1) Hakeem Nicks, WR, NC – Steve Smith has been performing at the top his game since he came into the league yet Jerry Reese decides to pass on a blue chip college MLB (Rey Maualuga) and a blue chip college split end (Kenny Britt) to draft yet another possession receiver. If there were any question marks at the receiver position it was in the X and the slot. Having two possession receivers starting has hindered the Giants’ ability to open up the field, which contributed to the lack of success in the run game this season past. Nicks wasn’t even BPA. He will be a very successful receiver in the NFL, but the pick could have went to an actual need: C-
2) Clint Sintim, DE/OLB, Virginia – A 3-4 outside linebacker? Why? Are the Giants switching to a 3-4 defense? Not in 2009. If they do in the future, the grade on this pick goes up but right now it hasn’t panned out. I still have some faith in Sintim and he’s only going into his second season, but in terms of wisdom, you have to wonder: B
2) Will Beatty, OT, Connecticut – Money in the bank. This guy should be a 10-year starter at tackle. I love it when the Giants catch value at need: A+
3) Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin –A good pick that hasn’t shown up. But remember the great thing about Shockey was that he could block, and got better at it as his career progressed. I guess Reese feels Beckum can learn too: B
3) Ramses Barden, WR, Cal-Poly - It's hard to call this one. You have to understand that 98% of these huge WRs, who refuse to play TE because the position is not glamorous enough, end up being spot players and backups. The Vincent Jacksons and Plaxico Burresses of the world are a very rare. I also dislike the idea of players that only come in during certain situations because it tells the defense exactly where the ball is going. The fact that Barden was MIA for the 2009 season makes his emergence even more daunting. I like Barden's potential but was there a more surefire prospect, perhaps at MLB or safety, that would have made more sense in this spot? An if Barden does emerge, which one of the starting three sits to make room for him? Perhaps that's a good dilemna to have but it is a question that has to be asked: B
4) Andre Brown, RB, NC State – This was a great strategic pick, good value, especially after losing Derrick Ward. If Brown can stay healthy the Giants he should be starting by next season and Brandon Jacobs should be on the trading block. That is, if the Giants continue to nurse a Peyton Manning-lite offense: A
5) Rhett Bhomar, QB, Sam Houston State – You like this guy as a backup? Let’s just stop drafting QBs in the late rounds and bring in a veteran or maybe a mid-rounder with some potential. This pick could’ve been a safety: C
6) DeAndre Wright, DB, New Mexico – We all know how this turned out. But how was it supposed to turn out? Small school, late round corners don’t make it in the NFL. There are some positions that are fairly safe to draft in the late rounds. Reese needs to figure this out: Safety, RB, K, Returner, ST specialists. Maybe Reese though he would be a good special teamer: D
7) Stoney Woodson, DB, SC – Bigger conference same results: D+
Off-season: Reese was very active this off-season, bringing in WLB Micheal Boley and DTs Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard. It looked good on paper but injuries depleted the defensive line. Still I like that Reese was a bit more pro-active this off-season and the signings filled a need. Boley panned out and the DTs still could pan out: B
2009 Season GPA: 2.6
2008 Season GPA: 2.6
2007 Season GPA: 2.6
Keep an eye out: The rumors are swirling about Chris Paul coming to the Knicks. If they pull this off, I won’t forgive them for this era of ineptitude but I will be a happy New York Knicks fan, which is something I haven’t said in a looooooooooooooong time.
I’m just saying… No Champ Bailey? No Tatum Bell? Nooooooooo Brian Westbrook? No Champ Bailey? No Nick Ferguson? No Champ Bailey? I guess Reese is waiting for the next round of cuts to add some depth at some key positions. We’ll see.