[quote user="nycsportzfan"]Jerry Reese can flat out draft! End of story!
12:01 PM, January 3, 2012
By JUSTIN TERRANOVA
Jerry Reese is the guy who before the season starter
guaranteed the Giants would make the playoffs, the guy who was taking a
lot of the criticism for a quiet offseason, and the guy whose job would
have been called into question had the Giants not fulfilled his
He’s also the guy whose drafting ability is the reason the Giants are
the NFC East champs and playing host to the Falcons on Sunday.
In 2007 when the Giants won the Super Bowl it was seventh-round
unknown rookie Ahmad Bradshaw who emerged at the end of the season and
helped carry the Giants into the playoffs and beyond.
This year it’s two players from the 2010 draft who have become the
most important on the Giants outside of quarterback Eli Manning. Reese’s
first-round pick was Jason Pierre-Paul, who had played football one
year at South Florida, and defensive end was one position the Giants had
depth at with Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka all
high-level players. But the Giants took Pierre-Paul with the 13th pick
anyway, and he has become the team’s best defensive player in his second
But Reese’s best decision came after the draft when he signed Victor
Cruz out of UMass. The New Jersey native immediately impressed with 297
receiving yards in the Giants’ 2010 preseason opening victory over the
Jets, but after playing sparingly in the regular season, Cruz hurt his
hamstring and was put on injured reserve. Cruz has come back this year
as a star. With Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham battling nagging
injuries, Cruz has been the one receiving constant for a Giants team
that also lost Steve Smith to the Eagles.
It was the departure of Smith and tight end Kevin Boss that had
Giants fans struggling to understand the team’s post-lockout plan. Their
big free agent signing was center David Baas, while the Jets were
making splashes with the re-signing of Santonio Holmes and adding of
Plaxico Burress, who spurned a Giants reunion.
Injuries to key players on the Giants defense (Prince Amukamara,
Terrell Thomas, Jonathan Goff) was also a reason for trepidation. It was
Reese’s strong 2011 draft that helped patch up that defense with rookie
linebackers Jacquian Williams (sixth round), Greg Jones (sixth round)
and Mark Herzlich (undrafted) all playing meaningful time. The defense
was vulnerable at times, but played its best football the final two
weeks of the season to beat the Jets and Cowboys and win the NFC East.
They have Reese to thank for that. The Giants GM puts his stamp on
this team during April’s draft, not the free-agent period, and it’s the
reason the Giants were able to survive crippling injuries and get back
to the playoffs for the first time in three years.
Or is it!?
*DUN DUN DUN!!!*
From the draft genius and all knowing Count Cho... I mean Mel Kiper:
(Note: Kiper has regraded the Giants' 2011 draft from "B-" to "C")Although the Giants have had a very good season based on where they
are, it's fair to say the draft hasn't really played a role. Prince Amukamara
is seeing significant time now but was out early after a broken foot.
He has played a bit better in recent weeks, but it's hard to say at this
point whether he projects as more than a solid regular. Marvin Austin was a good value based on talent, but the defensive tackle out of North Carolina got hurt early and hasn't factored in. Jerrel Jernigan
hasn't really worked his way into the offense. Greg Jones was a nice
value, but he has seen only spot duty thus far. One promising rookie
year has come from Henry Hynoski
-- but he was an undrafted free agent. There's talent here, but it's
still early days, and this class hasn't really had a noticeable effect
on the season.
That Jerry Reese is such a buffoon for knowingly drafting guys who will get hurt. And special teams doesn't matter. Its not a game has EVER been won or lost on special teams play.
...And Jaquan Williams doesn't exist. That's why Kiper never knew who he was.