WHO FITS GIANTS' NEED AT TIGHT END
"One of the few holes on the Giants roster is at tight end – an area of need
which GM Jerry Reese has confirmed. They’re likely to consider addressing this
position in the 1st or 2nd round of the draft, so let’s examine who might fit
The Giants are one of the few teams in the league still clinging to the
traditional tight end. They expect their tight ends to be an extension of the
This past season the Giants used their tight ends in pass protection on 24
percent of their passing plays – the 6th highest average in the league. But
unlike the teams ahead of them on this list, they don’t bring in pure blockers
in these situations. Instead, all of their tight ends are expected to contribute
as both blockers and receivers. In 2011, all three tight ends were used to block
on 18 percent of pass plays or more, led by Jake Ballard’s 25.6 percent (6th
highest in NFL).
And this isn’t a new trend. In 2010, the Giants also used their tight ends in
pass protection 24 percent of the time, led by Kevin Boss’ 27.9 percent (5th
So which tight ends in the 2012 draft class fit the Giants mold?
For starters, Coby
Charles and Ladarius
Green are not good fits. All three are deficient blockers and lack
the physical qualities to improve in that area.
So if they’re going to address this need early, that leaves them with one
Allen isn’t a dominant blocker, but he gives a solid effort and has the frame
to add some weight and improve. He’ll probably never be elite in this area, but
he compares favorably to Kevin Boss both in his blocking ability and his
potential to contribute as a receiver in the passing game.
Allen is definitely an option for the Giants with the 32nd pick."