Miller decided to simply explain the picks in the first round, so we'll be able to quote what he had to say for this first round selection, but not any of the later picks. Here is Miller's reasoning for the Giants to take Orson Charles.
Orson Charles impressed me the first time I saw him play and continues to do so time and time again. He's a physical specimen that will open up new doors in the New York Giants offense.
Tom Coughlin, while addressing the media at the combine, said the team wanted to add a tight end after ACL injuries hit Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard during the Super Bowl. Charles is the top-rated tight end on the board and would give New York an immediate presence in the middle of the field.
I had gotten used to the idea of the Giants drafting a tight end in the first round, but now I'm skeptical as none of them really got to show off a first-round grade.
Dwayne Allen was disappointing, and Coby Fleener and Charles each decided not to run. They will be able to show off their speed and athleticism at their pro days, but for now they haven't had that chance.
However, there is no denying the Giants need a tight end, and while I feel this is a bit of a reach, it is foolish to think Charles will last all the way through another round. He is a good player and has freakish strength for a tight end.
Charles put up an incredible 35 bench press reps, which was the fourth-highest total over the weekend (7th place), and would have been second among offensive lineman.
The knocks on Charles—poor route running, average athleticism—are probably not a big deal to the Giants, proven by their willingness to go with Jake Ballard all year long.
I would much rather have Coby Fleener at this point (who Miller has going in the early third round) or an offensive lineman here, but I can't blame Miller for taking this pick.