2013 NFL Draft 2013 NFL Draft Giants
- Tank Carradine, DE, FSU - Tank would've been a top 10 pick in this draft if it wasn't for a knee injury during this past season at FSU. Carradine is the type of player that the Giants traditionally covet; an explosive edge rusher that has the tenaciousness required to get to the quarterback on the NFL level.
- D.J. Fluker, OL, ALA- Fluker is the prototype right tackle but many fans are against drafting a RT this high in the draft. Fluker does fill a need for the Giants; they currently have David Diehl penciled in at tackle and to say that his season last year was lackluster would be an understatement. Fluker would add the missing toughness and running blocking the team has been missing dearly since their 2007 championship run.
- Jonathan Cyprien, FS, FIU - Cyprien is regarded by many to have the highest upside of any safety in this draft class. He is a solid tackler and would fit nicely in the Giants 3 safety nickel package. His versatility would be an amazing asset for Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell.
- Manti Te'o, ND, ILB - In December Te'o would have been a steal this late in the draft, but a sub par National Championship game and a fake girlfriend changed all of that. Te'o's effect on his ND team cannot be denied though and his leadership would be a valuable commodity for the Giants. He has the ability to stay on the field on 3rd down and call the plays for all defensive personnel groupings.
- Arthur Brown, KSU, OLB - Brown is the best linebacker in the draft in my opinion. He was all over the field defensively for Kansas State and his play making ability is something the Giants could use on their defense. The Giants don't traditionally select linebackers in the early round of the draft but fans and management won't let Brown get away like Sean Weatherspoon did a few years ago.
The Giants can throw the football with the best of them. QB Eli Manning already has two Super Bowl rings and is in his prime. He has a cadre of talented receivers who can perplex defenses as well as electrify crowds.
What the Giants don't do well is cover their opponents' receivers. They don't do that well at all. They were downright awful against the pass last year. When the pass rush doesn't get home, we saw how ugly the underbelly of the Giants' defense can be.
The National Football League announced that 32 legendary NFL alumni, one representing each team, will announce live on Friday, April 26, second- and third-round Draft picks from Radio City Music Hall. This continues a successful program that began in 2011 in which each selection in the second round is announced by a former player.
The Giants will be represented by OL Rich Seubert, an undrafted free agent out of Western Illinois who played ten seasons for the Giants (2001-10) Seubert played both guard and center and was a member of one of the steadiest offensive lines in pro football.
They really can't go wrong this year. They are far enough down the order where they won't reach and far enough up where the talent is still prime. It's not a great QB draft, but there's plenty of good players to go around at all the other positions.
Here are some experts see the Giants doing in the first round:
The Giants have all seven selections:
Round 1 - #19
- Damontre Moore DE TA&M - Moore is still a bit under sized for a 4-3 end spot but his speed and motor are what make him exceptional. This past season was his first at DE and he led the team in tackles with 85. Like Von Miller before him, Moore is an exceptional pass rusher that shows a variety of moves to confuse offensive tackles. If he adds 15-20 lbs of muscle to his frame over the next few seasons he can be a perennial all-pro at end. His ability to stay healthy for an entire season is his only question mark.
- Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU - Ansah's comparisons to Giants' All-Pro Jason Pierre-Paul are warranted. A hyper-athletic end that shows the ability to dominate in one-on-one drills, but the production on the field never equaled that talent. He is the most raw player in this draft class but his upside is as good as current NFL D-ends Pierre-Paul and Chandler Jones. He must get into the right system and be allowed to learn the intricacies of the NFL before he can truly be judged.
- Bjoern Werner DE FSU - Werner seems a lot like Chris Long in my opinion. HE exhibits the strength many people would expect from an end his size but his athleticism allows him to be a? 4-3 defensive end, as opposed to the bigger J.J. Watt/Justin Smith type of ends. Werner was the heart of the Florida State defense and is an immediate boost to the attitude of any defense.
- Barkevious Mingo DE LSU- Mingo has been touted as an elite level prospect since his first spring game at LSU. An athlete that could play both end spots and stand up as a pass rusher when needed. Mingo was very productive during his career at LSU but this past season teams really isolated him as the weak link in the running game. His inability to split tackle/tight end double teams during the Bama game put LSU's defense at a disadvantage. Mingo must show that he has the strength to play at the next level and that he is worth a top 10 draft pick.
- Dion Jordan DE ORE - Jordan's raw athleticism puts him at #5 on this list. His ability to play both DE and OLB at any time makes him a commodity in today's NFL. He needs to add a lot of weight if he hopes to be an every down player and he boast a number of health concerns entering this weekends combine. If everything checks out in Jordan's favor this could be one of the fastest rising prospects in the draft.
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- Chance Warmack OG ALA - Warmack is the best offensive line prospect to come out in at least 3 years. I've given him the highest interior linemen grade in a decade; ahead of both Pounceys, Nick Mangold and Mike Iupati. Warmack was the best offensive lineman in the nation and dominated every defensive tackle that lined up against him. His ability to get to the second level was prominently shown in the National Championship game and his mobility pulling around the edge is tailor fit for the shotgun running schemes in today's league.
- Luke Joeckel OT TA&M - Joeckel is the number one Offensive Tackle in this class and I believe that he has all of the tools to be an elite tackle. Experts waiver on his ceiling but the consensus is that he doesn't have bust potential. I personally saw Joeckel play as a senior in high school and I wondered then what this grown man was doing on the field. His arm length and motor make him a prototypical left tackle, but his undervalued strength and flexibility makes him an above average run blocker.
- Eric Fisher OT UCM - Fisher's talent shined bright at the Senior Bowl and his overall athleticism wowed scouts. Fisher entered Central Michigan as a tight end, which explains his nimble feet. Fisher needs to show the ability to play game in and game out against the highest level of competition. He has the ability to be just as good as Joeckel if he adds more lean weight to his frame and improves his core strength.
- Lane Johnson OT OKLA - Johnson has shot up draft boards since the end of the NCAA season. Johnson showed the ability to be a strong right tackle at the college level and looks to play the same position in the NFL. I've seen him mocked as high as 10, which is too high for an athlete that may have already peaked, but he is a solid pick late in the 1st round for an established team with only a few holes to fill on it's roster.
- Barrett Jones OC ALA - Barrett Jones would be a 3rd round pick as an offensive tackle and a 2nd rounder as a guard, but his intellect and run blocking skills make him a late 1st round caliber center. Jones would be the perfect fit for a team with a young/dynamic QB that will grow with him over the next 15 years in the NFL.
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- Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tenn - Patterson was the best kept secret entering the 2012 NCAA season. There were whispers about a Junior College kid that could add a different dynamic to an already talented receiver corps. Little did everyone know Patterson would become the star of that group and show the ability to take over games. Patterson scored through the air, on the ground, and it the return game this season for the Vols. He was often the fastest player on the field, and that says a lot in the SEC. At 6'3" 200 lbs he could run a sub 4.4 at the combine.
- Keenan Allen WR Cal - Allen is the #1 receiver on many big boards and his size/strength combo is hard to match. Allen is a decent route runner and has shwon that he can make the tough catches over the middle. He is number two on this list but he is the most NFL ready wide out and will start from day one for a team.
- DeAndre Hopkins WR Clem - Hopkins in game speed is mind boggling. He will probably run somewhere in the 4.37 range at the combine but that hardly reflects how fast he is in pads. He makes defenders seem as though they are standing still when he runs routes. His dependable hands and crisp cuts make him tailored to the NFL game.
- Da'Rick Rogers WR Tenn Tech - Rogers has first round talent, but has 7th round character. Countless disciplinary problems at Tennessee led to his dismissal and the maturity still isn't there. With that said the kid can ball and that is what ultimately matters in the NFL.? Rogers' hands are comparable to Hakeem Nicks, he rarely drops passes. He will make a team extremely happy in the 2nd round.
- Terrance Williams WR Baylor - Williams isn't the fastest player in this draft class but he showed last season that he is a top tier receiver. His production increased after RGIII went pro and he dominated games last season. His 300+ yard game against West Virginia showcased his sleek route running and understanding of zone concepts.
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- Marcus Lattimore HB SCAR - Knee injuries and all Marcus Lattimore holds the top slot on my running back list. When healthy Lattimore was a man amongst boys in the NCAA and his diversity on the field is unrivaled in this draft class. Even though his body only helped up for half of the season he totaled rushing TDs and 21 receptions. Backs that can carry the ball 250+ times and catch 50 passes are rare, Lattimore is a throw back to the 90's style of back.? Every time he runs it reminds me of a young Eddie George and he was easily the best player on an athletically talented South Carolina squad. I look at Willis McGahee bouncing back from major knee surgery and Micheal Bush bouncing back from his at Louisville to have productive careers and see how good Lattimore can still be after his injuries.
- Eddie Lacey HB ALA - Bama running backs have been up and down in the NFL as of late but I feel that Lacey is more Richardson than Ingram. He showed his strength and elusiveness against a Notre Dame?defense that was top 5 in rush defense in the country. I also look at the fact that Lacey doesn't have a ton of miles on his legs due to the split in carries at Bama. He has to have a sub 4.55 40 yard dash to keep this ranking above Giovanni Bernard.
- Giovani Bernard HB UNC - Bernard is considered the top back on almost every board and his speed/quickness combination is comparable to Giants 1st round pick David Wilson last season, but he ranks at 3 because of his lack of experience. He only played 2 seasons at UNC and didn't have many meaningful games to showcase his dominance.
- Joseph Randle HB OKST - Randle was the unheralded part of those dynamic Oklahoma State offenses and at 6'1" he should run in the top 3 40 yard dash times for the running back groups. Randle could be a perfect complimentary back for teams with older running backs like Seattle or Atlanta.
- Mike Gillislee HB UF - Gillislee showed an immense amount of heart this season at Florida. HE constantly fought through leg injuries and his production never dipped. When healthy he is a top 5 back in this class. This draft class is littered with character and health issues, so the players that show the heart to play through injuries are an added plus. Gillislee showed his workhorse capability and would flourish with a talented offensive line in front of him.