The 2011 NFL Draft is just days away, folks. This is the sixth part of a seven series installment in which each pick for each round of the Giants’ will be profiled. I predicted the Giants’ would draft Jason Pierre-Paul, Mitch Petrus and Dennis Landolt (UDFA) last year. I had some wrong, too. I had James Starks going to them in the fourth round, but he didn’t.
With the 202′d pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New York Giants’ select:
Alex Green, RB, Hawaii
The Giants’ have major question marks regarding their backfield heading into the 2011 season (Assuming there is one). RB Ahmad Bradshaw might be an UFA, or he might be a RFA. However, there is a chance he might not be back (Both the Giants and Bradshaw want to workout a long term deal. He remains one of their top off-season priorities). RB Brandon Jacobs might have played his last down with Big Blue, too. He was a distraction at times and has a large, $4.65 million dollar base salary due. He said he’d be willing to take a fair pay-cut, but at this point the Giants might be better served cutting ties with the big strong back. Danny Ware signed a two-year extension to be the teams third down back. Added a back in the draft to create some competition and give the team some depth would be nice.
A guy who could be a nice fit for the Giants is RB from Hawaii, Alex Green. He has great size, at about 6-2, and solid speed, too. He isn’t a cutting back, he’s a straight-line runner who is very tough to bring down. You can’t arm tackle this man. I have visions of this man being a goal line back, too. Something Jacobs hasn’t been effective in, as of late. Has soft hands. Could help out in the passing game as well. Had almost 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns on just 146 carries. Durability might be a concern, but not as a backup. He’s a sleeper for sure. Might not be there towards end of 6th, though. Could be a 5th round selection, could be a 6th.
Not a “home run” hitter. But again, as a backup and a short yardage back, you can’t expect much more. He’s a late round selection, not a top-tier guy. Not very elusive, but gets the job done. Green’s a solid selection.