1) Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida – Just playing GM in my head, I can think of a number of different ways I would have played this pick. Reese could have gone BPA and taken Derrick Morgan, giving the team a great backup LE, who offers the same kind of element as Big Mike Strahan, including run stopping ability and leadership. He could have gone need and reached a little bit for Sean Weatherspoon to play MLB. Spoon is a projected 10-year starter and another player that offers strong leadership and even a little swagger, a la Antonio Pierce. Instead Reese drafted a third RE, and a very raw one at that, a raw one with high bust potential. Go figure. How good does that aces front look if Tuck and Kiwi slide to the middle and Morgan and Osi are on the outside? I’m just saying… I certainly could be wrong and if this was a team with no needs I would be much more okay with this pick, but as of right now, I hate it: F
2) Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina – I like this pick, but why not Taylor Mays, the safety that was projected to go top 5 last draft season? If you ask me what unit I think needs the most help from last season, it’s unquestionably the safeties, especially considering Phillip’s long-term outlook. Mays, so far has proven his biggest fault is that he actually listens to his coaches. Unfortunately that was Pete Carroll at USC last season. Under The Great Mike Singletary Mays appears to be blossoming… so far. At any rate Joseph is a solid pick. He won’t contribute this season as DTs usually are quiet year one, but he’ll make a name for himself in no time and keep the middle solid: B
3) Chad Jones, Safety, LSU – Another solid pick with a bright future until the car accident (which we still know little about). This pick actually addresses a need but why are the Giants going out of their way to pass on every MLB who projects to be successful in a 4-3?: A-
4) Phillip Dillard, LB, Nebraska – What can I say? Dillard is a classic 3-4 Mike LB. I just don’t see how he fits Fewell’s cover-2 scheme. (Yes Fewell will run a cover 2, no matter how many wrinkles he puts in there.) I don’t dislike Dillard, but this was a useless pick. If Reese already has Bulluck in his crosshairs at this point, why not draft another safety or a RB or a kick returner? Maybe Dillard will be a good special teamer: F
5) Mitch Petrus, G, Arkansas – One of Reese’s outstanding value picks. He’s strong. He’s big. And he’s got attitude. He’ll fit right in around here: A
6) Adrian Tracy, LB, William & Mary – Unless the Giants plan on switching to a 3-4 this could be a useless pick. I just don’t see him being very good at the Sam. He’s pretty athletic for a big guy so maybe with some development. Or he’s a guy they could bring in when they switch to 3-4 fronts. I do like Tracy’s size and production: C+
7) Matt Dodge, P, East Carolina – I wish the Giants would have picked up a punter a couple years ago to train under Feagles. They kind of dropped the ball on that one because now they’re going from twenty years of experience at punter to a rookie. Matt Dodge has a very strong leg, but punting is more of a finesse undertaking. If the Giants are patient Dodge will pay off big time: B
Off-season – Reese missed the boat on Karlos Dansby, the real off-season prize for the Giants but he brought in Rolle, a good but not elite FS. Unfortunately, Rolle is getting paid like an elite FS. Let’s hope he rises to the occasion. I love the Keith Bulluck signing, though it doesn’t make up, in the long term, for missing out on Weatherspoon and Dansby. With Chad Jones having been injured, the Giants still may need to bring in a SS to play behind Grant, who is an 11year vet: B
2010: Season GPA: 2.4
2009 Season GPA: 2.6
2008 Season GPA: 2.6
2007 Season GPA: 2.6
*Next Thursday I will give a cumulative GPA as well as offer my analysis of Jerry Reese as a GM overall.
I’m just saying…
…are the Jets the new Washington? Has Mike Tannenbaum ever had a nap? Does he sleep at night? Does this guy have to look into every FA and trade possibility out there? I mean Terell Owens? Really dude? I admire his vigilance but we’ve already seen what the gets you. Even Washington has finally toned down their act.
…I don’t know if people really know how special of a player Keith Bulluck is. You know that guy that just always seems to be around the ball? Always seems to come up with a big play? That was Bulluck in Tennessee. I don’t know that he’ll be the player he was for the Titans, but I’m pretty sure that he’ll replace everything the Giants lost in AP and still bring more athleticism and coverage skills. The Giants may be going to the Super Bowl this season guys.
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J. Williams is a fan and a longtime reader of GFB. His commentary is strictly his own and is not necessarily the opinion of SNY or the GFB staff.