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Thoughts and Musings

This is our final Musings before draft time. Can you believe it?

-We’ve been all over the draft here at the Gab. Profiles (including quick hits) are up. We have the 10 guys who could be Giants post up. We’ll have a final Giants mock and a final NFL (2 round!) mock up later in the week. And, on draft day, all 3 days, we’re going to live tweet, provide instant analysis of all the Giants picks on the site. In addition, we’ll a special Friday edition of Musings recapping the first round. Keep it here, and you will be on top of everything draft.

-The Giants say they stick to Best Player Available on their board, and I think they do, for the most part. But tell me this: If they’re at 32, and the two best players are available are, say, Jonathan Martin and Brandon Weeden, with Weeden rated AHEAD of Martin, do you really think they’ll take Weeden? I don’t. Let’s not be silly.

-I’m starting to think the Giants will take a defensive lineman in the first round. Nick Perry. Whitney Mercilus. Devon Still. Jerel Worthy. Chandler Jones. I think drafting a pass rusher would allow them flexibility with Osi. They could trade him for a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Someone like Perry, who’s very talented, but needs time, can be brought along slowly in that case. Plus they need depth. ¬†And the inside guys, Still and Worthy, that’s a position of need. Marvin Austin is an unknown. Rocky Bernard, Jimmy Kennedy, they’re gone. Still or Worthy could both bring a lot of talent.

-Keith Rivers allows them, at least for now, to not draft a linebacker high. He may not work out, and his injury history is troublesome.But, assuming he can play to his potential, that position is solved. I think that allows Kiwanuka to play more at defensive end, which is where he belongs. I’ve always wondered where Kiwi’s career had he a)been able to stay healthy and b)stayed at defensive end his whole career. I think he would’ve been a star. But the constant shuffling hasn’t helped and the injuries, obviously, hasn’t helped either.

-I don’t think Coby Fleener will end up being the pick. If anything, he won’t be there. He’s rising up boards. Even if he was, I’m not sure if he’ll be the pick, because that’s just not the Giants MO. Yes, it makes sense, but the Giants just don’t use tight ends like Fleener should be used. That’s what I wrote in the 10 guys who could be Giants post. It’s just not a fit. Fleener can’t block. End of story.

-Is Dwayne Allen more likely? Maybe. I think Allen is more traditional. He’s 6-3, which is a bit of concern. Giants, if they had their druthers, would want a 6-6 guy. The tight end class really isn’t that great.

-I think the Giants should draft a developmental QB. If anything, to get a Matt Flynn situation. There are some guys; check out the quick hit profiles on QBs for more. Russell Wilson? I kind of like Ryan Lindley from San Diego State, but once you get pass the middle rounds, the late round guys are kind of meh.

-I think the Giants will draft a running back. I think it will be middle rounds. Guys like Robert Turbin of Utah State, Terrance Ganaway of Baylor, Vick Ballard of Mississippi State could be in play.

-The Giants should draft a corner or two. Doesn’t have to be high. Josh Robinson of UCF. Omar Bolden of Arizona State. Leonard Johnson of Iowa State. Casey Hayward of Vanderbilt. Guys like that.

-I have a major draft crush on Bruce Irvin. He has one skill and does it tremendously well: get after the passer. He can fly off the snap. The Giants model has been to stockpile talent on the D-line. I think teams are going to start to follow this, for one simple reason: it works.

-I think a wide receiver is in order. Chris Givens of Wake Forest, AJ Jenkins of Illinois.

-I would love to get a few nasty guards on the line. I really like Quinton Saulsberry of Mississippi State. Guard/center. Plays hard. I like guys who have position versatility, especially inside. Ron Leary of Memphis. Phillip Blake of Baylor. Mike Brewster of Ohio State. Matt Reynolds of BYU, who can also play tackle.

-I was asked by my Patriots fan friend to break down the guys in this article. I did this on Facebook, but I’ll post it here, because it has some relevance.

Well let’s break it down: Harrison Smith is a smart safety, but not necessarily very athletic. Won’t be able to cover tight ends at the next level, but is reliable enough as a deep half safety to be a good last line of defense. Chase Minnifield is ok, I like him, but he’s nothing special. He knows what to do out there, but there are better corners ( I like Casey Hayward of Vanderbilt better). Tony Dye is more of a special teamer, which is valuable, but he’s not going to be a starter. Mark Barron won’t be there at 27 or 31, but he’s the best safety. Better going downhill than in coverage, but is athletic enough. Acts like a 4th linebacker. Kendall Reyes is interesting. Best as a 5 technique (outside¬†shoulder of tackle), which means he has to set the edge and stack and shed (basically engage the blocker and then get off of him to make plays in the run game). He could be the first round pick, or one of them. The Arkansas WRs, they’re really, really fast, but only play in the slot. Adams can return, too. Phillip Thomas, a bit on the smaller side, has character concerns. Chris Rainey is kind of a do-it-all scat back. Super fast, can catch, return, run. Kind of like Percy Harvin, but not as strong. Best impact will be as a returner. Shea McClellin reminds some of Clay Matthews. College defensive end who will be a linebacker in the pros. Up the field, rush the passer kind of guy. Could be a first round pick too. Michael Brockers, he’s really raw, but he can play 5 tech, nose. Projects more as a run stopper. I’m not sure if he’s ready to play Day 1, has a lot to work, is only a redshirt sophomore.

To which the girlfriend commented: “You’re a freak”. I think that’s about right. I’m a huge football nerd.


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One Response to “Thoughts and Musings”

  1. Jason C. says:

    Hey Jeremy, will you be attending the draft? Anyone else for that matter, I’ll be there, hoping for Fleener, but I’ve been saying the same as you in that I’m thinking it will be the BPRA (best pass rusher available), although Dre Kirkpatrick fits what they do defensively, and he’s been slipping in some boards. This year, after the top 6 picks (neither Luck, RG3, Kalil, Blackmon, Claiborne, or Richardson should slip past 10), the draft can go anywhere, so many players in that 7-50 range that could really go at any time.

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