Excerpt: "First in five-part series leading up to NFL Draft May 8-10. Next week: defensive ends, tackles and linebackers
Rating the prospects
Post NFL writer Bart Hubbuch ranks the top wide receivers and tight ends in the May 8-10 draft:
Top 5 wide receivers
1. Sammy Watkins*=Clemson=6-1=210
The complete package and a likely top-five pick.
2. Mike Evans*=Texas A&M=6-5=230
Big, strong prospect who fights for every ball.
3. Marqise Lee*=USC=6-0=190
Needs bulk but is a relentless, big-play receiver.
4. Odell Beckham Jr.*=LSU=5-11=200
Prolific wideout who could thrive in a slot role.
5. Kelvin Benjamin*=Florida St.=6-5=240
Huge target with long arms who only lacks speed.
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: Turned heads with a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, the fastest turned in by any WR at the combine.
Jarvis Landry, LSU: Stock plummeted when he ran a 4.77 at the combine, then left early due to injury.
Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley: Big, physical, reliable target who was a three-year starter and has respectable speed (4.42).
Top 5 tight ends
1. Eric Ebron*=North Carolina=6-4=245
Poor pro day but still the class of a thin group.
2. Jace Amaro*=Texas Tech=6-5=260
Big target put up big numbers in a wide-open offense.
3. Troy Niklas*=Notre Dame=6-7=270
Converted defensive end who excels as a blocker.
4. C.J. Fiedorowicz=Iowa=6-7=265
Lack of explosiveness is made up for with sure hands.
5. Austin Seferian-Jenkins*=Washington=6-6=275
Won the Mackey Award as the country’s top tight end.
Niklas: He’s no Tyler Eifert, but a solid combine and offseason have answered questions about his speed and hands.
Seferian-Jenkins: A DUI last year and foot surgery that forced him to miss the combine and pro day aren’t helping his case.
Reggie Jordan, Missouri Western: A whopping 33 percent of his catches in college (17 out of 52) went for touchdowns.
What Giants might do
There is little doubt the Giants want to add a receiver and a tight end in the NFL Draft. At receiver, they gave up on Hakeem Nicks after two subpar seasons. They still have Victor Cruz, but behind him Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan are young and fairly unproven, despite Randle’s team-high six TDs in 2013. They would have to be enticed at No. 12 by towering Mike Evans (Texas A&M). The Cruz-like Marqise Lee (USC) or huge, Plaxico Burress clone Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State) in the second round would make sense.
At tight end, the signing of Kellen Davis gives the Giants a big, experienced blocker, but the options behind him — Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell and newly acquired veteran Daniel Fells — are not ideal. Making a first-round splash with Eric Ebron of North Carolina would be a departure for GM Jerry Reese, but going for Jace Amaro (Texas Tech) or the imposing Troy Niklas (Notre Dame) on the second day of the draft could work." Read more...