GM Jerry Reese said 4th round pick TE Adrien Robinson of Cincinnati is "the JPP of tight ends."
You can say what you want about me. Call me a homer. Call me crazy. The Giants, who won the Super Bowl a little less than three months ago, just had one of the best drafts in the team history.
Experts are writing they replaced players and filled needs. I disagree. They didn't just replace players. They got better ones. GM Jerry Reese and scouting Marc Ross outdid themselves this time.
The pick that has my mind wandering is the Giants' second-round selection, WR Rueben Randle. This kid is not only an upgrade over Mario Manningham, he has the ability to rival Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz production-wise. His presence keeps Cruz in the slot and keeps the Giants' offense in business. Big business, too.
After Michael Strahan announced Randle's name Friday night, the look on everyone's face at RCMH was the same one you see in movie houses when the good guy gets the gun back from the bad guy: time to roll the credits.
Randle played at LSU, a team that did not have a quarterback that could exploit his talents. Now he has Eli Manning throwing footballs in his direction. He likened his game to that of Randy Moss'. After meeting him, I can see why. He's every bit of 6'3" and has a build similar to that of Moss. He can get separation and catch the ball in traffic. In my mind, he's a taller version of Nicks. That is mind-boggling when you think about it.
Most teams are lucky to have one receiver to hang their hat on. The Giants now have three. Randle should have gone in the first round (and the Giants actually debated taking him there). His play for the next decade will remind everyone of that. This is a huge boon for the Giants. I cannot believe they landed this kid.
RB David Wilson, the first-rounder, is also a monster pick. The stories about his speed are that of legend. I spoke with ESPN's John Clayton on Friday and he asked me if Wilson was here to replace Ahmad Bradshaw or Brandon Jacobs.
"Both," I told him.
Bradshaw's feet will keep him from carrying the load going forward sorry to say. Wilson will get on the field and zip past people like Bradshaw did when younger and healthier. He may even be better.
Jacobs? We won't miss him one iota. Wilson is a home run hitter. He gets positive yards almost every play and is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. That Giant running game that sunk to the bottom of the league last season has been resurrected in a big way.
CB Jayron Hosley easily replaces Aaron Ross. Hosley is a football player, where Ross was just an athlete. This kid comes to play and loves the game. Here's a kid who told reporters he turned pro because college football was getting "too easy" for him. With Terrell Thomas and Prince Amukamara coming off surgeries, this Hosley pick appears to be a big win for Reese.
The pick of Cincinnati TE Adrien Robinson was a bit of a surprise in Round Four. The Giants feel they have another find on their hands, and considering some of the players they have found over the past few years, this one appears to be an intriguing one...
"We really think this guy has a huge up-side. He is a big, big man; long arms," Reese said yesterday. "He didn’t catch a lot of balls for them. But he is kind of a late bloomer who has really come on. And we think this guy is kind of a JPP of tight ends. We like these kind of people. We will get Mike Pope involved with this guy. We brought him in for one of the visits. We are excited about him. We think he can really come on and develop and be a terrific football player for us. So it is very exciting for us to get him."
Their other fourth round pick was a tackle, an area of need going forward for sure. Reese feels they can develop Auburn tackle Brandon Mosely into a solid pro. When I saw his tapes, I immediately compared him to David Diehl. So did Reese, it turns out....
"Big, tough, smart; just like we like in our offensive line room. He reminds us somewhat of David Diehl. This guy has a good concept. He understands; knows how to play. We think he is going to be a good addition. We think he could go in there and play some guard as well if we needed him to play some guard. But he is an offensive tackle."
Reese thinks he has another find in OT Matt McCants of UAB, another project for OL coach Pat Flaherty to mold into a pro.
"Really a pleasant surprise when you watch him," Reese explained. "You have to look at him. UAB has not been a powerhouse of football lately, but you do your homework and go in a look at this guy. He is intriguing; long, 36-inch arms. I think at the Combine he was 308. I think he is 315 now. I think he will be 325 pounds in a blink. A very interesting prospect for us. We think that in a year or so he could really make some headway and challenge for a spot in our starting lineup. I think he is going to be that type of player for us."
The team's final pick is another raw gem: DT Markus Kuhn from NC State. Reese seemed to like this pick....
"This kid is German. He doesn’t have much of a background in football. He has only played a limited about of time. But he is a gym rat; big, strong, tough; great to put in your d-line rotation. Obviously he is still learning. I think he speaks three languages – something like that. But he is fun to watch. He is the Mitch Petrus of defensive tackles. He is a like a buzz saw in there. He is big. I think he ended up with five sacks during the season. I wouldn’t call him a pass rusher. But he stays busy. Somebody better take him because he stays busy in there and he is a slugger."
There you have it. The rich just got richer. Training camp can't start soon enough. More to come...
quotes courtesy Giants Communications Dept