NFL Draft, Day Two: Giants fill holes with leaders of tomorrow

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Ability. Production. Character. Leadership. Versatility. Durability. That is what the Giants have brought under their roof in the first three rounds of the draft thus far. You can’t ask for much more.

2013 was a forgettable season for the Giants. Change was needed and change has come. Many fans might not like the choices made, but like a wise man once said. It’s not always about getting the best players, it’s about getting the right ones.

I think that’s what we’re seeing here at Radio City this weekend. The Giants are bringing in their leaders of tomorrow. Oh, and they all can play football, too.

Sure, they could have traded up here or traded back there, but that is not always the way to go. The Giants have let the draft come to them and plucked players that they wanted to wear the Blue: hard-working, team-oriented young men with integrity and a short distance to travel from the collegiate ranks to the pros.

I’ve been getting a lot negative emails and comments regarding WR Odell Beckham Jr. Not sure why. He’s a solid pick. The only negative I see is his height, but I’ve been told by countless evaluators to slough all of that off. Beckum will help the Giants in countless ways, I’ve been told. He will help the Giants right their passing game by doing basically what Hakeem Nicks did for them, only he’ll get into the paint. I’ve also been told that whatever returners the Giants have should be put on notice. In my dealings with him, I believe he has the attributes to be a special player here.

Y’all wanted a center, well now you got one. The first one taken, too. Weston Richburg has the chance to be a very good one. A tough, smart player that can move and pull, which is something that will be required of the center in Ben McAdoo’s new offense.  Yes, he needs to get stronger, but if I’m not mistaken, that huge room along the hallway between the locker room and the commissary is chock full of weights. The Giants will get him stronger. I can’t tell you how solid a pick this was. I never wrote him up because I didn’t think they’d be in position to get him. The Giants are getting away from the plodding-types on the o-line and embracing more athletic, quicker players. Richburg fits right into that initiative.

The Giants needed one more body for their DT rotation and Syracuse’s Jay Bromley – a player I had pegged for the Giants as possibility the other day -is the guy they chose in Round Three to fill that role. The Giants are hoping Bromley can bring some pressure up the middle along with his run-stuffing ability. He was team captain at Syracuse and is another high-character guy. Any complaints with this pick? Not from me.

Jerry Reese is filling the holes quite nicely. Adding skill and backbone to his sagging roster. Still on my shopping list: TE, DB, RB, DE. A lot to ask, but so far, so good.

 

 

 




26 comments
drewc
drewc

I don't have a problem with the picks.  I think like a lot of other Giants fans,  I'm concerned with the Giant's ability to play "The Draft Game".  They seem to not have a grasp on what the market is for their picks or they just don't care.  I think there was some chances to trade down and get additional picks for the Giants and still get their "guy" but they decided not to.   Maybe it will work out but I would feel more comfortable if they had gotten additional picks.  

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

I like the picks so far. Going into the draft, I felt there were 3 holes that were far more pressing than the others & they were outside WR, C/G, and TE. So far they have filled 2 of them, rather nicely I may add, and added a DT that should be able to step in & help right away. The only gripe I have is them not trading down in round 1, selecting Kelvin Benjamin with a mid-20's pick, and add a 2nd round 2 pick. By doing that I believe they could have landed Richburg as well as either Niklas or Amaro in round 2. It may have required some maneuvering to get ahead of Arizona, which would have resulted in them losing the 3rd rounder they used on the DT, but they would have filled their 3 biggest holes that way. Then again, I wasn't in the draft room so I don't know if they even received an offer to move back to the mid-20's & get an additional 2nd rounder. If the option was there, I think they missed the boat on it. If it wasn't, then Reese has done a very good job addressing needs thus far.

One thing I must say is that so many fans leave me scratching my head. Reese did a great job addressing the OL in free agency, leaving only the C/G position(s) needing depth. Despite that, so many fans were screaming for the Giants to use the 12th overall pick on an interior lineman. Very rarely are interior lineman drafted in the first round, let alone with a top 15 pick. They are drafted in the second round, right where Richburg was. Plus, it has been almost 30 years since the Giants have spent back to back first rounders on the same position. It wasn't don't by Ernie Acorsi & it hasn't been done by Jerry Reese, so don't expect it to happen any time in the foreseeable future. Reese drafted Pugh last year, bulked up the D & OL in free agency, therefore the only pick that made sense in the first round this year was an explosive WR. I don't get how fans could be upset with this pick. The Giants have done exactly what they needed to do to get this team headed on the right track. Before fans complain, they should look a little further into the actions of their favorite organization. Past actions are a good predictor of future behavior & based upon Reese's past actions, these first 3 picks were pretty much expected & foreseeable.

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

"Ability. Production. Character. Leadership. Versatility. Durability". John, please relax a little. I'm sure you had good things to say about the previous drafts also. I like the 1st two picks, but Beckum's size does matter, Eli loves to just throw it up for grab with his outside receivers and if the corner is 3 inches taller it's a factor. Hopefully the O-Line changes work because that was the biggest issue last season.


Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Mr.F--

Your Secret Draft Experts need to be RE-evaluated....

The CHANGE that was NEEDed was to,

STOP REACHing in the DRAFT,

Your  Col. Klink,  attitude is a JOKE....

This is EXACTLY why the NYG's 2013 Season,

was so AWFUL....

POOR ROSTER DEPTH,

caused by BAD Drafting....

REESE could of Traded Back TWICE

and he DIDN'T....

Losing HUGE VALUE....

This DIRECTLY EFFECTS the ROSTER...

But ONCE again Col. Klink,

Knows Nothing.....


DT Jay Bromely is and EZ 32 slot REACH,

thats 1 Full Round, PLUS !!!

Your NEW Buddy Mike Mayock,

thinks he is a Huge Reach...

you should listen to him.....

WR D. Moncrief or CB K. McGill,

should have been the 3rd Round Pick....

DT Jay Bromely would have been there in the 4th & 5th....

REESE has Set-Back the GIANTS another Year....

REESE uses the DRAFT like a 18 year old College Freshmen,

with Daddy's Credit Card.........

......... RECKLESS

REESE is a DRAFT CLOWN





mcfly
mcfly

We still have holes, sure, but one draft wasn't going to solve that. Beckum is a very good player (my complaint being that he isn't a flanker), Weston-Richburg is solid (again reminds me of Bass), and I cant speak on our last pick. I'd say B- so far.

Looking at the upcoming season, you always need to be optimistic but after everything that's happened this week, the 49ers really have positioned themselves to make that final push. Also, the Seahawks are still contenders. It will be an uphill battle this year. We really need to catch lightning in a bottle.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

A very solid day 2. What's up with Stanford David Yankey? At this point tey probably have too many lineman but he would be a solid pick in the 4th round.

My guess now is that Jermichael Finley has to be somehow in the fold for next year. Why else would they pass up on very talented TEs in round 2. Of course, I really like Arthur Lynch in round 4 or even better, round 5.

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

The third day is where you find some good talent but either project or high risk high reward guys. Here are some I would love the giants to consider taking.

3rd day player wish list:

Kieth McGill Cb

Larry Webster TE

Logan Thomas QB

Mycal swaim S

Seantrel Henderson OT

L'damian Washington WR

If up to me I would take McGill in the 4 th then Seantrel and L"Damian Washington in the 5th. I would then take Larry Webster in the the 6th. Seantrel is a fail drug test character concern guy who would have been a first round linemen could be n absolute steal. Your getting a guy with Lewan type talent in the 5th round the only question with him is desire.

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

I still think WR still needs more depth and different types. Right now they only really have Cruz, Randle, jurnigan, and now beckham. Two me they have two slots, one outside, and one hybrid. They could use another wideout remember sometimes your going to put 4 wideouts on the field together and I think the packers did that a lot.

Again I think a great high risk high reward selection in the 5 th should be L"Damian Washington 6"4 ran a sub 4.38 40 yard dash. Is a little raw but with coaching could become special does not have the speed issues that Barden had.

cj1786
cj1786

I'm not sure what your gripe really is here. Where did you want them to trade down. With Beckham for instance, most thought that he would never get passed the Jets at 18, at worst. So you are talking about trading down what, 4 slots at most to still get Beckham? Nitpick much?

And with the center Richburg, this guy was a Solid second round pick. When I researched a little after the pick I came across some articles out if Denver saying the Broncos were very high on him, even considering him with their first round pick at 31. The same article went in to then say how there would be no chance he reached the Broncos at the end if round 2 since the giants at pick 43, Lions at pick 45, and the cardinals at 53 would all be in the market for a center. So again, how far did you want them to trade down and still assure themselves they would get Richburg? By these account it would not be very far. Again maybe a few slots? Your just completely nitpicking.

joeknix
joeknix

@Chris Molloy Hey Chris, have you seen this video of Beckum dunking a basketball yet?:  http://instagram.com/p/m3g_d7OMnH#


This kid has serious hops so don't worry about him getting up after a ball.  Look at his bio on NFL.com and they talk about his "climb the ladder" ability.

. . here is the quote: "Quick hands and feet to slip the jam. Fluid and fast. Good balance. Sinks his hips and changes gears to create separation. Quick hands to pluck off his frame. Terrific leaping ability -- climbs the ladder to snatch throws. Creates after the catch -- shows burst and shiftiness as a runner. Has playmaking ability. Confident and competitive. Has kickoff- and punt-return experience. Productive three-year starter."

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Chris Molloy No his size doesn't matter not in McAdoo's system. They guy is fine please go find something else to complain about. Go see Wes Welker ask him if his size has mattered, Hines Ward the list goes on.

manchu
manchu

@Skookaloop

Once again your hatred of Reese obscures everything.... Giants had the 12th pick, the Jets was all in on Beckham at 18th whos to say Reese didn't try to fall back in the draft but no one bit? The Bears would've been the most logical team to move up and they thought their man Aaron Donald would fall to them anyway.. so after the bears its the cowboys (who damn sure isn't going to work with a division rival and we wouldn't deal with them either.)  So now its down to the Steelers and Ravens who stayed put and got the guy they wanted... So where was Reese going to trade down to and still draft Beckham?  Unless you was standing next to Reese in the war room you don't know if he made calls to trade out of it or not. Oh and btw your complaining about him reaching for Bromley and not picking McGill, last time I checked McGill is still UNDRAFTED. You wanted Reese to reach for McGill because you like him but blast him if he reached on a pick you don't like.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@Skookaloop  a projected top ten pick goes in the third round last year and that's a reach? troll less, dude. 

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Skookaloop So Moore was a reach? Last I checked he was a first Rd talent. Beckham wasn't a reach where he was selected he was mocked in most drafts anywhere from Tampa on up to the Giants. The last two were a reach only if they don't sign Finley or Keller. Last I checked as well your a wanna be talent evaluator who probably makes his conclusions off of what others say and YouTube video's.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@mcfly Yeah but sooner or later SF and Sea are going to have to start paying players and they'll have to brake those teams up. What scares me is how good Ari is getting. If the Giants can add a LB, CB/S, L'damian Washington today they'll be fine. The could sign the TE from Oregon as an undated FA. This kid has very good talent and can only get better.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@jaymanjay Dude is a nasty blocker as well. It would help to give Eli a weapon like this. And they say the TE from Oregon will not get drafted they should sign him as an undrafted FA.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@bleedblue4 @Chris Molloy Welker is a slot receiver...The Giants already have one in Cruz....Beckham is a Wideout and will be 85/90% of the time for the Giants. You're comparing apples to oranges. Beckham was the wrong pick in round 1

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@joeknix @Skookaloop @Chris Molloy  

DO Your Home Work..... GUY !!!!!

Dre Kirkpatrick is a CB !!!

NOT a Safety !!! 

Yes, he is 6'2, BUT he Weight 185lbs....

WR Beckham out Weighs him by 13lbs.....

You just Proved MY Point....

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Michael Stewart @Chris Molloy Reggie Wayne, Torrey Smith both a quarter of an inch bigger at 6' and again better hands and Vert for Beckham. And again who wouldn't take these 2 wide receivers?

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Michael Stewart @Chris Molloy And for all those who don't know Smith is 5'9 and Ward is 6' a whopping quarter of an inch bigger then Beckham. Beckham comes in with a better Very then both Ward and Smith as well as hands and catch radius.


I don't know about any of you but I would've taken Smith or Ward on my team any day of the week.