The draft is in the books, and now the grading happens. Of course, grading after a draft is probably pointless; we really have no idea how these players are going to fare. But based on what we know about the players, we can get a somewhat good idea.
I like Wilson. He is explosive. Big play ability. Can return kicks and catch out of the backfield. Here’s my issue: One, he’s not a short yardage runner, which the Giants needed. Two, I think that there were some better players out there: Courtney Upshaw, Cordy Glenn in particular. Obviously, the Giants had Wilson as their best player available. I’m not opposed to the pick. I think it’s good. I think he adds a new dimension to the offense. I’m just not sure if it was the best pick.
Their best pick. Randle had a first round grade by the Giants, and others, but fell . I think the Giants were surprised he was there at 63. Randle is a smooth, athletic wideout. Not the fastest. He comes from a run first offense at LSU. But that does mean he knows how to block. Look, this is a great value. He keeps Victor Cruz in the slot, where he belongs. The Giants will continue to use a lot of 3 wide looks, and Randle will be able to step right in and contribute.
You worry about his failed drug test at the combine, which is just stupid. But as long as that doesn’t become a habit, Hosley can contribute. He is athletic. Fast. Can jump. Ball hawk. Makes plays. He needs to bulk up and play more physically. But, they’re not asking him to be a shutdown corner. They’re asking him to be a 4th corner and play on special teams. I think in that role, he will excel. The B+ represents, mainly, the failed drug test at the combine. It’s just plain stupid, and you hope that it’s not an issue for him.
Adrien Robinson was a bit of a surprise pick. Not many knew him. But very athletic. Height, weight speed guy. Has everything you look for. Long arms. But raw. He has a lot of good traits, but didn’t produce in college. He probably could have been had later. You like his skill set, but he might be a long way from contributing. The Giants seem excited about him; he could have some special teams potential this year. And with Bennett, tight end wasn’t a pressing need. So they can allow him to develop. Is he practice squad material? Or do the Giants envision a bigger role for him? Time will tell, but from what I see, he’s a ways away.
I like this pick. I think Mosley has a lot of talent, and potential as a right tackle. Here’s my question: Why draft him when you drafted James Brewer a year ago? And then why, as we’ll talk about later, draft McCants later? I think Mosley, while he needs some work, isn’t too far off. Former TE and is coming from a spread system. But he’s so feisty and gets after it, that I think with some time in the weight room, he could potentially start this year, if not next. I like him, but I struggle with Brewer and then McCants.Interesting, to say the least.
I don’t get it. McCants has some skill and has great size and is still raw after only starting playing his senior year of high school. It’s not that I don’t like McCants, because he does have potential, but you draft Mosley and you have Brewer from last year. Is Brewer not working out? Look, Mosley is going to be a RT. McCants has LT feet and potential. So does this mean that they’re giving up on Brewer? I like drafting developmental tackles, but do you really need 3? There were questions about Brewer’s work habits; these picks could be a reflection of that. I don’t want to speculate though. If they were to just pick Mosley, that would make sense. But McCants seems unnecessary. Why not draft a linebacker? Or safety? Or a guard where the need is larger? You know, neither Mosley, Brewer or McCants project as guards. That’s fine, but it’s not like left guard is a strength. So I don’t know. I struggle with the idea of having 3 developmental tackles on your roster. I feel like one is enough. Yes, the Giants won the Super Bowl, but this was a 9-7 regular season team and they do have needs. I think safety is a huge need. I think that they could’ve gotten a pass rusher. Hell, a developmental QB would have been better. I like McCants, I just don’t get the wisdom of this pick. Clearly, the Giants feel differently.
Kuhn is an intriguing guy. German. Came to play at NC State. A bit older. Works hard and it shows. Relentless. He’s gonna get in the backfield and make plays on effort alone. Not a special talent, but you love the intensity and energy he brings. He has good size, but doesn’t stand out for anything other than his work rate. He will make plays and stick, and will carve out a niche as a rotational try-hard guy. A perfect 7th round pick.