NFL Draft 2012: Andre Brown's Suspension May Affect the Giants' Draft Plans

Jeffrey SchmidtCorrespondent IIIApril 1, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 16:  Andre Brown #22 of the New York Giants breaks a tackle against the New York Jets during the preseason game at New Meadowlands Stadium on August 16, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The  Giants won 31 - 16. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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The NFL has suspended New York Giants running back Andre Brown for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances. 

Brown was expected to compete for the Giants' backup running back position after Brandon Jacobs was released, but this news will certainly hinder his future status with the team.  

The suspension comes at a time when the Super Bowl champions are diligently preparing for the draft and now there is uncertainty surrounding their backfield. 

New York may have to consider adding a veteran running back to take Brown's place on the roster, or they may look to the upcoming draft. 

Let's take a look at some of the options that the Giants have moving forward.    


Jackie Battle

The free-agent running back had an outstanding season filling in for the injured Jamaal Charles.

G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
15 4 149 597 4.0 34 2 9 68 7.6 24 0    -    -

The 6'2", 240-pound back is a tough runner that that possesses a surprising amount of quickness and speed for his size. Battle is at his best between the tackles and he could also contribute on special teams. Battle has only 190 carries through five seasons in the NFL, which means he still has a lot left in the tank.      


Chris Polk 

Chris Polk would be the best-case scenario for the Giants, in my opinion.

This running back is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and he is also one of the draft's toughest inside runners. The running back has an excellent combination of size and speed and he displayed that on his pro day when he ran between 4.45 and 4.49 in the 40-yard dash. 

The former Washington Huskies star would be a great second option for the Giants and I could easily see him becoming the running back of the future. 


David Wilson

The Giants already have a speed back in Da'Rel Scott, but David Wilson might be able to bring more to the table at the end of the day. 

Wilson is crazy fast and he can get to the edge quicker than any running back coming out this year. However, the shifty back also plays bigger than his size indicates because he has the ability to run between the tackles to pick up tough yardage.

Wilson could be available to the Giants at the end of Round 2. 


Robert Turbin

Robert Turbin may turn out to be the biggest steal in this year's draft.

The Utah State product is an extremely powerful runner that posses a unique combination of size and quickness. Turbin plays behind his pads and he keeps his legs moving through contact and can continue to gain yards after first contact.

He could be a great change-of-pace back for Ahmad Bradshaw and he may be the best candidate to fill the shoes of Jacobs. Turbin should fall to the Giants at the end of Round 3.