2014 NFL Draft: ND’s Niklas could fall right in Giants’ lap

Notre Dame's 6'7", 270lb TE Troy Niklas could be a draft target for the Giants.

Notre Dame’s 6’7″, 270lb TE Troy Niklas could be a draft target for the Giants.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

For the past two decades, the Giants have been trying to find the next Mark Bavaro. They came close with Jeremy Shockey, and then Kevin Boss. Jake Ballard was pleasant surprise. Martellus Bennett came and went.

Brandon Myers is a talented player, but he just doesn’t fit the Giant mold. And then there’s Adrien Robinson…

It’s clear the Giants need a TE that can take charge of a football game. They need one just as badly as they need offensive lineman.

Well, this morning they just may have gotten lucky: Notre Dame’s massive Troy Nicklas has chosen to enter the NFL Draft.

From Rotoworld: A Mackey Award semifinalist, Niklas caught just 28 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns in 2013, but checks in at a mountainous 6-foot-7, 270 pounds. Rotoworld’s Josh Norris believes there’s a chance Niklas is among the draft’s first 50 picks. Already a plus blocker, a strong Combine showing would make Niklas a highly sought after upside pick.

Notre Dame has produced several top TEs in recent years. John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Fasano and Tyler Eifert are all productive NFL players. Niklas may end up being the best of them all.

From JJ Stankevitz of CSNChicago:

Despite only having two years as a tight end under his belt, Niklas is an extremely projectable NFL prospect. At 6-foot-7, 270 pounds, Niklas has elite size and athleticism for the position, and developed into a solid in-line and detached blocker last fall.

He’s got to be on the Giants’ radar. Perhaps a little raw, but in the hands of TE guru Mike Pope, Niklas may be the solution for the Blue at TE.

25 comments
willie24
willie24

Giants can't lose here.  They need a blocking,receiving tight end as much as a new tackle.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Sammy Watkins - there I plugged his name again! #mancrushingsammy

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

As the SNYGiants mentioned many times on his topic. The NFL combine will be the barometer to many prospects climbing up or falling down the draft board. Every year, 1 or 2 players either way change many mock drafts overnight. Too early for me to say which direction the Giants are going in this draft. Will make that evaluation after the combine.

Tommy Kendall
Tommy Kendall

I don't thing that Troy Niklas will make it past the Patriots' 2nd Rd pick.  


Especially with the uncertainty of Gronkowski's injury/recovery, the loss of Hernandez, and their offensive playbook /QB play which is designed to make a STAR out of a player like Troy Niklas. 


So here's the question - Is he worth an early to mid 2nd Rd. pick?  For the Giants this would be #44 overall vs. the Patriots pick which could be as early as #56 overall or more likely #60+ overall. I don't think he will still be on the board at the Giants' 3rd Rd. pick - # 76 overall.  


Any thoughts?

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Only if the NYG " TRADE BACK for a LATE 1st and late 2nd,

Having say,the 1st Round 26th Pick & 2nd Round 26th Pick,

Plus their 2nd Round 12th Pick...

***1st. 26th- OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor....

2nd.12th- CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech.....

***2nd 26th- TE Niklas

3rd. 12th- OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St.

4th. 12th- CB Stanley-Jean Baptiste, Nebraska

5th. 12th- RB/FB Carlos Hyde, 6', 235LB's, Ohio St.

6th 12th- WR/KR L'Damian Washington, Missouri

Mocking it up in January



Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

There could be at least 3 players who the Giants will covert available at 12.  interesting to see which direction they go.

smanj
smanj

Maybe you can't call it "recently", but Notre Dame also produced Mark Bavarro

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

This is the kind of TE the Giants absolutely NEED - a monster-sized target for Eli with good hands AND that blocks very well. He could turn out to be our Gronk or Graham. That said, we need to draft Offensive line first and foremost. Eli is still our franchise QB and if he has no time to throw, our offense is basically useless. I hope Niklas somehow falls into our lap in round 3 if possible. If that happens I'd be very happy with that pick. This draft we really need to strike gold. We have more holes than we've had in many years...Reese's job should now be on the line If he doesn't turn this around in a hurry...

Serge Marinkovic
Serge Marinkovic

I liked his gamesmanship and his athletic prowess is elite and still developing.  NY Giants should invest their 2nd rounder with him.  The first round hopefully is for a LOT  

John Finnerty
John Finnerty

Niklas will probably be a late 2nd to 4th round pick.  (He was given a third round grade in his eval). Hoping the Giants take him has no impact on expecting them to draft an OL (or two) early. I think he would be perfect for the Giants.

vincent
vincent

If the Giants take anything other then an offensive-lineman in the first round it's a disgrace. The only player who breaks that rule is Sammy Watkins if he's still available with the 12th pick, besides that I don't want to see any other position but offensive-line taken in the first round and maybe even the 2nd round as well; their offensive-line is that poor in my mind.

John Finnerty
John Finnerty

 I agree.  He would work well in Belichek's offense.  It is probable that he will move up the boards based on combine and workout results.  He is a freak athlete.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

 If he grades well in the combines, he doesn't get out of the first round. Teams covet these big TEs

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Just like Reese your forgetting LB a position of need. You not sure if Beason comes back and any other LB on this team couldn't cover their mother. Giants won't touch anything coming out of VT this year.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@fast_eddie The 2014 OL class is not as strong as last seasons 2013 class in the 1st round. However; through rounds 2-6, the OL class is deeper than last season. With that being said; the Giants have other needs to address as well such as: TE/RB/WR/CB/OLB. With an expected cap space of nearly $17.5M and the possibility of voiding out current contracts as well; the Giants are looking at nearly $30M of cap space this off season. It wouldn't surprise me if they sign 1, maybe 2 OL in free agency and also draft another (not in the 1st rd). Since free agency is relatively weak at the C position (based affordability), I can see the Giants drafting a center between rounds 2-6.

I can also see the Giants exploring a RB in free agency as well (Ben Tate)...This seasons draft is a vital one for Reese as he has had 2 questionable drafts in a row. I just can't Reese and the Giants drafting an OL in 2 straight seasons.

It wouldn't surprise me if the Giants draft more of an impact player in the 1st round. Who that might be is anyone's guess at this point.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@John Finnerty The combines will determine where he goes, if he grades well, he doesn't get out of the first round 

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@vincent Niklas is perhaps a Gronk with a brain, a tougher, stronger Jimmy Graham. I don't see the Giants taking him at 12, but if he is there in Rd 2, they've got to take him

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@Bo Beck the problem with drafting a LB high now is that they only play 2 LBs for 75% of the game. Beason is one and Paysinger and Williams are the other

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@Bo Beck 

Yes, it's Paramount that LB Beason comes back,

in  ANY  NYG's MOCK DRAFT...

BUT,

Re-Building REESE's MESS will take 2 DRAFTs....

LB's are in my 2nd Phase...2015 DRAFT Plan...

it's Pointless to Give FeWell any LB'er that WON'T PLAY...

AFTER another 7-9 Season---

FeWell will Be FAKE RETIRED,

and MARA will Say" the DEFENSE is BROKEN !!!"

RERESE will Say " it SUCKs being 7-9 Again !!!"

"but now that the PROBLEM is Gone ( FeWell)"

The New DC will Beg to DRAFT, COVER & BLITZing LBer's...



smanj
smanj

@SNYGiants LOL, I had erased him from my memory

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@SNYGiants @Bo Beck 

Yes, i AGREE.....

plus, YOU can NEVER have to many CB's.

Lets Double Draft in 2014, to FILL NEEDS,

and Build Roster Depth in the O-Line & CB's...

it's a PASSing LEAGUE....

Than with the NEW 2015 DC,

get  2 LBer's that FIT his Defense...

2015 Draft

1. WR

2. LB

3. LB

4. BPA

5. BPA

6. BPA

7. BPA