The Giants had a draft that left us all bewildered. There are some established players in there: some All-Americans and some All-Academics. Then there are some that are so far under the radar, we're still digging ourselves for some intel. Here's what Reese had to say about the team's final three selections in today's draft:
I’ll talk about the last 3 picks. Cooper Taylor from Richmond is a transfer from Georgia Tech – big size-speed safety that we think has a really nice upside. I can envision him honestly on special teams with that size and speed. I can envision him being that third safety in some the three-safety looks that (defensive coordinator) Perry Fewell likes to use sometimes. A big, tough guy, we like his skill set. He’s got some redeeming qualities that we liked and he’ll create some competition in the backfield with our safety group.
Eric Herman, guard from Ohio, a big, tough, nasty guard. We really liked him. We’d been looking at him on the board for a while there and we were hoping that if he could get to the seventh row he’d be a nice pick for us at that spot. He’ll create some competition at the guard position – tough, hard-nosed, big football player.
Last pick we made was (Michael) Cox, the running back from UMass. We brought him in for one of our visits here and we really like him. I think their team is moving up a division and they were really kind of outmanned this year and you don’t see a lot of production, but if you look closely and do what us scouts do, we’re excited about him. We think he’s got a chance. He’s a big and powerful elusive guy with speed, so he’s got a lot of things that we like about him.
Q: Is Cooper Taylor’s heart condition a concern?A: Nothing significant for our trainers and doctors right now. They cleared him and they don’t really have any real concerns.
Q: Did Michael Cox play much at the University of Michigan?A: Yeah, he’s a transfer. I’m not sure what his background is from Michigan but I know he definitely transferred. Marc Ross could probably give you more information and background on that.
Q: How do feel about your draft?A: I feel good about it and obviously it’s just part of the puzzle, the draft. Free agency is part of the puzzle and the draft is part of the puzzle. It might be the week before we line up to play Dallas before we have the roster ready because you’ll have some 53-man cuts. There will be some people left and we’ll continue to look for players to help our football team, but what we have right now, I like what we did in the draft. Obviously, we still have some work to do.
Q: Are you comfortable with your roster at the linebacker position?A: We’re really not comfortable with any position, to be honest with you. We try to upgrade our positions until we get ready to play and that’s a position we will look at just like other positions we’ll look at.