Jim Mancari: The Giants have struck gold in the past with defensive linemen, so why not try to continue the trend? Even though the team brought in Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson and is expecting a healthy return of Shaun Rogers, those guys are all on the tail end of their careers. Johnathan Hankins from Ohio State reminds me of big Vince Wilfork as a guy who takes up a ton of space along the defensive line. If he shows in training camp that he's the real deal, he will see significant time and may even earn a starting role. It's amazing how someone that big can be so explosive, and judging by the tapes, Hankins has shown he can get into the backfield. Nice pick.
Damontre Moore seems to be more of a long-term project. He played both defensive end and linebacker at Texas A&M, similar to Mathias Kiwanuka's role for the Giants. Moore can really learn a lot from Kiwi. Not much will be expected from him right away since his path is currently blocked by Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul -- and Kiwi for that matter. Moore's combine numbers were a bit weak, but it looks like Jerry Reese drafted him more so on his potential, which could wind up blossoming in Big Blue. Solid pick definitely.
I'll be honest, I thought the Giants would have addressed the defensive secondary with at least one of their first three picks. Overall, the team did address needs along both lines, but the secondary was a huge factor in last year's missing of the playoffs.
Part of me wanted to see the Giants take a chance on Tyrann Mathieu in the second round, though that likely would have been a bit high. Yes, we all know about his off the field problems, but with a coach like Tom Coughlin and a cast of veterans around him, he could have potentially shed his demons to reach his full potential on the playing field. I think he's learned his lesson, and it's a scary thought to play against him and Patrick Peterson in the Arizona Cardinals' secondary.
Jon Wagner: As they often do each year, the Giants have continued to smartly address needs, pick by pick, based on the highest value available at the time of selection. And, in this year’s draft, versatility remains the key theme.
They needed to bolster the offensive line, and they did so with their first round selection of Justin Pugh. Next, came the defensive line, in the wake of Osi Umenyiora’s defection to the Atlanta Falcons, and Justin Tuck’s decrease in production last year. Those areas might immediately be addressed with the selections of second-round pick DT Johnathan Hankins and third-round choice, DE Damontre Moore.
In the first NFL draft in half a century that a Big Ten player wasn’t taken in the first round, a player from that conference was finally selected at number 48 overall, with Michigan State RB Le’Veon Bell going to the Steelers. The Giants’ selection of Hankins out of Ohio State then made it two in a row from the Big Ten, at number 49.
As with Pugh (who could play tackle or guard) on the offensive line, Hankins can offer the Giants the highly valuable aspect of versatility. At 6-foot-3, 320 pounds, Hankins is a tough run defender who can play inside or outside. The Giants seem to envision him as being a solid contributor right away, on first and second downs, and possibly on third downs as well, once he develops his pass-rush skills.
“Big John” or “Big Hank,” as he was called at Ohio State, Hankins had a very productive sophomore year for the Buckeyes, with 67 tackles and three sacks before those numbers sagged to 55 tackles and just a lone sack as a junior last season, while dealing with constant double teams. But, his good size and ability to shut down the run is what Giants fans will like most about this year’s second-round pick. His ceiling could be like that of talented Seattle Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane. If so, this will be a great pick for the G-Men.
Like Pugh and Hankins, Moore has good size (at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds) and is flexible with his ability to line up at multiple positions. In 2010, he was a freshman All-Big 12 honoree at the “joker” linebacker spot, while backing up Von Miller’s backup at Texas A&M. In that same role a year a later, he totaled an impressive 72 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
Last year, Moore moved to defensive end, and showed off his pass rushing skills with 12.5 sacks to go along with 80 tackles. Moore was actually considered a top-half of the first-round pick until his speed and strength came into question at the combine. Personally, I’ll take production on the field in actual games over combine results, any time. That said, the Giants might have landed another in their long line of talented and productive NFL pass rushers.
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