John Fennelly, Lead WriterConor Orr of the Star-Ledger reports the Giants had a group of prospects in yesterday as part of their pre-draft visits. The big name was Michigan OT Taylor Lewan (6’7″, 310) whose draft stock is rising even with legal issues still hanging over his head.
Lewan would be perfect for the Giants. He’s one of those franchise building blocks teams drool over. He echoes memories of the team’s beloved “Suburbanites”, the lunchpail overachievers that led the Giants back to glory under Bill Parcells in the 1980’s.
It’s unfortunate that many top mockers are now projecting Lewan as a top-10 pick, meaning he’d be out of reach for the Giants at No. 12.
Also among the group, according to Conor, was Washington State safety Deone Bucannon. With Will Hill almost certain to be suspended, the Giants are in the market to replace him and Bucannon (6’1″, 211) may be on their radar.
It’s doubtful he’ll last past the second round, however. Bucannon fits the mold of the new “Seattle-type” secondary player many teams are interested in these days…from CBSSports.com:
“First-team All-American whose dependability near the line of scrimmage with 78 solo tackles (tied for 11th in the country) and three forced fumbles and in coverage — six interceptions — underscores his all-around ability.Bucannon’s ideal size, hard-hitting style and fierce competitive nature are exactly what teams seek safety. However, his limited flexibility and poor awareness and reaction time in coverage are measured shortcomings.”