- Another area that Reese improved was special teams. Jurnigan aside, a number of the other draftees should help out on kick coverage. Tyler Sash, Greg Jones and Jacquain Williams should all be special teams contributors.
- ‘Prince Amukamara’ was not the most interesting name to join New York sports on Thursday; that honor goes to ‘God’s Gift Achiuwa,’ who committed to St. John’s basketball.
- Value was the name of the game for Reese and co. Prince Amukamara was considered a top 10 talent, yet the Giants were able to steal him at pick 19. Marvin Austin was once considered a top 15 talent before being suspended for the 2010 season. Even so, he was an early second round talent that fell to the later half of the second round for the Giants.
Jurnigan was a late second/ early third rounder, yet he slipped to late third. James Brewer was an early third round prospect, but he fell to the fourth. Da’Rel Scott was talked about as a fifth or sixth rounder after posting a 4.34 forty time, but he slipped to the seventh.
- Most surprising of all was Greg Jones, who some projected as a third round prospect, falling to the Giants in the sixth round. In my last “mock dream draft,” I had Jones to the Giants in the fourth round, which prompted friend-of-the-blog “Mickster” to comment: “Jones in the 4th is quite optimistic.” I guess I’m an optimist.
Here’s what I wrote about Jones:
The perfect marriage of need and value, Jones falls right into the LB-starved Giants’ laps. He played on the inside in college, but could be forced to move to the outside in the pros. Either way, he is a terrific athlete who will help the Giants in coverage. He was a four year starter, so he should help right away.
- The biggest complaint after day two was that the Giants were not addressing their needs at tackle and linebacker. The most cited offense was the third round pick used to take a wide receiver, which is not a position of need. I was one of the people upset with the lack of a linebacker or tackle taken in the first three rounds. But after day three, I admit that Jerry Reese has righted the wrongs.
In the fourth and sixth rounds, the Giants selected two prospects that could have easily been taken in day two. Had the Giants taken Jones or Brewer in the third instead of Jurrigan, most experts would have said they were solid picks that filled needs (Greg Jones was among Sports Illustrated’s best available players for the entire fifth and sixth rounds before the Giants nabbed him.) But because they waited, it seems as if some people are criticizing Reese simply because he waited too long to address these needs. If he ended up with third round talent, why does it matter where the players were drafted?
- This was a weak draft class for LBs. Sure, the Giants could have taken Martez Wilson in the second (which I wanted at the time), or Mason Foster or Casey Matthews in the third, or Quan Sturdivant or Lawrence Wilson in the fourth, but I’m not convinced that most of those players will be better NFL players than Jones. Besides, had the Giants selected one of those players, it would have meant losing out on one of the great value picks of Austin, Jurnigan or Brewer.
Whatever your personal opinions are on these players, the general consensus before the draft was that these players could reasonably be expected to be off the board by the time the Giants selected in the fourth round. But Reese sat back, and let perceived value fall into his lap, simultaneously filling needs. I have no complaint with this strategy, and I believe that the result was a successful draft. In fact, this is the best I remember feeling about a Giants draft.