NEW YORK GIANTS' ROUNDS 1 AND 2: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE NFL DRAFT
"For the second year in a row, Jerry
Reese made an unexpected move with the New York
Giants' first-round selection. After choosing value over immediate need in
the 2011 NFL Draft by
taking Cornerback Prince Amukamara, Reese opted to take a running back with the
final pick of the opening round.
While this selection certainly filled a large vacancy on the Giants depth
chart, taking David
Wilson at 32 is still a surprising move from a General Manager whose Super
Bowl winning method includes finding starting caliber players in later
After finding Ahmad Bradshaw in the seventh and final round five years ago,
Reese has given the Giants a main event level RB that played through his first
four years in the league at a relative bargain.
With the durability of today’s top tier backs limiting them to only a handful
of effective seasons, even last year’s top rushing prize Mark Ingram fell to New
Orleans in the waning picks of the opening round.
Irregardless, Reese obviously feels that what Wilson can provide immediately
outweighs the probability that his value may sharply decline only a few short
years from now.
Wilson is expected to bring speed and agility to a rushing attack that
finished 32nd last season. He also brings depth to a position whose leader,
Bradshaw, will remain forever questionable thanks to permanent screws in both
With the majority of the Super Bowl winning roster returning, an injection of
youth and talent in the rushing attack may be just what the Giants need to
repeat. Even a boost into the top 20 for rushing yards could take the pressure
off the passing game necessary to ease in the second round pick.
Randle, WR LSU:
If you chose to believe Reese’s public stance, you may not have seen the Rueben
Randle selection coming. While fans clamored for a suitable imported
replacement for Mario Manningham throughout free agency, Reese maintained that
Jerrel Jernigan was adequate competition for Ramses Barden at third WR.
Randle’s arrival may finally bring a dimension to the Giants offense that the
team had been striving to obtain since Plaxico’s departure. New York
prospered without a large target at WR, but Randle’s 6’3 frame allows them to
implement new wrinkles into an already dangerous system.
If Randle can acclimate himself to the game quick enough and manage to avoid
the injury bug that seems to nag the majority of rookie Giants WRs of late, he
can be an immediate contributor.
Behind him will sit Jernigan, who is guaranteed a spot on this roster thanks
to his status as a second year mid-round draft selection. The Giants are excited
about his speed and are anxious to see if solid hands will follow.
The fifth and possibly sixth spot on the depth chart will be up for grabs.
Barden will have to dig deep and find a way to avoid the injury report. Randle’s
arrival takes away the need for a large target and thus, Ramses unproductive
days are likely numbered.
Domenik Hixon will also need to prove his durability after back-to-back torn
ACLs. If he return to his old form, he’s a cheap veteran option to round out the