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Giants Report Card: Round 1

Well the first round has come and gone. If anyone had the Giants grabbing Prince Amukamara, you are probably lying. No one thought he would be there at 19. But there he was. Let’s grade the pick.

Amukamara was the consensus number 2 corner, behind Patrick Peterson, throughout the draft process. 6-0, 206, 4.4 40, excellent character. Not a huge playmaker in college. Only 5 interceptions, and that was all during his junior season.  Physical in run support. Willing tackler. Sometimes gets turned around and can’t recover. But has fluid hips. Can run with most corners. Is aggressive at the line. You don’t like that he’s not a playmaker, but he does just about everything else really well.

GRADE: A+

Giants hit a home run. A top 10 talent. They get him at 19. It was a steal. Amukamara fell because of the run on quarterbacks early on, not because of talent. The Giants add valuable depth to the corner position. Terrell Thomas becomes the number 3 corner. This is a better secondary, and a better team because of this pick.


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6 Responses to “Giants Report Card: Round 1”

  1. Chris says:

    I like the pick a lot. Let Thomas and Webster battle it out for the other starting position. Let’s hope Phillips returns to form (he wasn’t there last year) and then the G-Men will have a great secondary. Ross can stay at nickel back.

  2. Jordan says:

    Amazing!
    Hoping either, Bruce Carter or Stefan Wisniewski will around in round 2.

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  4. Ted Nelson says:

    I actually saw more than one mock that had Prince on the board till the Bucs at 20… so I did think there was a possibility. And I was thinking that if he’s there the Giants have to really consider him with Jackson/Maclin and Austin/Bryant in the Beast. Was definitely stoked. The trade-off of not getting a cornerstone LT does sting a bit, but pumped about Prince.

    Also passing on Jimmy Smith gets me a little bit nervous, because he’s a beast if he keeps his nose clean. That uncertainty makes Prince a better pick in my opinion, but still will suck if Smith goes on to the better career.

    Anecdotally, my girlfriend kept saying something about a gold hat lady on the way to the stage… so it worked out for both of us that the Giants took Prince.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Also, I was pleased with the picks from the other NFC East teams. All solid looking picks, but not too worrying to me. Tyron Smith has a lot of upside, but also a lot of downside… guy didn’t even play LT at USC. Kerrigan is solid, but hopefully nothing more. Watkins fills a need and could help the Eagles, but I like that he’s 26 and only around for so long if he excels.

      Here’s Kiper’s final mock with Prince going to TB, by the way: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/insider/news/story?page=KiperMockDraft5.0

      Behind the Insider wall I think…

  5. Evan Raf says:

    watch this fan reaction to this selection
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4HAOEpCUks

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