John Fennelly, Lead WriterFor 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.