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SPOTLIGHT:

Players welcome new draft picks

Posted by Dan Salomone on April 29, 2013 – 10:17 am


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13 Responses to “Players welcome new draft picks”

  1. By fredsfocus on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    The guard keeps changing, but we all hope that the Super bowl is still possible after the 16th game.

  2. By Jayamanne on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    What else could the Giant players say… Our management blew it? Not if they want to keep their jobs. No matter how you look at it Reese and Coughlin and all the rest laid an egg… A rotten one at that.
    We basically let the first round go by and took a second round pick in the first.
    Several managers and coaches did a fantastic job for their teams. .. So Reese and crowd are an inferior management team in comparison to others in the league.
    I have not heard a single NFL expert give us an A for our performance.Mostly C with a lone pundit giving a B. The problem is, winning 2 Super Bowls has made demigods out of ordinary, indeed less than ordinary folk like Reese and the media has NEVER questioned their abilities/ competence. In a business, one has to perform every year. Reese and Coughlin are resting on their laurela.
    Mr.Mara. WAKE UP.

  3. By Rain2225 on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    I for one am excited for our picks. Got depth which was our biggest hole, imo. Last year, we missed playoffs by one game. In the NFC East, thats all it comes down to alot of times. One thing the giants have always been about is giving oppotunities to everyone. So the person above me who wants to bash the front office, you obviously are a casual fan and not a hardcore fan. Besides, a few guys starting. ALOT of our starters are after 1st round guys. You cant expect to win the big dance every year. Trust in your GMEN, they know what they are doing is which is why they have the job and we dont. Have a great day. XD

  4. By Jayamanne on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    To Rain 2225.
    I have been a Giant fan since before you were born. Guaranteed.

  5. By chip renner on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Jaymann you must have been snoozing the past coupl of years.Do you pick players for a living?I doubt it!Mr Reese has the trust of all the fans that his picks are the right ones.Remember the magazines and websites do not know it all.They said Bradshaw was the 20th best RB with no outstanding qualities.That says it all.Leave it up to the pros and stop the hating!

  6. By chip renner on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    anyone can be a fan-It takes loyalty to be a true fan!

  7. By Jon on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    I love these armchair GMs that are freaking out… Smh. Get a life and realize that even if 99% agreed it was a bad draft, no one would actually know until we see the results of the drafted players. Oh, and Mel Kiper knows just about as much as Jayamanne, so his grade means less than nothing to me. Great draft. Both lines got exponentially better and looking forward to the season!

  8. By tom on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I have learned not to question the Giants when they draft players. I have 100% confidence in Reese, Coughlin and the rest of the Giants staff when it comes to player evaluation. They have an impeccable track record. Notice the so called “experts” rarely go back to previous years and show how accurate, or inaccurate they were with their draft grades? It’s a lot easier to question a pick or a team’s draft when you don’t have to face losing your job a few years later if those picks don’t pan out. Jayamanne has no credibility.

  9. By tom on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Ever notice that the Giants almost never sign the big name free agents? While a few teams go hog wild each year signing the Haynesworth’s and the Asomugha’s,…. the Giants just sit tight.

    You know they don’t sign these players?

    Because they don’t have to!!!

    The Redskins, Eagles, and Seahawks can have their paper championships. I’ll stick with my Giants and the way they do it.

  10. By Henry on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I can understand the sentiment expressed about the concerns with the Giants’ selections. Pugh probably isn’t a 1st round talent and using a 4th round pick to select a QB who you don’t need, plus losing a sixth, isn’t exactly how “I” would have done things. But I think folks universally agree that this was a week draft class. Also, this is just “one of” the ways one builds their team. You have Free Agency, Undrafted Free Agents, players who will get cut during training camp as well as those that will get cut after the draft. The Giants also have players who have contributed on their practice squad all of last year who may be ready to take that next step. So like the others in the room who choose to put their trust in Reese & Co, I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and do likewise. Would I have gone a different route … well yes, I would. But have they been successful in the past with their philosophy? Absolutely!! Let’s give it some time to play out and at least get these guys on the field before criticizing.

  11. By redking on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    The O-line was a priority that needed fixing and they have addressed it in the best possible way. It would have been nice if they could have addressed it through free agency, but given the cap space, I doubt if it was even a consideration. If not free agency, then where is the next best talent available? I think it is the first round of the draft.
    That said the draft is a crapshoot – Ron Dayne anybody? How about the year they selected William Joseph in the first and Osi in the second. We never know how it is going to pan out.
    It is lot of work evaluating the data they can gather and hoping that it is truly indicative of consistency in the player and not flashes in the pan that were accumulated.
    I like what they have done, but I am still keeping my fingers crossed hoping for the best.

  12. By Roger Ritter on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Young, was the man, on draft day…then, Acorsi, was the man. now, Reese, is the man. I admit, I questioned Him after His first 2 drafts but, after seeing what His draftees became, I am now a full fledged supporter of any decision that, He makes. I know that He is acting in the best interest of the Giants. …besides, I’ve been a mover for the past 30 years. I’m not going to pretend to be a Great college scout or, an expert football man…theres only enough room for one Jerry Jones in the NFL.

  13. By rosschum on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    First of all, I want to start out by saying that the Giants made solid selections across the board. It wasn’t as the experts have been saying “a sexy draft,” but the Giants addressed two main areas of need (out of their three); the offensive line and their defensive line. Getting Damontre Moore in the third round was an absolute steal, and the Jonathan Hankins pick in the second round was no slouch either. The combination of those two picks should bolster the defensive line, especially at the defensive tackle position. Last season, Chris Canty was nonexistent, which essentially forced JPP to play defensive tackle from the defensive end spot, which is one of the two main reasons for his drop off in sacks (the other was the poor secondary play). The additions of Cullen Jenkins, who is a run-stopping monster, Mike Patterson, who is more of a situational player at this point (nine year veteran), and Jonathan Hankins, who could be a three down player if he tweaks his work ethic, but with the coaching staff the Giants have, that shouldn’t be an issue. Those three guys along with Linval Joseph should provide a good rotation at defensive tackle, essentially freeing up JPP, Justin Tuck, and hopefully Damontre Moore to tee-off on opposing quarterbacks.

    The next thing I want to address is the offensive line. The addition of Justin Pugh seemed like a bit of a reach, but he would have been taken in the first round regardless of if the Giants took him or not. The run on offensive linemen caused teams to seemingly reach for offensive linemen in order to avoid not getting one. This can clearly, but inexplicably be seen by the Cowboys poor choice at number 31. While the offensive line last season played very well, none of them are young, and none of them were first round picks. That may not be a valid reason to take a offensive linemen in the first round, but it had fallen by the wayside for too long and if ignored for another year could have proved disastrous. The Giants offensive line all have histories of injuries and can’t be counted on to stay consistently healthy, which is perfect reason to infuse some youth into the aging group. Will Beatty isn’t particularly old, but he does have injury problems, so the same reason I stated above for why the Giants selected Justing Pugh in the first round and Eric Herman in the seventh round applies to him as well. I expect Justin Pugh to start week one at right tackle, with Will Beatty playing at left tackle. David Baas will retain his center role and I expect James Brewer, David Diehl, and Chris Snee all competing for the two starting guard spots.

    Moving on to the most controversial pick in the Giants draft class: Ryan Nassib. I understand the concern with trading up six spots in the fourth round to go and grab a player that they clearly didn’t need, but there are some clear advantages to having such a player on the roster. First off, Ryan Nassib can learn from one of the best in the game in Eli Manning. He’ll train and become a solid backup for Eli and continue learning how play the game at the NFL level. Secondly, having a steady backup for Eli Manning would be a major plus. This is the point at which some people are inevitably yelling at their screens saying, “But what about David Carr?” The problem with David Carr, though he is very familiar with the Giants’ system, is he isn’t young and there is very little teaching that a team can do to improve a thirteen year veteran. David Carr is a capable backup and relief in blowouts, but his isn’t someone who you would want to take over with the game on the line if the unimaginable should happen. What Ryan Nassib gives you is, not this season, but in the future, is a backup quarterback that can take over and win a game if he’s called into service. The best part of this pick is that if the Giants can groom Ryan Nassib behind Eli, maybe they can “flip’ him for a higher pick in a couple of years. That’s a perfectly conceivable notion, just look at Kirk Cousins. He is still learning, but he can play if he has to (won his first start, and won a game he had to finish). Teams were courting the Redskins for him after only one successful start. I’m sure teams would give up a second round pick for him and he too was a fourth round pick. Granted, the scenarios aren’t identical, but the Giants have a chance to potentially recover the picks they used in a later draft in higher positions.

    Next, I want to address the Giants other picks: Cooper Taylor (safety) and Michael Cox (running back). Cooper Taylor was pretty good in college and flew under the radar because he transferred to Richmond and played football there. He’s a big bodied defender, which NFL teams have become increasingly interested in, and he can play. He may not start from day 1 or even in the 2013 season, but he adds depth at the safety position after the departure of Kenny Phillips. The Giants like to run three safety sets or play their nickel package in order to have that extra defender in the secondary in pass defense. Clearly, Antrel Rolle will start in one safety spot, while the other will be filled by Stevie Brown. The third one, if the Giants go in that direction, which I bet they will, will be up for grabs between Will Hill, Cooper Taylor, Ryan Mundy (free agent from the Steelers), and Alonzo Tweedy (undrafted free agent). Cornerback is a bit of a concern, but if Terrell Thomas can stay healthy, there are enough serviceable corners on the roster to run a much improved secondary. If Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas can play the two starting corner positions, then Prince Amukamara could play at the nickel corner position, or even make the transition to safety, where he would play better.

    Lastly, I want to comment on the linebacker situation. This was the one position of need that the Giants really failed to address in free agency so far and the draft. Right now the Giants have myriad of mediocre to alright linebackers, excluding Kiwanuka because he is really a defensive end playing linebacker out of necessity. Dan Conner, Keith Rivers, Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger are all in the fold as potential starters alongside Jacquian Williams (much better run defender than pass defender) and Kiwanuka. I would expect the Giants to add at least one or two more linebackers to the roster prior to the start of training camp (to the ninety man roster).. It was announced earlier today that Aaron Curry is visiting with the Giants this week. He would be a nice addition to the sub-par linebacking corps we have right now. The only issue with Aaron Curry is he has chronic injury problems, but he was a former first round pick, so he has potential (even though he was a first round pick (fourth overall) by the notoriously poor drafting Oakland Raiders). Much like Keith Rivers, who was a former first round pick of the Bengals, he has the potential to be a good player, but he has to get over the injury hump before that can happen and the same goes for Keith Rivers, who was injured for about half of the season last year. As for the lack of a linebacker pick in the draft, that is a bit more inexplicable, but understandable at the same time. None of the linebackers in the draft were in positions suitable for the Giants to pick them at any point during the draft. An argument could be made about Alec Ogletree though. I do understand the reasoning behind the decision though. The teams picking after the Giants were really in the market for linebackers and weren’t prepared to take any of the ones listed with first round grades due to off-the-field issues, however the Rams, after trading back in the first round with their second pick, decide to take a chance on Alec Ogletree, which is understandable, but was unforeseeable for the Giants and the same goes for Manti Te’o and Kevin Minter. The Giants also picked up a undrafted free agent linebacker Etienne Sabino to help create some competition at the position. The Giants are exceptionally good at finding diamonds in the ruff in terms of undrafted free agency: Victor Cruz, Henry Hinoski, Rich Seubert, Chase Blackburn, and Jake Ballard just in recent years. The fact that the Giants were so stingy in signing only three undrafted free agents bodes well for those players as prospects.

    I expect the Giants to look pretty good this season. They have what it takes to make it back to the playoffs this coming season and I firmly believe in Jerry Reese, Tom Coughlin, and the entire Giants front office and coaching staffs. Without them, the Giants wouldn’t be as good. Tom Coughlin doesn’t get the credit he deserves and frankly neither does Jerry Reese, who is one of the best general managers in the NFL. The Giants are always better than the seem on paper and I believe that this coming season is no exception.

    Notice I made no mention of Victor Cruz anywhere in this entry. This was purely intentional. He will be resigned by the Giants, it’s just a matter of when, the length of the deal, and for how much. He won’t sit out the season because not only will he be making no money, he wouldn’t be helping his image either and in a season when he would become a unrestricted free agent, teams might be hesitant on giving him a deal he wants, plus he has openly said he wants to remain a Giant.

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