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Player Profiles: 2010 Draft Rounds 2-6 Recap & A Look Ahead

When a team goes into a draft they usually have a plan for each pick. Some teams might draft the best player available regardless of the position, some teams draft for need and some teams will draft a player based on his potential. If you’re a team that needs help now and struggled, you might draft someone that can help you now. If you’re a team who’s been successful, you might draft someone that is a few years away from contributing, but has tremendous potential. That is exactly what the Giants did in 2010 draft. They drafted a lot on potential.

Round 2 (Pick 46) – Linval Jospeh, DT East Carolina

2010 Stats: 6 games played with 8 tackles.

Linval Jospeh was drafted because the Giants’ needed help in their interior line. However, they full well knew Joseph was a year or two away from contributing on a consistent basis. For starters, he didn’t even have a position coach in college. His coach was battling cancer and spent most of Joseph’s senior season away from the team fighting cancer. They drafted Joseph because they believe he can be a big time space eater and help stop the run. They like his motor and believe he has tremendous potential. The Giants like Joseph so much tjat they almost traded Barry Cofield on draft day. With Cofield looking like he’s as good as gone, Joseph will likely receive a much larger role next season.

Round 3 (Pick 76): Chad Jones, S LSU

2010 Stats: N/A

Chad Jones missed the entire season due a horrific car accident that nearly cost him his leg. The Giants’ were hoping Jones could come in right away and contribute to a secondary that struggled in 2009. Jones has made significant progress in his recovery, but it remains an unknown if Jones will ever step on the field and play for the Giants.

Round 4 (Pick 115): Phillip Dillard, LB Nebraska

2010 Stats: 7 games played with 4 tackles.

Heading into the 2010 season, some Giants fans hoped Dillard would solve the Giants’ problems at MLB and come in and start right away. However, it was evident right away that those hopes were unrealistic. Dillard was supposed to come in and contribute right away on special teams but a nagging hamstring injury kept Dillard sideline for the beginning part of the season. Already behind, he found himself on the inactive list for a good part of the season, too. Dillard was able to make a few plays on special teams. Until he fully develops, he should be able to be a key contributor on special teams in the years ahead.

Round 5 (Pick 147): Mitch Petrus, G Arkansas

2010 stats: 11 games played.

Aside from first round pick Jason Pierre-Paul, Petrus might have had the best season of all Giants rookies. Expected to be just depth at this point, Petrus was not expected to play. However, decimated with injuries the Giants were forced to throw Petrus in the game. Petrus played great at times, showing his potential. While the Giants’ decided to start Kevin Boothe instead, Petrus showed he could be counted on when his number was called upon. The Giants line is aging which means the Giants’ might be inclined to select a OL this year come draft time, but don’t count Petrus out. This fiery kid has a bright future ahead.

Round 6 (Pick 184): Adrian Tracy, LB William & Mary

2010 stats: N/A

Drafted in the 6th round, Adrian Tracy was expected to help on special teams this year and not do much else. The team viewed him as a better version of former LB Reggie Torbor. A player who played DE in college but would make the transition to LB in the pros. Tracy could have been another toy for defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to play with, but a dislocated elbow landed Tracy on injured reserve ending his rookie season before it even began. Tracy will likely be a special teams player this season. If effective, he could very well help out a struggling special teams unit.

Round 7 (Pick 221): Matt Dodge, P East Carolina

2010 stats: 16 games started and played, 72 Punts 44.8 yard average, long of 69 yards & 20 kicks inside the 20.

Drafted for his big leg, Dodge beat out P Jy Bond to win the Giants’ Punter position and replace legend Jeff Feagles. Dodge had tremendous potential heading into the season; he could punt the ball a mile. However, he was very inconsistent. One punt might be a 65-yard beauty. The other could be a shank, or a punt with no hang-time. Dodge could also out kick his coverage team, too.  Dodge struggled mightily at times. His one major blunder might have, in-part, cost the Giants a #2 seed in the playoffs. He shouldn’t have kicked to DeSean Jackson, but he didn’t lose that game. The entire team did. Dodge’s blunders were well published, but it’s often forgotten Dodge was a 7th round pick, and still a rookie. Should he have been counted on like that? The Giants’ stuck with Dodge and still believe in him. He has tremendous potential. If he can consistently get hang time on the ball, he will be the best punter in the league. I have no doubt about it. He can kick the ball 70 yards. The question is, though, can he do it consistently.




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