NFL Draft: Could the Giants Have Gotten Better Value in Rounds One and Two?

The discussion rages on across the internet and talk radio on whether the Giants used their first two picks in last week’s draft wisely.  We believe the team may not have taken the “best players available” according to consensus, but took the best players that fit their model.

Over the years, the Giants have made some curious selections in the early rounds. Some have worked out, others have not. Which of those categories will the this year’s top two selections (OL Justin Pugh and DL Jonathan Hankins) fall under?

More from Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast:

When the Giants were on the clock at pick 19, 6 offensive linemen had already come off the board:

1st rd OL

The Giants of course selected Justin Pugh. Was it a “need pick?” Were they going to draft an offensive lineman come hell or high water? The Giants are too well run to let details of their draft board leak, so we’ll never know if they had Florida DT Sharrif Floyd rated higher than Pugh or not. A few days ago, I did a breakdown of Pugh, and have come around on the pick. However, with hindsight being 20/20, and having the benefit of knowing how the 2nd round played out, would you have rather drafted Floyd and either Kentucky OG Larry Warford or Arkansas Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead, who were both available at the Giants pick at 49? Or would you be content with the way it played out? Both scenarios have an OL/DT combo:

Which 1st round / 2nd round combo would you have preferred?

Justin Pugh and Jonathan Hankins
Sharrif Floyd and either Larry Warford or Terron Armstead?