2011 NFL Draft

The Giants, for better or worse, had a very Giants-like draft. Jerry Reese and the rest of the draft-day decision makers selected seven players befitting of the team-first, no-nonsense Big Blue mold. Some of these players will be asked to fill immediate needs, make meaningful plays in meaningful game situations right away, while others can and will be excused should they not impact the Giants? season in any sort of visible, tangible way this season.

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The Giants 2011 draft class will start the season with an incomplete. The injuries to their first two selections (CB Prince Amukamara and DT Marvin Austin) will delay their grade until next year at the soonest. But that does not mean this class won't turn out to be a success before those two return.

The Giants have been known to find gems in the middle and late rounds. This year, they may have hit the jackpot. ?Yesterday morning, I wrote the following and was mocked by many a reader:

S Tyler Sash is in, as are LB Jacquian Williams and RB Da?Rel Scott. The Giants would be ill advised to cut any of them. They could ? COULD - just be looking at their new Jason Sehorn, Jesse Armstead and David Meggett in those three.
A little overzealous on my part. I'll admit. But if you watched last night's game, who were the Giants' stars....?

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Tom Coughlin on defensive tackle Marvin Austin, taken by the Giants in the second round of last night's NFL draft:

"I spent quite a few minutes on the phone with him before telling him that we would be drafting him in the second round and that there were some very, very high expectations for him if he was to come here and be a New York Giant. I think he understood that, so we will get off on the right foot.

"Certainly he has an opportunity now to show the world what he can do and hopefully package all the energy and disappointment and motivation. Hopefully he'll wrap all of that up and come here and be the football player that we think he can be."

(From Newsday's Tom Rock)

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Top 30 Centers Ranked for the 2011 NFL Draft?By Rafael Garcia Sr. Contributing Writer-Southeast Region-Football Reporters Online

1. Stefen Wisniewski C Penn State 6'3" 313 lbs. 40 Time: 5.26 Bench @225- 30x ?Sr. Wisniewski is very smart on and off the field. He excels in the classroom as well and teaches 10th grade English. He is the first Nittany Lion to start as a true freshman since 1999. He played guard his first two seasons and switched to center in his junior year. He is very sound fundamentally and knows how to use his body. He has NFL blood in him as his father and uncle both played on Sunday's before him. A very good interior lineman with good footwork. He will need to bulk up if he wants to play guard at the next level. He does not have that quickness or first step off the ball and he has to learn to use his hands better. He is also not the most athletic player on the field. He loves to do the work and could do very well in a zone blocking scheme. Loves to drive a player back with his leg strength to open holes for his backs. Very good at pulling in front of his backs too. He will become a great leader and expect him to play for many years in the NFL. Projected Round: 2

2. Rodney Hudson C Florida St. 6'2" 299 lbs. 40 Time: 5.27 Bench @225- 27x Sr. Hudson has been an All-American an won the Jacob's Blocking Trophy as the best offensive lineman in the ACC. He allowed only 1.5 sacks this year to go with just one penalty. Those are staggering numbers matched by no one in the conference. In the running game his blocking will need work because of his size. He is very quick off the snap and uses his size and leverage to make some big hits at times. Uses his hands to wrap and tackle blocker very effectively. Has very good technique when it comes to sealing off defender. Very good at the trap block using the defenders push to get to him and knock him to the ground. Is very quick to get to the point of contact and and get downfield to the second level.Has a tendency to bend too much and lose some balance in the process. He is undersized and could become a hidden gem at center in the future. His tendency to lunge cause him to miss badly on some tackles. He will have to bulk up to be able to sustain the punishment of the NFL. Projected Round: 2

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