Posted on: May 2, 2010 12:25 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2010 8:24 am

NY Giants Draft Grades

It’s been a over a week since the draft, so I have had adequate time to digest and develop some initial reactions to the Big Blue pix.

Overall strategy (Grade C-): I am concerned about an apparent lack of drafting for needs.  DE and DT were not nearly paramount on the needs list.  What did we do?  Took a DE 15th overall who is a project with great tools in the first and a mountain of a DT in the second.  Safety should not have been on the list with Rolle signed as our free agent gem this year and Kenny Phillips return.  That said, if Phillips is not ready, I am willing to concede a 3rd pick for insurance.  I really hope to be proved wrong at MLB as Dillard was a late enough pick to make me very nervous.  Almost cavalier.  Do the Jint brass really think that the hole at MLB can be filled by Dillard, Goff, Wilkinson or Blackburn?  This is the defensive quarterback.  I am not a believer here at all.  An unwillingness to trade up or go after a proven vet like Morrison who was traded shortly after the Raiders made him expendable by taking the guy we needed, McClain, heaped even more disappointment on this draft for me.

Round 1 (Grade C) Jason Paul Pierre, DE: Very risky picks can reap huge rewards.  Despite recent news of possible back issues, he has the tools but is so rough gotta be concerned.  Given the depth we have at DE and the serious needs we have elsewhere this was a very unnecessary risk to take with so much other talent on the board.

Round 2 (Grade B) Linval Joseph, DT:   A lower risk pick, but once again one where depth at the position demanded attention  further down in the draft than 2nd round.  That said, this kid looks like he could be our ultimate answer to the middle of that D-line.  Now if we can trade Canty back to the Cowboys?

Round 3 (Grade B+) Chad Jones, SS: Kid looks like great value at the position.  Will probably make us happy long term as even if Phillips is back, with the nature of the injury, he will not be playing safety for us in 5 years.  This kid will.  Maybe we should have taken a Safety for this need earlier?  Probably would have like to have had Taylor Mays in the second and Dan Williams in the first instead.  We could have reached for a DE here with Everson Griffen.

Round 4 (Grade B+) Phillip Dillard, ILB: Good value here for the position of biggest need.  Kid is rough.  Needed less of a project.  Now we need a vet that can hold down the fort and teach the kid how to play it until he is ready for it.

Round 5 (Grade A+) Mitch Petrus, G:   My favorite pick of the draft.  Depth at guard was a need in my eyes going into the draft.  This guy is a monster who can develop and eventually take over for Seubert in a year or 2.  He will probably compete with Kevin Boothe for the privilege.

Round 6 (Grade B) Adrian Tracey, OLB: Played DE but is projected to shift to OLB and provide depth.  Drafted this late, we’ll have to see how playing DE for 4 years at William & Mary will work out.  Reese obviously like this guy’s motor and physical gifts.

Round 7 (Grade F) Matt Dodge, P:   Wasted pick.  All I have read about this guy leads me to believe he doesn’t make the team.  A punter with lack of leg strength could be a problem.  Further knocks on this kid are that he does not get good hang time and has to resort to rugby style kicks when trying to pin it inside the 20.

Category: NFL Draft
Tags: Giants, NFL, NY Giants
Posted on: April 13, 2010 3:15 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 11:50 am

Thank the Football Gods! Almost Draft time!

Our oasis in the middle of the offseason, the life-ring we can cling to for a few weeks of survival during the painfully long downtime.

Lots of interesting stories developing but my big blue blinders are firmly in place as I assess potential Jint Rookies and try to anticipate the competitions' picks that will no doubt affect our choices.

Each year I try not to get too high on a particular player for first round as it is so uncertain who will actually fall to you the further down you have that first choice.  That said, there is always one that you know will be a heartbreaker.  It looks like this year's Heartbreak Kid will be Rolando McClain.   I love the idea of adding McClain.  He appears to be exactly what we need from the draft.  Our defense had a number of issues last year.  The biggest ones were, 1) injuries decimating our quality but thin secondary, 2) the sun setting on Antonio Pierce's days as a defensive leader and effective MLB, and 3) Bill Sheridan's all to willing approach to fixing what wasn't broken by dismantling the defensive scheme Steve Spagnolo had left him.  I actually believe this last item contributed to the other 2 rather than the reverse.  Still the bottom line for 2010 is we have no heir apparent in the middle anymore.  Goff did nothing to make me believe he was the future last year.  Sintim had flashes and will probably be a very good linebacker longterm, but I really do not like him inside.  He will play outside and impress us all.  Boley will be much better this year after playing with us for a year and should handle starting on the other side.  McClain could and should be the answer but we might have to trade up to get him.  If we don't we will have to look to a trade for a veteran to lead our defense.  Who's out there?  Will have to post on that later on.

The pundits seem to have declared the Jacobs era over and many are expecting us to go with Spiller or even Matthews with our first pick.  Jacobs, Bradshaw, Ware, Williams and last year's 4th rounder, Andre Brown should be fine.  I expect Jacobs to bounce back and Bradshaw to be fully healed as well.  If we do grab one of these backs maybe we could package one of our veteran in a deal for a MLB.

If we lose McClain to another team, I'd would rather see us look to maybe pick up one of the big OT's or DT's like Williams who could easily fall to us instead of a RB. I don't expect Okung, or Treat Williams nor do I expect Suh or McCoy, but OTs Bulaga, Davis and Brown or DTs Wililams, or Odrick would be a great addition for the future or even have some impact this year.  It'll take at least 2 years to develop an OT.  We got one started last year.  We could probably start another this year.  MacKenzie is entering his 10th year and missed 4 games last season.  Diehl is in his 7th year and is not the prototypical LT, but plays it at the highest level now.  In another 2 years, his career would be extended with a move to his more natural LG position.  Unless Canty can actually play this year and meet expectations, we don't have depth or much promise in the interior defensive line.  Alford and Coefield continue to develop into nice players but we need at least 2 other big talented bodies in there we can depend on.  Robbins is gone.

That should cover it for now.  Hope someone enjoys this.

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