The Giants Draft

I don’t get hung up on draft grades, nobody knows how these picks will perform until we see them on the field. (A good example of this is Mel Kiper giving the Giants 2007 Draft a C-)  What I grade a draft on is how well it appears to fill the needs of the team and from that standpoint the Giants hit a home run.

Think about the offseason.  The Giants lost Brandon Jacobs, Mario Manningham and Aaron Ross.  They didn’t bring Kareem McKenzie back and they lost two tight ends to injury in the Super Bowl.  And look what they did with their first five picks- RB, WR, CB, TE, OL.  In other words they went down their list of needs and filled them.

But beyond that, I like the picks they made. Wilson strikes me as a tough runner, someone who has speed but can also pound the ball.  Randle reminds me more of Steve Smith than Mario Manningham, but that probably works better in the Giants current scheme. Hosley fell down the draft boards because he failed a drug test, nobody doubts that he can play and you can never have too many cornerbacks.

Adrien Robinson struck me as a reach based on his production, but then I saw Jerry Reese compare his athleticism to that of Jason Pierre-Paul’s and I understood the pick.  I don’t mind taking a flier in the fourth round at all and I think they did that with this pick and their other 4th rounder- Brandon Moseley.  If they are right, they have their future starting TE and right tackle.  Matt McCants seems like a good depth player at left tackle.  Markus Kuhn gives them another body to rotate in on the defensive line.

Add it all up and I think the Giants did a great job reloading on offense.  The one thing they didn’t do is draft someone who can rush the passer.  That could prove to be a problem if the Osi Umenyiora situation continues to deteriorate.



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