bryan stork

Giants’ potential draft target: C Bryan Stork, FSU

Today’s draft nugget is center Bryan Stork of Florida State (6’4″, 315), an interesting player that scouts have given mixed grades over the past months.

Many fans and pundits believe the Giants could be eyeing a center later on in the draft. One of those players could be Stork. A solid and dependable blocker in both the run and pass game, the 2013 Rimington Trophy winner could be a mid-to-late round steal for a team looking to develop a center.

With the Giants focusing on bringing in the best available players in the first 3-4 rounds, they won’t get around to taking fliers until Saturday. With two fifth round picks, the Giants might get lucky with a player such as Stork on Day Three.

What’s being said about Stork….

CBSSports.com: Stork closed out his career by winning the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center while also earning First Team All-ACC honors by the league’s coaches as well as the media. He started 40 career games, and helped pave the way for one of the nation’s most explosive offenses in 2013.

Tenacious and technically-sound center whose awareness and reliability made him an underrated factor in Jameis Winston’s Heisman campaign. Very good initial quickness, whether snapping the ball out of shotgun or the traditional exchange and turning to seal off defenders or releasing to block downfield. Shoots his hands into the chest plate of defenders and plays with his knees bent and butt down, maximizing his leverage.


NFL.com: Good-sized, bump-and-steer blocker ideally suited for a zone-blocking, slide-protection scheme. Smart, tough technician capable of serving as an interior swing backup and could eventually fend for a starting job as a pivot. Will be best developed by a patient, respectful position coach.

Walter Football: Stork and Florida State dominated the competition this season. He was a solid run-blocker and a pass-protector for Jameis Winson, although the Seminoles didn’t see a lot of challenging interior defenders. Stork left the game against Maryland with a concussion. He played well against Miami and Florida. His medical issues could see him downgraded.

Sources tell WalterFootball.com that Stork is grading out as a third-day player because he isn’t overly strong or athletic. Stork didn’t run at the Combine, and his medical evaluation was very important.

Fennelly: Stork does have his detriments, a top-heavy body and a propensity to get pushed around when upright, which is what has most scouts downgrading him. All of which is correctable. The positives seem to be outweighing the negatives here.




12 comments
Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

There is a possibility that Mack falls into the top 3. Been reading a lot of reports stating this and it makes a lot of sense.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Sign me up...Evans, Amaro/Niklaus then Stork. Great.

mcfly
mcfly

Ill give you another late round sleeper, Matt Feiler. Big tackle who will slide to guard in the NFL (much like another former Bloomsburg Husky - Jahri Evans). Another project who could provide depth

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

There's no doubt the Gants need to draft a center. The question is which round. your suggestion is that they should draft a center in round 2 as Richburg has been slated to go in the 2nd round along with Martin from USC. Personally, whether you're right or wrong, I don't see the Giants drafting a center in the 2nd round. Instead, look for them to draft one either in rounds 3-5. centers like Larsen, Stork and even Swanson should all be available during those rounds.

Joseph Bulger III
Joseph Bulger III

Stork may be the guy JR ends up with, but multiple in-depth reports indicate he will need a year in the NFL weight room before he's ready to be a consistent starter.  That's not where the Giants are at Center today.  Their FA acquisition of J.D. Walton isn't very likely to be the answer, as he hasn't provided a game snap since early 2012, and worse his last full season of 2011 was graded by PFF as the WORST Center in the entire LEAGUE.  The Giants let able backup Kevin Boothe go to the Raiders.  In his place on the depth chart is Dallas Reynolds, the perennial Eagles practice squad journeyman who they finally cut.  The Giants need a starting caliber Center who will challenge J.D. for the starting job early in camp, and that's not likely to be Stork.  Instead, Weston Richburg makes more sense if the Giants are serious about fixing the broken blocking and pass protection right away... making adjustments while heading down the 0-6 path again would certainly result in Mara sending both JR and Coughlin on their way.      

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Peter Sinapi the only possible way that Evans is still on the board at 12 for the Giants is if Tampa at 7 decide to go with an OL (possibly Lewan) or an Defensive player (maybe Barr). However, if they want another weapon opposite Jackson, then Evans goes to Tampa. However; the Lions could decide to take a CB instead at #10 (probably Gilbert). Again, if they want a WR to compliment Megatron, then Evans could go to Detroit. A lot needs to happen for Evans to fall into the Giants lap.

By the way, Stork is projected to go in the 4th round and not the 3rd round

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@mcfly Feiler is a big boy and the one thing about OL is that you can find a good player in any round more than any other position in football. read a few scouting reports on Feiler and most have him as a project and not drafted at all. could be a free agent signing and then put on a practice squad. Hopefully he can develop into a solid OT in the NFL.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Are to you the same guy that killed me for Evans? Lol j/k. I think the draft can go a lot of ways. There is always someone taken unexpectedly early. I don't see Detroit taking a WR. They just spent money on Tate. Tampa might go QB if one of the big 3 are available. I'm hoping Derek Carr finds his way into the top 10. I see 11 non QB elite players that I want. So I would be happy no matter what. But given my choice, I want Evans. But like you have poured out several times, there are plenty of fall back options. My top 12 non QB Big Board:

1-Clowney

2-Evans

3-Watkins

4-Robinson

5-Matthews

6-Lewan

7-Mack

8-Ebron

9-Donald

10-Dennard

11-Gilbert

12-Barr

I really, really don't see them going defense. Which means including the 3 QBs there has to be 1 more guy that slides in to avoid going defense as BPA.

mcfly
mcfly

I agree he is a project, but he suffers from a small school stigma and the dreaded "he has short arms". Take a chance in the 7th, and let him develop as a guard for a year or two. He could be a very serviceable backup.

What has hurt our team for several years is lack of depth, we need guys who have projection - who could be possible diamonds in the rough or if need be spot start a game. I'm not a fan of signing guys (just for an example: Cordle) who we know will never amount to anything but a below average backup. Firmly believe should always go with projection/project, as they can always surprise you (ala Tom Brady)

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Peter Sinapi I would very surprised if Carr falls not only in the top 10, but into the 1st round.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Peter Sinapi I'm still not sold on Evans as you are. Just stating what a possible scenario could be.

mcfly
mcfly

My own personal non qb list:

1. Robinson

2. Clowney

3. Mack

4. Watkins

5. Matthews

6. Lewan

7. Evans

8. Donald

9. Dennard

10. Jernigan

11. Ebron

The top 4 are a cut above the rest

I'm really not that high on Barr

You are correct, the best case scenario is the more QBs in the top 10 the better