It’s been a crazy weekend here at the Gab. The 2012 draft went by quickly. Kudos to the staff for doing a terrific job. Now that I’ve gotten some time to look into the 2012 Giants Draft Class, I’m ready to dissect it here for you.
Round 1: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech (5-10, 206)
I’ll be the first to admit it. At first, I wasn’t loving this selection. I knew from various Giants sources that Wilson was not the highest rated player on the Giants board at the time of their selection and Ralph Vacchiano of the NYDN confirmed my report, too. He was rated higher then RB Doug Martin, though. I still think the Giants would have been better suited going after a defensive player, or even trading down. After looking into Wilson more, I like the selection more and more as each day passes. The Giants haven’t had an explosive back since RB Tiki Barber a long ways back. Wilson, who was a track standout, will offer a tremendous blend of speed and power. He will add a dimension of catching the ball out of the backfield, too. That’s something the Giants haven’t had since Barber, either. Wilson can add value as a returner on special teams, but something tells me the Giants might not use him there. Don’t want to see him hurt.
Overall, I like the selection. I don’t love it, I like it. Wilson will make the Giants offense more explosive and versatile. Hopefully, OC Kevin Gilbride will use Wilson in ways he should be used – creating mismatch nightmares for defenses.
Round 2: Rueben Randle, WR, Louisiana State (6-3, 210)
This was the best value selection the Giants had all draft. Many draft pundits had Randle as a first round pick – heck he was rated a top 25 player by some. The big, tall 6-4 receiver can come in right away and play. He will be a “Z” receiver in the Giants offense, which will allow WR Victor Cruz to remain a slot receiver in three wide-out sets. Before the draft, the Giants had two starting wideouts who you could pencil in for 1,000 yard season. But behind that? Nothing. Barden hadn’t shown much. Jernigan was inconsistent at best last season and Hixon is coming off back to back ACL tears. Randle will provide some depth at the WR position, too.
Randle fell because of his lack of elite, break away speed. But as Giants GM Jerry Reese pointed out, Randle has break away game speed like his new teammate Hakeem Nicks has. Randle will be effective in the Giants system with his solid route running. I have a feeling QB Eli Manning will love Randle’s large frame, too. He’ll go up and get. This was probably the best pick the Giants had all draft.
Round 3: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech (5-10, 178)
I loved this selection, too. Hosley was one of the top corners in college two years ago, snathching 9 interceptions. His stock slipped due to failing a drug test at the combine and nagging injuries which plagued him last season. Although underzised, Hosley will be a good slot corner who has great awareness in zone coverage. He can come in right away and play in nickel packages. Aside from CB’s Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara and Terrell Thomas, the Giants have no other corners signed after this season. Hosley will provide some depth at the corner position. Hosley could wind up being the best selection in this draft in the long run. Another solid pick.
Round 4: Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati (6-4, 264) & Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn (6-6, 314)
Not sure I love the Robinson selection. Reese likened him to a “JPP” of tight ends. He has great upside, but the Giants might have been better suited drafting a tight end who can contribute more right away now. As Reese said, “He’s just a big, gigantic man with long arms and he’s a really good athlete.” The Giants have one of the best tight end coaches in the NFL in Mike Pope. I’m excited to see what he can do with Robinson. He won’t put up flashy numbers right away, but if Pope can get him to block consistently, then I’m fine with the pick. The Mosley selection was a good pick for me. I know some didn’t like it, but I think Mosley has the potential to be a starter down the line, which is something they need. Mosley could probably come in right away and play and it wouldn’t kill him. He might not be great right away, but with his mean streak, he can fight. He’ll be a fighter, that’s for sure. Mosley is a former defensive end and tight end who will be versatile in the NFL. He can play right tackle or guard. If he can be a swing linemen, a Kevin Boothe like, then the Giants got a steal.
Round 6: Matt McCants, OT, Alabama-Birmingham (6-6, 308)
I don’t really see this selection, to be honest. Why draft another tackle in this round? With the addition to Sean Locklear and now Mosley in the fold, the line is crowded. Almost too crowded. McCant’s might not make the team. He’s raw. He won’t be playing right away. The Giants will start him at LT and try and develop him. With LT Will Beatty entering the final year of his deal, I guess I can see that being their logic, but I don’t love this selection.