Saturday Mailbag: Talking TE and DE

Question: What is the Giants’ plan at TE? Will they add another player before the draft?

Keep in mind, they are still committed to Adrien Robinson and he will be afforded every opportunity to contribute, possibly even start. Larry Donnell, another young player they have been grooming, is also still on the roster as is Daniel Fells, the former Patriots’ backup. So based on that, plus the fact they are running out of cap room, I say they do not invest in a veteran before the draft.

Former Packer Jermichael Finley is believed to be on the Giants’ radar, but he is still awaiting medical clearance and is reported to be “several months away” from signing with an NFL team.

That leaves the draft, which is deep at TE. As we’ve been telling you, NC’s Eric Ebron is the highest rated. The Giants would need to use their first rounder on him. That is, if he even lasts until No. 12. There are five or six others that could be taken in the first three rounds.

Question: With Justin Tuck leaving, the Giants are short at DE. What are their options?

“You can never have enough pass rushers.” – Former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi

With only JPP. Mathias Kiwanuka and the largely unproven Damontre Moore on the roster the Giants will almost certainly be looking to add another player or two to the rotation.

The cream of the free agent crop has been gobbled up. Jared Allen is out of the question, and it looks like they were not impressed with Anthony Spencer, who left here without a contract.

The draft offers several natural pass rushers, but the Giants will have act early there, too, if they want to secure one that can help them right out of the gate. Jadeveon Clowney will be long gone by the time they select, but Missouri’s Kony Ealy should be there and then the others project out tot Rounds 2 and 3.

Oregon State’s Scott Crichton has been mocked to the Giants, but many scouts have doubts about how early he can contribute. Another possibilities is Stanford’s Trent Murphy, who led the nation in sacks in 2013.




13 comments
thatfunk
thatfunk

As high as his ceiling is, I wouldn't spend the 12th pick on TE Ebron (assuming he's even still on the board). Pass catching tight ends are a LUXURY in the NFL, not a requirement to win championships!  


Take the best OL or DL available in round 1 (or trade up to land Mack from Buffalo), round 2 I would take WR Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt who I believe will have a better NFL career than every WR in the draft not named Sammy Watkins. He has the size, speed, and professional attitude to excel in the NFL. It's also interesting that he's first cousins with Jerry Rice!  I'm also sold on RB Charles Sims from West Virginia in round 3/4. He's the pass catching, three down back the Giants have been missing!



Beth Healy Risley
Beth Healy Risley

1- Taylor lewan

2- kelvin benjamin or Jenkins

3- Travis Swanson

4- Kareem Martin

5- Andre Williams

6- ego ferguson or Anthony Johnson

carlton
carlton

We pickin ebron that its then that superbowl trophy commin back home

rico
rico

Reese loves picking the DE's and I believe he will do it again, round #1

jintsknix
jintsknix

@spider43  I feel the same way, it looks like D-line again early in the draft. :(


Skookaloop
Skookaloop

REESE DREAMs about a CRUSHing PassRush,

In the Most ACTIVE Free Agency in REESE's History,

his QB Killer, Failed the MED Test...

O-Line is just a Smoke Screen...

REESE will go DT/DE early:

1. DT A. Donald

2. TE A Seferian-Jenkins

3. DE Jackson JeffCoat

4. C/OG Bryan Stork

5. WR

6. RB


spider43
spider43

Other than Clowney (who I'm not completely sold on), there are NO DEs that I feel are worth the investment of the #12 overall pick. Any DE other than Clowney taken that early would be a "reach" in my opinion. If the Giants truly want a pass rusher, then they need to move up for Khalil Mack, but they're not going to do that. There is 1000% more likelihood they would trade down than trade up.


My best guess is they stay where they are at #12 and choose between Lewan, Gilbert, Ebron, Donald, Jernigan, and Z.Martin. I feel fairly certain that both Watkins and Evans will not be available when the Giants pick, and I would be surprised if they chose WR K.Benjamin at #12, even if he deserves more consideration. The Giants are deep enough at WR that I don't believe Reese will use his first pick for that position. Better than 50% shot the first pick is an OL or DL. Considering all the recent OL FA signings thus far, I'm thinking DT will probably be the selection. That would probably make Donald or Jernigan the favorite to be the Giants first choice.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@rico That would be a mistake if Reese picks a DE in round 1 as there will be many better players available when the Giants select. Giants can find a very gifted DE through rounds 2-6.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Skookaloop That's a pretty impressive mock draft. I like your first two rounds and I think that's the direction the Giants are going in this draft. As for rounds 3-5, Jeffcoat and Stork are quality picks there and the WR in the 5th rd how about Brandon Coleman. Round 6 I don't believe the Giants  select a RB, in fact none is this year's draft. So I would get Taylor Hart (DE) out  of  Oregon or perhaps Brent Urban (DE).  Other than that, solid picks. Giants need pass rushers.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@spider43 You have dissected this pretty thoroughly and I am in agreement with you. I would much rather have Donald over Jernigan. More versatile, can play on the edge as well as in the middle of the DL. Giants can get a quality TE in either round 2 or 3.

spider43
spider43

@Michael Stewart  .... I have doubts Coleman lasts until the Giants pick in the 3rd round. There are always "runs" on positions, and they happen in any round, so a WR run of draft picks could have Coleman going in the 4th round to early 5th round. Just because he's in the Giants backyard so to speak (Rutgers), doesn't mean the Giants will draft him. They have passed over several decent players from Rutgers before.

spider43
spider43

@Michael Stewart  .... I missed the "edit" time cut-off. I meant to say, "I have doubts Coleman lasts until the Giants pick in the 5th round."


I would be mildly surprised if Coleman went in the 3rd round, but anything can happen. Some teams always reach for players during a run on certain positions, so it could happen, and especially so if his stock rises more prior to draft day.