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.
With the 77th installment of the NFL draft now officially in the books, seven new faces?excluding UDFA?s?join the defending Super Bowl champs hoping to accomplish the same feat in 2012. While all of the Giants? draft picks can?t be pegged as surefire starters in the fall, they are sure to have an impact over the next five months as roster sizes are cut from 90 to 53.
Here?s how the newest class of rookies fit in:
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While it is not known whether Scott has leapfrogged Danny Ware on the Giants' depth chart, he sure appears more ready this year.
Earlier this spring, head coach Tom Coughlin intimated that Scott would see more action in the offense. Considering his breakaway speed, that should excite Giant fans everywhere.
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In the seven years since the Giants traded their first-round pick to San Diego in the wow-that-worked-out-pretty-well Eli Manning deal, they've drafted a defensive player with their first pick every year except 2009, when they took Hakeem Nicks. None of those draft choices can be qualified as busts, as Corey Webster (2005), Mathias Kiwanuka (2006), Aaron Ross (2007), Kenny Phillips (2008), Nicks (2009), Jason Pierre-Paul (2010), and Prince Amukamara (2011) have all been contributors on at least one of Big Blue?s two 21st century SuperBowl title teams. (Note: Webster was technically a second round pick, but the Giants? first pick of the 2005 draft nonetheless.)
Although defense has been the norm in recent years, predicting what the Giants will do with this year?s first-round pick is no easy task. Jerry Reese tends to stray away from addressing immediate needs early on in the draft. He is a strict believer in the ?best player available philosophy?, preferring to stock talented players for the future--even if those players are not ready to make an impact right away.
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The Giants are known for drafting or signing players, then holding them back until they are ready to use them. This year, the team's two biggest breakout stars - DE Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz - were second-year players who were only allowed to put their toes in the water as rookies.
JPP was drafted in the middle of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft while Cruz was signed after the draft as a UDFA. Both showed great promise as rookies, but JPP was forced to wait his turn and hone his trade while Cruz hurt his hamstring and then found himself on IR, a victim of roster roulette.
From Giants SNY insider Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger:
The Giants will head to San Francisco to face the league?s best run defense with Brandon Jacobs and D.J. Ware leading the way. Rookie Da?Rel Scott could see a few reps after getting one carry for 5 yards and a first down against New England.
from Mike Vorkunov of The Star-Ledger:
With his ability to catch the ball, he may eventually make for a good third down back. In the Buffalo Bills game, they wanted to see what he could do.
This is the point the Giants are at right now. Their running game cannot get much worse. At 3.2 yards per carry, they aren't scaring anyone. Throw in Brandon Jacobs' swollen knee and the injuries on the offensive line and they are dead in the water.
Ahmad Bradshaw is one of the league's best backs, but without support he has little chance to get into any kind of rhythm. They need a player that makes defenders miss.
Ranking Eli's best weapons:
1. WR - Hakeem Nicks - The 2009 1st round draft pick has come as advertised.? One could say he has been sniffing around pro bowl status during his two years in the NFL.? Nicks is 6' 1" and 215 lbs and his game is very similar to Michael Irvin the former Dallas Cowboy and now Hall of Fame inductee.
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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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It?s possible that Scott will get an extended look on Thursday against the Patriots, as Coughlin could rest most of the starters instead of play them on two days rest (ridiculous...I can't even play frisbee golf on two days rest). ?Regardless, it was disappointing that Scott didn't have a chance to run behind the first (or second) team offensive line.
Scott was drafted because he has something the Giants have lacked from the running back position for years: true breakaway speed. ?He has already proven that he?s a legitimate burner in pads, he just needs to stay healthy and cut down on his fumbles (a fixable problem).? The biggest remaining question for him, and every rookie, is how his talents will translate to NFL game speed.? Well, there?s no way to find out if he doesn?t actually get a chance to play in real live games.
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The Giants know Brandon Jacobs won't be around forever and Ahmad Bradshaw might get the gate if he can't overcome his propensity for fumbling. ?
Also, those two were always better when they had a third player rotating with them in the Giants' backfield, a dynamic that the Giants have not been able to be recapture since Derrick Ward left the club several years ago.