NFL Draft: Monday Mailbag

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Got a lot of mail about the draft the past few days, and instead of writing 35 feature pieces, I consolidated the questions in an effort to make things easier.

We’ve been hearing a lo about who will be there when the Giants select at No. 12. Let’s rephrase the question: Who will NOT be there when the Giants select at No. 12?

Screen shot 2014-05-04 at 7.17.50 AMDE Jadeveon Clowney, WR Sammy Watkins, OT Greg Robinson, LB Khalil Mack and OT Jake Matthews are certain to be gone early. OT Taylor Lewan is moving up, as are DT Aaron Donald and WR Mike Evans. I expect some trades, so it’s hard to tell which teams move up and down and what they perceive as value at those positions.

Will the Giants take a QB in this draft? If Johnny Manziel is available, could they take him?

Jerry Reese hasn’t ruled anything out, but I can’t see the Giants taking a QB in the first round this year. They may look for a value pick later on in the draft, but that’s what they did last year with Ryan Nassib. And look how that turned out. Pitt’s Tom Savage has emerged as a solid prospect. Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas could be a late round steal, but he’s still a bit raw. As for Manziel, he probably won’t be around at 12, but if he is, the Giants will probably pass. It sure would be interesting, though, if they didn’t. Many see him as the prototype QB of the Millennium, a la Colin Kaepernick, RGIII and Russell Wilson. If that’s the case, he won’t get past the Rams at No. 2.

Is there a sleeper or player you see that is not getting enough pre-draft attention?

There’s several. WR Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt is one. This guy could walk right into any NFL facility right now and cause a stir. He had 112 receptions last year for 1477 yards in the SEC last year. Matthews is beginning to climb, however, and some team will steal him once he drops into Round Two. The Giants could be one those teams.

Stanford OLB/DE Trent Murphy could be a bit underrated as a pass rusher, even though he had 15 sacks in 2013, the most in the Nation. He could be a Round 3 guy but I don’t think he’ll be a Giant. Let’s just hope the Eagles and Cowboys don’t grab him.

DT Jay Bromley of Syracuse was a highly-productive college player that could be a nice value pick in the 6th round and beyond. At 6’3″, 306, he fits the prototype and is durable and strong with some quickness. He is a hard-worker who takes the game seriously and is from Syracuse, a school the Giants aren’t afraid to draft from.

LB Glenn Carson of Penn State looks to be one of those dyed-in-the-wool tackling machines the school has been churning out for years. Not sure how he’ll do in the NFL, but if you watch his tape, he’s always in position to make plays.




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Jaime Rios
Jaime Rios

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spider43
spider43

If three QBs are taken in the Top 10, there's at least a 50/50 chance that one or both of Lewan or Donald will be available when the Giants are on the clock. There's even a scenario where Matthews could fall to them, but I think the odds of that happening are probably as slim as the odds of Mike Evans falling to them at #12. I think as long as the Giants could end up with one of Lewan or Donald (I have no preference), I think the Giants will be on their way to having what SHOULD be Reese's best draft since 2007.


1. Lewan LT or Donald DT


2. Nicklas TE  ND


3. Martin  C  USC  or Swanson  C  Ark (Richburg will be gone, no shot at him; Martin may be gone as well)


4. Urban  DE  Va


5. Sims  RB  WVa


5. Hakeem Smith  S  Lou


6.  Ron Powell  OLB  Fla


I'm sure the Giants will be tempted to chase a WR during the draft, but I don't think the 3rd, 4th, or 5th round receivers offer as much value and staying power to make the 53 man roster as someone like Martin C or Urban DE would. So I have the Giants avoiding drafting a WR, and then trying to sign a couple of undrafted WR's instead (ala Victor Cruz). Maybe they can find a tall, athletic WR project from the undrafted players. I think the Giants have enough depth now at WR that they can afford to ignore the position in this draft. It doesn't mean they will do what I'm saying; I'm sure the Giants could prove me wrong and draft a WR. But I went with a S and a LB in the 5th and 6th rounds because of the lack of depth the Giants have there (especially if the Giants end up releasing Will HIll). Both Smith and Powell have decent coverage skills; Powell was once one of the most highly touted defensive recruits going from high school to Florida. He will be in his 2nd year removed from an ACL surgery in 2012 and have regained his speed and ability in time for training camp. He could be a diamond in the rough for a LB corp that needs more speed and athleticism. In other words, he SHOULD be what Jacquain Williams was supposed to be, except that Williams is always banged-up by injury.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

1st. LT- T. Lewan  

2nd.  C- W. Richburg

3rd.  WR- D. Moncrief,  6'2", 221LB's...

4th. RB- T. West, 5'9", 225LB's...

5th. WR- Shaq Evans, 6'1", 213LB's...

5c. DT- Z. Kerr, 6'1", 326LB's...

6th. DT-Caraun Ried, 6'2", 302LB's...


thatfunk
thatfunk

@JohnFennelly  I absolutely love Jordan Matthews' game and believe he's going to have the most consistent season of all rookie WR's. This kid is the real deal! Glad he's starting to get some love the week of the draft!

I'm trying to figure out how "35 pieces" only translates into 3 question and answers.

cole3244
cole3244

the more i think about it i would like to see the jints trade back and draft carlos hyde from osu and pick up extra pick(s), hyde would improve the running game which would protect eli and imo you still need a running game in bad weather, to protect a lead, and to keep the d honest.


the nfl is a copycat league maybe its time to think outside the box for a change since everyone is focusing on the passing game on both sides of the ball.

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

Skook...

Did you change your mind about TE Jace Amaro in Round 2? I know you were HIGH on him. I also like Amaro, but I think he'll be gone by the time the Giants pick at #43.

My pick for Round 2...TE Troy Niklas Notre Dame, 6' 7" 270 pounds! Pretty good receiver with smarts, but a great blocker which we NEED him to be. Niklas would look good in Big Blue. A blue collar type that Giants fans love. Niklas is my pick here unless they with go Eric Ebron in the first round which I don't think they will...not a good blocker.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Skookaloop Nice list, however; not sure the Giants will draft 2 WR and 2 DT. What about a TE and a DE instead

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@thatfunk @JohnFennelly Jordan Matthews is really rising up on the board and could very well be a value pick. He has all the tools be a successful WR in the NFL

thatfunk
thatfunk

@cole3244  Hyde is fantastic, but someone will take him early in the 2nd round, if not round 1. I don't believe he will be available when we select in round 2. I also think we should address the O-line or D-line with the first two picks. There's several solid RB prospects this year who can be had after round 3 or 4, Charles Sims from West Virginia being my personal favorite.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@cole3244 with a deep draft that would make a lot of sense, especially if the players the Giants are looking at are gone. Unfortunately; many teams will most likely not want to surrender any of their picks, so the Giants may not be able to