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Thoughts and Musings

Good Monday, Musers.

-I think that I’m in full draft mode. And not just for Giants. Every player. Every team.I take pride in my draft nerdom.

-If you want some draft porn, listen to this podcast between Doug Farrar of Shutdown Corner and Greg Cosell about the QBs in the draft. It’s 30 minutes of pure goodness. Greg Cosell is the smartest football person in the media out there. Follow him on Twitter. Over the weekend, he was tweeting notes from his film study of many of the draft eligible players. Again, pure gold.

-I think, at some point soon, we here at the Gab are going to go through all the basic schemes. You know, what’s a Cover 2, what’s a zone blocking scheme, what’s press coverage, etc. Maybe over the summer.

-I think it’s so imperative, that if we want to be informed football watchers, that we have to really know the ins and outs of the game. And we’ll get there.

-Onto draft stuff. On Saturday, we profiled Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard. I really like him. Not necessarily as a starter, but as an inside runner that the Giants really need. Some commenters like Terrence Ganaway of Baylor, whose profile is coming soon. Ganaway is more of a Jacobs-style runner. Ballard is a bit faster and can get to the second level. But that’s what’s great about draft time, we can all have our favorites, and then in a few years, see who was right.

-Andre Brown really screwed himself, didn’t he? The running back was suspended for 4 games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He had a chance to get a bunch of carries. He would have been fighting with Ware and Scott for the backup role. I think he had a chance too. He was a 4th round pick, and then he tore his achilles. So he’s had to come back from that. Spent last year on the practice squad. Knows the offense. And had some Derrick Ward qualities to him. But with the suspension, it’s really hard to see him making the the team. They’ll give him a chance in camp, but because they’re likely to bring in another back, he has a really uphill battle.

-I think the Giants want an outside, “Z” receiver, so they can keep Cruz in the slot. That’s not to say he can’t perform outside, but he’s much better served in the slot. Who is a good outside receiver? Well, I think Alshon Jeffery of South Carolina might be. He’ll be profiled soon. Big. Physical. Has some maturity questions. But on the field, makes plays. Brian Quick is another guy. Marvin McNutt. The problem with all these guys is that they aren’t gamebreakers. Quick might be, but he’s raw. I think the Giants want someone like Plaxico, but Plax was rare. In his prime, his combination of speed and size was unheard of. There’s no one really like him. The Ramses Barden experiment seems done with. So they need someone else.

-I think you can bet the Giants will draft a defensive lineman. Brett Roy of Nevada comes to mind. Can play inside and out. Try-hard guy. Makes your team better.

-I think that you shouldn’t be too surprised if the Giants end up trading out of the first round. You can get a similar player at 32 that you can at 36, plus you pick up an extra pick. If someone falls on draft day, and there’s an early second round team that wants him, the Giants should listen.

-Of course, it would be annoying to wait to 32 on draft day for them to pick and then not get there. But it’s a sound football move.

-I think I’m glad the Giants aren’t in the market for a starting QB. Because outside of Luck and RGIII, there’s a lot of question marks. If you’re a team like Cleveland, or Miami, you’re screwed.

-Of course, a backup, long-term developmental QB is not a bad idea. BJ Coleman of UT-Chattanooga. Ryan Lindley of San Diego State. You want to get into a Matt Flynn situation, where you have an asset that you can use. Green Bay let him walk. I would have franchised him. I do think some team would have paid. Or try to trade him.

-I think I would like the Giants to get a bit more scheme-diverse, particularly with their rushes. Maybe use a wide nine elephant end. More stunts. Zone blitzes. I think that opens you up to more things, more players. A guy like Bruce Irvin or Jonathan Massaquoi could fit as that wide nine end. Or a stand up rusher.

-Of course, it seems like nit-picking when you’re talking about the champs. But hey, you always have to be thinking, always have to be innovating.

-Springsteen interlude: The moment finally arrived. On Thursday, I went to my first Springsteen concert. I promised when I mentioned I was going I would give a full breakdown, so here we go. Putting it on a separate page, so it doesn’t clog up the rest of the site.

-First of all, just an absolutely amazing night. To finally see Bruce in person was a thrill. To spend it with great friends was even better.

-Our view was this:

-First song was “We Take Care Of Our Own” off the new album. It’s really good. I like the new album a lot.

-Next was “Wrecking Ball”. There’s a mention of the Giants in the song. Crowd booed. I cheered.

-Next was “Night” and “Death to My Hometown”. Good songs

-“My City of Ruins” is where the show really started.

-“Thundercrack” was great. An oldie

-“Jack of All Trades” from the new album had a lot of political overtones to it.

-“Trapped” was awesome.

-“Easy Money” was very cool with all the drums by the horn players

-“Prove It All Night” is one of my favorite songs anyway, and it did not disappoint.

-Bringing out “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” was awesome

-“Waiting On A Sunny Day”. Perfection

-“Promised Land” another one of my favorites and was awesome.

-A little soul medley, with “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, and “634-5789”

-“Streets of Philadelphia”. Obviously

-“The Rising” One of his best songs, ever.

-“We are Alive” from the new album.

-Finished with “Thunder Road”. Which was amazing. Clemons’ nephew killed it

-Started encore with Rocky Ground. Not my favorite.

-“Kitty’s Back” was awesome. Favorite song of the night.

-“Born To Run” Always a classic.

-“Dancing in the Dark”. Bringing his mom up to dance was incredible.

-And finished with “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” With a great tribute to The Big Man.

-A perfect night. A perfect artist. Need to see him again.

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4 Responses to “Thoughts and Musings”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    I agree about moving from #32 into the second round or even third round. The talent level in the second and third round are close, after that it’s not. The first round is not deep, there are few real game changers and only 2 franchise QBs. Many teams will reach for players out of need as they always do and fail.

    As I have said the Giants need a few good men and Reese should try to trade up and down to get some solid players in rounds 2&3. Forget about 4,5,6,7, we already have a comp pick in round 4 use the others to trade into rounds 2&3 along with our first round pick. In other words load up on picks in rounds 2&3 that’s were this draft is value wise.

    • JTGiantsFan says:

      I agree with that sentiment. We have 8 picks in 7 rounds. Take the last 3 rounds and trade up to move higher in rounds 1,2,3. All we really need is 4-5 good draft picks by Reese and Ross….OL/RB/LB/Safety or CB/TE

    • Jason C. says:

      That strategy works this year in general, no doubt, but for the Giants I think targeting one guy in the first round and moving up to grab him if need be should be the way to go. The only way I trade out of the first round is for a first round pick next year, more picks in the 2-3 range aren’t really going to make that much of a difference. I mean let’s look at our 2-3 round picks since 2007. Steve Smith/Mario Manningham (no longer with the team), Will Beatty (still a project after all these years), Clint Sintim (virtually useless outside of an impressive preseason campaign in his rookie season), Chad Jones (incomplete), Travis Beckum (injured/ineffective), Ramses Barden (another useless project). While our first rounders Kenny Phillips, Hakeem Nicks, JPP. Even Aaron Ross (who’s no longer with the team) can’t really be considered a bust as he contributed to two Super Bowls in his time with the team. I know all the 2-3 rounders haven’t really been busts (Linval, Mario/Steve did their thing), but Jerry hasn’t busted out on a first rounder yet, so why give up the chance at another, especially for more picks where there isn’t much room on the roster as it is? Too much strategy involved trading down to trade up, you almost always end up with the picks you don’t want in the long run, so I say stay put, or even trade up to get your man.

  2. JT_NYGIANTS_FAN says:

    I agree with Jason C. Package up the last 3 rounds of picks and offer it up to a team that doesn’t have alot of picks and that way the Giants can move up in the draft order to select better impact better players. However, I do believe Giants currently do not have a whole lot of big holes to fill. They just need a solid young bunch of guys to cover RB/TE/LB and a couple of OL to back up the current set of guys at the Guard and Tackle spots. Then they will have a decent shot of getting back into the playoffs to make another run at the SB title. As long as the Giants can stay healthy and hungry with something to prove again, they should succeed in reaching their goals. Only the Packers and 49ers really stand in the way of the Giants. Other teams have issues to overcome….such as the Saints, Eagles, Falcons and Cowboys.

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