NFL Draft 2012 Results: Rueben Randle Will Be Next Plaxico Burress for Giants

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIApril 29, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 3: Brandon Boykin #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs defends a pass against Rueben Randle #2 of the LSU Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants might have just found their next impact player in Rueben Randle, the team's second-round pick of the 2012 NFL draft.

The former LSU receiver can be compared to Plaxico Burress, mostly through the similar size of the two. Randle is 6'4", while Burress is an inch taller at 6'5".

Before the jokes start coming, this is a comparison between the two players on the field, not off the field.

(Cue jokes about Burress shooting himself in the leg.)

Randle's statistical output was hindered by the lack of quarterback play at LSU, but he still managed to rack up 917 yards and eight touchdowns.

Randle is reminiscent to Burress in that he maintains just the right amount of separation between his defender before using his height advantage to come down with the ball. One thing that may make Randle better than Burress in the long run is his ability to pull in poorly-thrown balls down low, something that Burress had a hard time doing thanks to his height.

Another thing he does better than Burress is read defensive zones. Burress had a much easier time relying on his physical gifts to make receptions and, while he was a good route-runner, occasionally had trouble with his timing.

However, when he did get his timing down pat with Eli Manning, the two were nearly unstoppable.

Randle is murder on defenses in the red zone and on those quick hitches across the middle, something that Burress made his living on.

He's obviously not going to be the main attraction like Burress was, with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz receiving plenty of targets, but that could make him all the more dangerous.

He'll likely be replacing Jerrel Jernigan as the team's No. 3 receiver and could prove to be a speedy playmaker to replace Mario Manningham. He registered a 4.5 40-yard dash, making him the perfect guy to fill the Giants' need for a speedy, over-the-top threat.

Jerry Reese is an absolute genius by the way, always finding a way to sneak in a great pick at an unsuspecting time. You have to give it up to the Giants front office, as they pump out quality draft picks year after year.