[quote user="RoanokeFan"]AN EARLY LOOK AT THE GIANTS' NFL DRAFT STRATEGY:* WR A POSSIBILITY?
"Under general manager Jerry Reese, the New York Giants have made headlines selecting the best
available player on their board. The most famous of the bunch was defensive end
Jason Pierre- Paul, who, upon being selected would have been the 4th defensive
end in the rotation.
Ultimately, with his high draft picks Jerry Reese searches for the player who
will provide the biggest impact on the roster.*
Nebraska's cornerback Prince Amukamara, center,
number nineteen overall pick, is surrouded by family members after being
selected by the New York
Giants during round one of the 2011 NFL
at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York
City. UPI/Monika Graff
The Giants have needs at several spots including offensive line, tight end,
and possibly running back and safety.*
The fact of the matter is, Reese won't reach for a player at any of those
spots. Tight ends and running backs can be found in most any round.
The most interesting position to keep an eye on at the combine this week and
throughout the draft process is none other than wide receiver.*
We all know the situation with Mario
Manningham. He is a legitimate deep threat in the NFL and in a
league where a premium value is placed on big plays, Manningham will not slip
under anyone's radar. With franchise tags or extensions likely for Mike Wallace,
Vincent Jackson, Desean Jackson, and Reggie Wayne, Manningham*might just be the
best option available on the wide receiver market.
The draft is a totally separate story.*
At first glance, it looks silly to lose a player in free agency and then
"waste" a first round pick on a player at his position.*
At second glance, the wide receiver class in 2012 is extremely deep. Factor
in the notion that the NFL has become severely pass- oriented, that big plays
drive the Giants offense, and that Hakeem Nicks has missed time in his first 3
seasons, the Giants could be staring at the very realistic possibility that two-
thirds of their dynamic passing trio from 2011 would not be available for
franchise quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning is in his prime and he proved in 2011 that with the proper weapons at
his disposal, he can dictate games against any defense in the NFL and gives
the Giants a great chance to win any game they play.*
The Giants can not afford to waste that.*
Alshon Jeffery and Reuben Randle are two names that come to mind when
discussing wide receivers in the later rounds. Both stand at 6'4" and possess
the ability to run the entire route tree. Their incredible size and ability to
snatch the ball out of the air in double coverage is intriguing for an offense
in New York
that has not had a true size threat since Plaxico Burress.*
Both players dominated the best conference in the nation and would be getting
an absolute ton of press in any draft that did not include Justin Blackmon.*
In 2010 with South Carolina, Jeffery beat the #1 team in the nation in
Alabama almost single handedly. He had 7 catches for 127 yards and two
touchdowns in what stands as one of the most dominant receiving performances in
the SEC in recent history.*
He is also nearly 230 pounds.*
Randle averaged over 20 yards per reception in 6 of LSU's 13 games this past
season. Again, this is in the SEC, the top conference in college football.
Both players seem to fit the Giants profile in terms of draft picks.
First off, they are physical freaks with huge potential in the NFL. Secondly,
they were productive. Thirdly, they played against high levels of
There is another very intriguing thread about Jeffery with respect to the
Giants and their draft tendencies: his stock slipped in 2012 and is rumored to
have let himself go before this combine.
Bradshaw, Marvin Austin, and even Hakeem Nicks (gained weight before combine
and ran slower than expected) slipped in the draft because of various
That is where Jerry Reese strikes.
Unless Jeffery has to get rolled to the start of the 40 yard dash or has very
serious motivation issues, The Giants will likely look past his "bad" (6th in
the SEC in receiving) season in 2011 as they have so many times.*
To this point, this is a combination of what I think the Giants will do and
what they should do. I am not sure they should do this. I think there is a very
good chance they do indeed do it."
[/quote]I really like Reuben Randle.LSU had awful QB's couldnt get him the ball