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Who Will the NY Giants Choose at No. 63? Breaking Down 4 Potential Picks

Ben RubinContributor IApril 22, 2012

Who Will the NY Giants Choose at No. 63? Breaking Down 4 Potential Picks

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    Every year, most of the pre-draft attention is focused towards the first-round prospects.  That is why I have broken down four potential second-round talents that the NY Giants may pick at No. 63.

    For each player, I dissected their game by outlining their stengths and weaknesses.  Each of these players are solid, well-rounded prospects.  Most of them lack either the elite explosion or the special skill set that first-round picks possess.

    Overall, I feel that these four prospects have a low bust potential.  All of them will definitely need some work at the next level, but they all have the potential to be productive starters.

    If the NY Giants select any one of these players, I am confident that they will have an immediate impact on offense and will make their presence felt with Big Blue.

Bobby Massie

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 316

    Position: OT

    School: Ole Miss

    Bobby Massie is a big, athletic lineman who played RT during his time at Ole Miss.  While at Ole Miss, he also played against top-notch competition in the SEC, such as Alabama and LSU.

    Massie has all the physical tools necessary to be a productive OT in the NFL and possesses long, 35-inch arms that allow him to keep rushers at bay.  He is surprisingly light on his feet for a man his size, especially at RT. 

    Massie, in my opinion, has the proper foot quickness to make the conversion to LT in some run-oriented NFL offenses, given some time to refine his form.  He has the perfect size to anchor defenders on the inside and outside.  

    Massie has never missed a game due to injury while at Ole Miss.  He took over as the full-time starter in 2010, his sophomore season, and has not looked back since.  Massie has the versatile skill set to either move into the trenches and play guard or stay on the outside as an OT.  

    In the run game, Massie is a clear-cut mauler, as he uses his impressive strength to move defenders off the line of scrimmage.  He has a nastiness about him, as he typically finishes blocks in the run game and plays to the whistle, which will definitely translate to success in the NFL.  

    He has great overall motor and won’t cause any locker room trouble.  He has the lateral speed to seal off the edge in the run game and take on defenders in the second level.

    Massie is definitely a raw talent because he dominates pass-rushers with his long arms, size and foot speed rather than great technique or hand placement.  During games, he often gets too upright, which causes pass-rushers to maneuver him.  This can be caused by his average knee bend, which is almost as inconsistent as his hand placement.  

    Until he learns to get more consistent in lowering his pad level and showing better leverage off the snap in pass protection, he will certainly be a liability against smaller speed rushers in the NFL. 

    Overall, Massie possesses all the physical tools to be a dominant mauler and solid pass protector as an NFL tackle, but he will definitely need fine-tuneing in his knee bend and hand placement.  He is a pretty raw talent who has the potential to be a top-10 RT in the NFL. 

Lamar Miller

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 212

    Position: RB

    School: Miami

    Lamar Miller is a redshirt sophomore out of the University of Miami that doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on his body because he only had 355 carries during his collegiate career.  Definitely on the smaller side for a three-down running back, his big-play ability is what will make him an early-round commodity in this year’s draft.

    Miller’s straight-line speed (4.38 40-yard dash at Combine) is how he will make his money at the next level.  He is really explosive out of the backfield and has home-run potential on every carry.  He displays great burst and acceleration through holes at the line of scrimmage. 

    If a defensive front cannot get him down at the first or second level, it's game over because he will blow by defensive backs for big gains.

    Miller has first-class vision and awareness out of the backfield.  He shows good patience as a runner.  He does a nice job waiting for his blockers and is excellent at locating the open running lane to explode through. 

    Also, he is great at finding cut-back lanes in order to elude tacklers.  These instinctive traits will definitely help him adjusting to NFL offenses.

    Miller also shows some physicality when he finishes off runs.  He is not a power back by any means, but he does display some toughness and is not afraid to attempt to break tackles if he has to.

    One positive that stands out in his running style is his ability to make quick decisions.  When he finds a hole he definitely does not hesitate to attack it. 

    Another thing Miller does well is not dancing around behind the line of scrimmage like, say, a David Wilson-type player.  Like I just mentioned, he rarely hesitates and if he does find himself in a pickle, he utilizes his speed very effectively to get out of it. 

    The biggest knock on Lamar Miller is that he doesn’t have the elite size to be an every down type of running back in the NFL.  Many people feel that he will only serve as a change-of-pace, speedster type of tailback in the league. 

    Durability is another concern.  Although he didn’t have any major injuries during his collegiate career, his thin frame may wear down in the long NFL season.  I have also heard that Miller did not interview well with several NFL teams and showed a lack of understanding in regards to his playbook at Miami. 

    Another reason that many scouts feel he doesn’t have what it takes to be a three-down back in the pros is that he isn’t exceptional in the passing game.  He really doesn’t have a lot of experience as a pass protector, and unless he puts on some muscle in the NFL, he will be a consistent liability protecting the quarterback when called upon. 

    Miller also had a few receptions at Miami, but just like his blocking technique, he will need to work on his concentration and hands out of the backfield at the next level.  

Dwayne Allen

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 255

    Position: TE

    School: Clemson

    The 2011 Mackey Award winner has all the tools of a complete tight end and displays all the qualities to be a solid starter in the NFL on day one.  Although only a junior, he was an important piece in Clemson’s offense as a consistent red-zone threat as well as a reliable blocker in the run game.

    Allen fills all the size prerequisites that teams look for in an every down tight end.  He has enough bulk to be serviceable in the running game and decent height to make catches over the middle of the field.  Also, he has very good strength, as displayed by his 27 repetitions of 225 pounds at the NFL Combine.

    While at Clemson, Allen was Tajh Boyd’s most dependable weapon in the passing game.  Allen has great hands as a receiver and basically caught everything thrown his way at the collegiate level.  In the red-zone, he was a real terror for opposing teams.  He had eight touchdowns his junior year, which was good enough for 2nd in the nation, behind only Stanford’s Coby Fleener, for a tight end.

    Allen also has a lot of experience as a route runner and is very adept in this department.  He is also really good at creating separation against defenders by utilizing his underrated speed and quickness.  When the ball is in the air, Allen shows great body control for a man his size. 

    Also, he does a nice job following the ball into his hands on a consistent basis.  His leaping ability is another bonus that gives him leverage over coverage defenders, especially across the middle of the field.

    What separates Allen from most of the other tight ends in this draft class is his ability to serve as an in-line blocker.  First off, Allen is not a mauler in the blocking game by any means, but his willingness to block and his strength to do so is pretty rare in today’s game.  He is also very strong at the point of attack and is pretty quick off the snap.

    In the NFL, tight ends become household names by displaying remarkable athleticism and acrobatics in the passing game rather than by becoming reliable blockers in the running game.  This is why a complete, three-down tight end such as Allen is quite rare in the NFL and is valued at a premium.

    Although there is a lot to like with Allen, there are several knocks on him as well.  As I mentioned before, he still needs a lot of work with his blocking technique in order to become a dominant blocker.  At the college level, he was able to maneuver defenders by relying on his size.  That won’t work in the NFL. Also, Allen sometimes gets lazy with his hand placement during games.

    Another weakness in his game is his lack of vertical speed. 

    Allen ran a 4.89 forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine, which is not very impressive for an early-round tight end.  He won’t stretch defenses like a Coby Fleener type of player with his lack of deep speed, but he showed that he can still get adequate separation from defenders during games.

Mohamed Sanu

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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 211

    Position: WR

    School: Rutgers

    Arguably my favorite player in this year’s draft, Mohamed Sanu is a versatile receiver who has some of the best hands of any receiver in this year’s draft.  The junior out of Rutgers was one of the most productive wide outs in 2011, as he was fourth in college football in terms of receptions and nineteenth in overall receiving yards.

    Sanu is as tough a receiver as they come.  His physicality with the ball in his hands is what separates him from the other receivers in this class.  Sanu is a very hard-nosed type of player who prefers to run through defenders rather than around them, which helps him in the red zone.  He has a devastating stiff arm that allows him to knock defenders off their feet in open field. 

    Sanu reminds me of a poor man’s Anquan Boldin due to his overall physical approach to the game.

    Sanu’s strong, dependable hands are another trait that differentiates him from the other top-tier receivers in the 2012 NFL Draft class.  Sanu has some of the biggest hands for a receiver in this year’s draft class (10.125 inches).  He rarely, if ever, drops a catchable pass because he has terrific ball skills and focus while the ball is in the air, much like Hakeem Nicks in this department.

    In terms of his size, he is big enough and strong enough to outwork defensive backs.  Sanu has impressive lower body strength, which gives him great balance after the catch and explosive vertical leaping ability (36 inches).

    Sanu is an extremely versatile player.  He played safety, running back, quarterback and of course wide receiver while he was at Rutgers.  He is very experienced and effective as a wildcat quarterback, which he showed often in red-zone situations. 

    While in the wildcat, he is a powerful inside runner with excellent vision and underrated quickness on outside runs.  

    Sanu does have some weaknesses in his game.  The biggest concern is his lack of elite, top-end speed, which could give him separation problems in the NFL.  He won’t stretch the field like a Kendall Wright, but he will work the slot position effectively.  Sanu doesn’t possess great lateral agility or slipperiness to elude defenders.  

    Lastly, Sanu did have some ankle issues in 2010 that limited him during the season.

    Overall, he is a physical receiver who will bring everything he has every Sunday.  Although possessing outstanding hands and body control, he lacks the burst and speed to be a consistent deep threat in the NFL.

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