Reviewing the New York Giants' 7 Biggest Takeaways from NFL Scouting Combine
The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine is officially over, and as it is every year, multiple players seriously affected their draft stock, whether positively or negatively.
Some players I've had my eye on impressed me, and others were utter disappointments. Either way, this slideshow will give you seven takeaways that might have affected the New York Giants' draft board.
The Giants need to upgrade their offensive line, add a play making tight end, get depth in the secondary and maybe add help in the return game.
Whether those needs will be met in the next month or in April's draft remains to be seen.
Dontari Poe's Monster Workout
Dontari Poe out of Memphis may have been the most impressive player over the weekend. He went from a secondr-ound prospect to a possible top 15 pick and is drawing comparisons to Baltimore's Haloti Ngata.
Not only did Poe get 225 up 44 times on the bench, the highest of the weekend, but he ran an unofficial 4.87 (officially 4.89, but who can believe those) 40.
The guy weighs 346 pounds. I'm scared for the offensive linemen in the NFL next year.
Poe will be gone by the time the Giants pick, but if he isn't, do not be surprised to see Jerry Reese snatch him up. He loves his defensive linemen.
Harrison Smith's Entire Day Was Phenomenal
If the Giants end up losing Deon Grant to free agency or retirement, Harrison Smith is someone who could immediately step in and replace his production.
He was impressive all day long on Tuesday and looks to be available in the second or third round.
What is there not to like about Smith? He was a four-year starter at Notre Dame, was the defensive captain, has incredible play recognition, great instincts and is a good athlete.
The guys on NFL network could not stop raving about this guy, and after watching some of his game highlights and seeing his workout, I wouldn't mind the Giants drafting him.
One thing to consider about drafting a safety early—Kenny Phillips is a free agent after this season.
Michael Egnew's Impressive Workout
Someone who definitely helped his draft stock at the combine was Michael Egnew, who should be rising up draft boards in the coming months.
I had him as a fourth- or fifth-round prospect, but now he will likely be a third- or even late second-round guy. He ran an impressive 4.62, but what was even more impressive was his 1.57 10-yard split, tops among tight ends.
He also showed off athleticism with the top vertical jump (36"), top broad jump (10'11", only two inches behind the top of the entire weekend), fourth best three-cone drill (7.03s) and fourth best 20-yard shuffle (4.32s).
He is was relatively quiet in 2011, but in 2010 with Blaine Gabbert, he turned in 90 receptions. Egnew can be a sleeper, and the Giants might even go after him in Round 2.
Vontaze Burfict's Disastrous Showing
Many of you Giants fans have expressed your desire to see Jerry Reese take Vontaze Burfict in the first round of the draft.
Not only have I vehemently argued against this point because of his personality, but also I am now vindicated by Burfict's terrible showing at the combine.
Hell, Burfict might slide all the way to the third round now. He was clocked at just 5.09s in the 40 and had a 30" vertical. This is the guy who was supposed to be explosive and athletically gifted for a linebacker.
That's not even that good for an offensive lineman.
You've heard of red flags, yes? This guy is waiving a gigantic flag on a 60-foot pole. One NFL scout had this to say about him (courtesy of Bruce Feldman, CBS):
"I wouldn't touch him. He does have some talent, but he is so undisciplined on and off the field. The guy is completely out of control. There's no way you could trust him. I can't believe they (ASU coaching staff) didn't cut him loose."
Sounds like he could be an Oakland Raider.
Coby Fleener Shows off Strength
While Coby Fleener did not get to show off his athleticism at the Combine due to an ankle injury, he was able to do the bench press.
He tied for second with Dwayne Allen with 27 reps. Fleener is without question an excellent receiving tight end and explosive athlete, but this display of strength could convince teams he can be a better blocker with some coaching.
The Giants will definitely be looking to upgrade their tight end position at some point, and Fleener could very well be that guy.
Dwayne Allen Not as Explosive in Workouts
If you scour the Internet, chances are you'll see most draft gurus having the Giants select Dwayne Allen from Clemson.
After his poor showing at the combine, I'm not so sure.
Allen only ran a 4.89 40 and was not very impressive in the agility drills. However, he did show off good hands and strength by turning in 27 reps on the bench.
He is still viewed as an average run blocker, so he needed to show off some explosiveness to stay in the first round. He only had a 32" vertical and a 9'2'' broad jump. Nothing special.
The Giants could still look for a tight end in the first round, but it is not as likely as it once was.
David DeCastro's Impressive Workout
The more I see of this guy, the more I desperately want the Giants to trade up in the first round to take this guy. I realize I said I would have Dwayne Allen in the first round until the draft, but I've already changed my mind, which will be reflected in my next mock draft.
DeCastro has film that indicates he is one of the best guards to come out in the past decade, and now he has a ridiculous combine to add to his stock.
He finished second with 34 bench press reps, first in the three-cone drill (his time was faster than some tight ends), and third in the 20-yard shuffle.
He looked impressive in all the drills, and basically solidified his position in the top 20 picks.