But today was a bizarre day for Giant followers. The team traded up for QB Ryan Nassib, a player they hope never plays a down for them. They followed with a 6'5" safety in Cooper Taylor, a kid with a history of physical issues. They finished off the draft with a powerful guard in Eric Herman (36 BP reps at the combine) and Michael Cox, a tall RB that might make the club as a third down back and special teamer.
Talk about a wide array of prospects. Our friends over at Blogging the bEast had this to say about Taylor:
Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond: Cooper Taylor is a physical freak at 6’5, 228 who ran a 4.49 at his pro day. The Giants may try to use him as somewhat of a S/LB hybrid. My buddy Tommy Lawlor runs a draft site called Scouts Notebook, where he previewed Taylor:
“Massive Safety. Looks like a LB. Plays like one at times. Lines up on the LOS on a regular basis. Is withing 10 yards of the LOS on almost every snap. At times he looks like a star. JMU lined up in the Ace formation and ran at Taylor. He drove the TE backward, shed him, and stuffed the RB. A few plays later the TE drove him 5 yards off the ball. Can cover TEs. Didn’t get a feel for him against WRs. Wrap-up tackler, but didn’t drive through his targets forcefully. Showed good range vs the run. Good speed. Some teams could consider him a SAM. Taylor will take on pulling OL and has the size/strength to win some of those battles.”It’ll be interesting to see what role the Giants have in mind for him. Also of note: Taylor is a medical risk. Heart condition. ESPN has the story on that.
Don't look at me. I'm as puzzled as anyone. No one saw the Nassib move coming. Don't lie. Taylor has the versatility the team likes, but we all know these "tweeners" rarely work out. Herman is strong and has a good shot to make the club. Cox is from UMass, aka Victor Cruz country and the Giants are hoping the bounty is still fruitful.