Giant Fans Should Be Pleased With Draft Thus FarIf you told me yesterday the Giants were going to walk out of here with both Linval Joseph AND Chad Jones I would have laughed at you. No way they get that lucky.
While everyone is whining about the Giants not selecting a MLB, I was shaking my head at Big Blue's new found wealth at the positions in front and behind the linebackers.
If Linval Joseph is as good as advertised, they wont need a MLB behind him because no one will get past him anyway. Sort of like a jack-knifed tractor-trailer on the Gowanus. Let's just say he jams thing ups.
He simplified his approach for us. “I like to stop the run,” Joseph said. “I like to hit the running back. … But on third down, I like to get outside and hit the quarterback.” There you have it....
The Giants have cover safeties in Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant. Don't forget they still have Michael Johnson, as well. If by some longshot Kenny Phillips can contribute this season, that makes for a very strong group of safeties.
The one thing they were lacking was a fierce hitter to give opposing WRs something to fear while crossing the middle. That is why Jerry Reese chose Chad Jones. He may not be the greatest cover man, but he makes up for it by blowing up receivers. One shot from this kid will have a receiver rethinking his career choice.
My fear is that in this pass-centric league, Jones will get targeted by the NFL and get himself suspended. He's not a dirty player, he just hits extremely hard. He will daze more than few Eagle, Redskin and Cowboy wideouts. They will be in the huddle peeking out to see if Jones is out there waiting for them. After getting embarrassed last year, Reese decided it was time to retool his defense. Mission Accomplished.
Marc Ross, the Giants' head of college scouting, says Jones is nowhere near being complete. He can do plenty, including return punts. He's fearless and he's big with the potential to get even bigger. After Jones goes through the Giants strength and conditioning program, he could come out around 230 lbs. All muscle, too. Yikes.
What about middle linebacker...?Jerry Reese told you he was happy with the guys he had. He didn't lie. Last night he passed on some good ones to take Joseph and Jones. That leads us to believe the onl MLB they would have considered to compete with their trio of in-house candidates was Rolando McClain.
They need an NFL-ready, or experienced player in the middle and this draft simply does not have that. There's always the possibility they can get one in a trade between now and camp, so this thing is not settled yet.
I see them taking one today, but only for depth purposes. Today will be a day of value picks. An offensive lineman here, a corner there. Maybe even a tight end. Pitt's Dorin Dickerson was I guy wrote about awhile back, he could be a possible. He's a special teams demon and another one of those athletes that just jumps out at you. Lee Campbell is a linebacker from Minnesota that the team likes as well.
Other notes.....Seattle continued their good fortune yesterday, landing Notre Dame WR Golden Tate. They didn't have a 3rd rounder, but have two fourth-rounders today.
Gil Brandt is still going strong. He was one of the legends brought out to announce a selection by their former team. "He's like Bert Parks" one observer noted, "He's only relevant one day a year now."
The Bears finally got to pick last night. They chose Florida safety Major Wright, who will have his hands full as a rookie trying to cover three receivers at once.
The Redskins did not make a trade to move into either round last night, so they remained uncharacteristically idle. I can't see how this will help them.
Dallas only had a second-rounder last night, using it wisely on Penn State LB Sean Lee. I went on Penn State radio right after the Giants took Joseph explaining away why the Giants passed on Lee. The Penn State fans wanted Lee to go to the Giants. I said "He's a player the Giants were considering, but Joseph will make a bigger impact." No pun intended.
The Eagles did their usual jockeying around to get the defensive players they wanted, landing South Florida Safety Nate Allen in Round 2 and Washington DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim in the third round.