NFL Draft: RB still needs to be addressed by Reese

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Last season saw the Giants suffer the almost unthinkable when they ran out of running backs. Andre Brown (leg) missed half the season, David Wilson (neck) was lost after five games and FB Henry Hynoski (shoulder) never played a snap.

Reese 10.29They were left with rookie Michael Cox and Da’rel Scott to carry the load. Scott stayed true form, blowing out his hamstring and was subsequently waived. Reese reached out to Brandon Jacobs and veteran Peyton Hillis to fill the void until Brown returned. He also found former Jet Jon Conner on the open market to replace Hynoski.

That wasn’t going to cut it for 2014. Brown was left to find another team (he signed with Houston), Jacobs retired and Hillis was resigned. Wilson is still seeking clearance from doctors and may not get in in time for the upcoming season.

They got a big boost this offseason when GM Jerry Reese signed Raiders’ free agent RB Rashad Jennings, a big, versatile back much in the mold of what the Packers use in their offense. The Giants’ new OC, Ben McAdoo, was hired off the Packers’ staff this past winter.

With the draft approaching, Reese has to safeguard himself against a repeat of ’13. Wilson may not be cleared, but even if he is, the Giants may not have a role in the offense. So Reese will try to find another RB in the draft next weekend.

Since the Giants probably won’t be looking at RBs until the fourth round or so, we’ve compiled a short list of names they could possibly be interested in:

Isaiah Crowell (5’11”, 224), Alabama State – Quickly climbing up the charts as the draft nears. He has the talent to be a solid back in the NFL, but teams are leery of his spotty off-field behavior (failed drug test, felony weapons charge). He needs to go to a team with an established coach such as the Patriots, Giants, Packers, Chiefs, Bengals or Steelers.

Charles Sims (6’0″, 214), West Virginia – Has visited with several teams, including the Redskins, and is being compared to the Bears’ Matt Forte. Sims is a very well-rounded player who can fit in many offenses as well as contribute on specials.

Terrance West (5’9″, 225), Towson – Anyone who runs for 2,509 yards and scores 42 TDs in 16 games has got be taken seriously. West drew over 20 NFL scouts to his pro day and none of them walked away disappointed.

Jerrick McKinnon (5’9, 209), Georgia Southern – An incredibly physically-gifted former QB that blew everyone away at the Combine and Senior Bowl. Walter Football is calling McKinnon as this year’s Alfred Morris or Zac Stacy. Certain to be drafted by someone.

Alfred Blue (6″2″, 223), LSU – Unless the Giants jump at his backfield mate Jeremy Hill on Friday night, Blue could be a nice late-round pick. He’s big and versatile and could be an emerging player once he gets to the NFL.

Raijun Neal (5’11”, 212), Tennessee – Was very productive in 2013. Had 1,124 on the ground with 12 TDs and averaged 5.2 YPC. He also had 30 receptions. Was very impressive in workouts and is being mocked as a 5-6 round sleeper.




12 comments
nathanc
nathanc

I'm surprised you didn't mention Andre Williams, especially with the team's BC ties.

mcfly
mcfly

Give me Tre Mason in the 3rd. I like HBs that get stronger as the game goes on. Would be a good compliment to Jennings

thatfunk
thatfunk

I'm so high on Charles Sims in this draft! He has all of the tools to be successful in the NFL. He's also probably the best receiver of this running back class!



Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

One of the 5th round picks will be on a RB.

blazintommyd
blazintommyd

6' 2 Alfred Blue from LSU at 222 - :) I like his heigth and weight like Ottis Anderson j/s

cole3244
cole3244

imo wilson was a reach in the first place and doesn't have the talent or maturity to ever be dependable as a running back.


if the player(s) they want are not there at twelve i hope the jints trade down to get extra picks rather than always just taking whats on the board at the time, do the homework and manipulate the draft to your advantage reese.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@blazintommyd Blue is an interesting player. another late round player to keep an eye on is Isaiah Crowell out of Alabama State

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

@cole3244  I don't think that Wilson was a reach.  Most college running backs don't work on their blocking.  He was a potentially exciting back - but this injury is not one I am sure he could (should) come back from.


Running back isn't good value in the early rounds of this draft anyway - which is good because there are plenty of other needs.


I do agree, and i am leaning towards hoping they drop down in round 1

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@cole3244 That would make sense, however; this is very deep draft and many teams will want to hold onto their picks.