Re: Post Draft Blues
posted at 4/30/2013 2:58 AM EDT
In response to 42AND46's comment:
Hi there TP! i respect ur draft breakdwns so...how did my jints do in ur opinion?
Hey Jints! Here's are the guys that the Giants selected:
1 (19) - Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse; 2 (49) - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State; 3 (81) - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M; 4 (110) - Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse; 5 (152) - Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond; 7 (225) - Eric Herman, OG, Ohio; 7 (253) - Michael Cox, RB, UMass
Here's my take on their picks:
1.) OT/OG Justin Pugh: I don't believe that a team should draft for need...but should always take the best player available, unless the value difference between a player in a position of need and the best available player is not that great. The Giants chose to draft for need, as they bypassed more talented players, such as DT Sharrif Floyd, TE Tyler Eifert, CB Xavier Rhodes, and LB Alec Ogletree, to select Pugh. The early run on offensive lineman may have led G/M Jerry Reese to panic somewhat, and select Pugh with the 19th overall pick. Thus, a second round talent went mid-way in the first round. He is projected to play OG in the league. Here are some reviews on him: OurLads Scouting: Smart, athletic and tough...but short arms and marginal size for a pro OT prohibit him from playing LT in the NFL; ProFootballWeekly cited Pugh as an offensive lineman with athleticism and quick feet...but one who is hampered by his extremely short arms, and average power base. These physical shortcomings lead them to believe that he'll have a hard time succeeding as an OT...and that he'll probably will end up being moved inside to OG; Mel Kiper: was high on Pugh, giving him a 2nd or late first round grade. But, as reflected in the aforementioned publications, his short arms are a concern, and the reason why most see him as a better candidate for an OG...but also believed that Pugh could manage at RT. BOTTOM LINE: Pugh was not a bad pick. Job One with the G-men is to protect Eli Manning. Look for the Giants to start Pugh at RT initially.
2.) DT Johnathan Hankins: G/M Jerry Reese addressed the need on the middle of the DL in round two, tabbing Hankins. The problem here is that Hankins is best suited as a 3-4 NT, than a 4-3 DT. He appears to be a two down run stuffer, with limited pass rushing skills. But, OurLads Scouting and Kiper were optimistic about him being capable of being more than just a run stuffer...pointing out that he was constantly being double-teamed, which limited his production. Time will tell on this guy. He appears to be a boom or bust type;
3.) DE/OLB Damontre Moore: Fairly high risk, but sky-high reward pick, with their 81st overall selection. Moore has the ability to become an elite pass-rusher. But, maturity issues have limited him...and must be overcome. OurLads listed him as a second-third round, boom or bust prospect, basing this on the following "...Moore didn't finish drills at the Combine or at the Texas A&M pro day. Questions concerning his mental toughness and lack or preparation are bothersome. There are attitude and off field red flags hanging over his potential career." If the Giants can get his attention, they may have another Justin Tuck on their hands. If not, say hello to the second coming of Vernon Gholston;
4.) QB Ryan Nassib: Potentially the best QB from this class. Is tough, has a cannon for an arm, and is a leader. Though some of the homers here whine that the Patriots didn't need another QB with Brady aboard, notwithstanding that the Terrific One turns 36 this year. What those clowns don't understand is that you never stop developing the QB position. Even if Nassib never plays for the Giants, if he shows well in preseason games, he can be flipped for some premium draft picks, as was the case with Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel, Kevin Kolb, and David Whitehurst. Great value pick with the 110th overall selection;
5.) S Cooper Taylor: A huge safety/LB type. Stands 6'4", 229 lbs.. Athletic and physical player. But, medical concerns caused him to drop, as he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (whatever that is) during his sophomore year at Georgia Tech. It led to him transferring to play at the University of Richmond...and, along is the main reason why he is not highly sought after;
6.) OG Eric Herman: A hard working, athletic guy. But, like Pugh, has short arms, which limit him to OG play. Rated as a 7th round, developmental talent;
7.) RB Michael Cox: Cox is not listed in any of the publications I read. Giants return to UMass, hoping that lightning strikes twice at the school where they found WR Victor Cruz.
To summarize my friend, I liked the fact that the Giants for the most part took their cuts. Whether they connect like Mickey Mantle or like Steve Balboni remains to be seen. They reached a bit for Justin Pugh. With Sherrif Floyd available, he may have been the better choice. Pugh should be a good player for them...but Floyd has a chance to be another Warren Sapp, and seems to be a perfect fit in the Giants defense system. As for Hankins, I see him to potentially be limited to a two down, run-stuffer. Damontre Moore is a boom or bust type...but worth the risk with the 81st overall pick. Pugh will be solid. But, how Hankins and Moore perform will define this draft. As stated above, I loved the Nassib pick...and wish that the Patriots had tabbed him or Matt Barkley with the 91st overall choice, rather than monumentally reaching for another safety. I give the Giants a "B-" grade, overall.
What's your opinion on how the Giants fared?