it last year but the pass protection wasn’t there sometimes, Eli was getting rushed and knocked down, granted he didn’t get sacked a lot but after that big contract they gave him he needs better protection

    will also be able to run the ball more effectively

  3. Jason C. says:

    Agree on Gabbert, he seems to have been shot through the roof by draft gurus, but I’m not sure if teams are on the same page. Remember draft gurus rated Jimmy Claussen as the top QB this time last year, what happened with that? He went second round, and now is on a team where some of these same gurus are saying they should take Gabbert. Where’s the loyalty to your guy from last year?? Some of these draft gurus are a joke, get a real job and contribute something to society.

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