New York Giants: Reviewing Their 2012 NFL Draft

Dan HopeContributor IIIMay 31, 2012

New York Giants: Reviewing Their 2012 NFL Draft

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    At the end of a month of reviewing every NFL team's draft selections, the process concludes with the New York Giants. They picked at the end of the draft order after last year’s remarkable run to win Super Bowl XLVI.

    The Giants achieved the NFL’s ultimate prize last season, defeating the Patriots in the championship contest for the second time in five years.

    Now, the Giants are on top of the NFL pedestal, and will have the rest of the league trying to knock them off in their efforts to defend their title.

    A strong draft was important for the Giants in their efforts to remain champions of the National Football League in the upcoming season.

    Did the Giants continue to improve their personnel and build a roster that can win another title?

    Read through the following slides to find out.

Evaluating the Picks

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    Round 1, Pick 32: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

    Overall Prospect Rank: No. 33

    Wilson is an explosive running back with tremendous speed and agility, while also being a hard runner who possesses size and strength.

    He is best suited to be an outside runner as a speed back, but he is capable of running between tackles as well. He is a similar runner to Ahmad Bradshaw, but is a good complementary back with the ability to be a game-breaker.

    Round 2, Pick 63: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

    Overall Prospect Rank: No. 62

    Randle is a well-rounded receiver with the skill set to be a quality No. 2 wideout.

    While he lacks top-end speed, he is a good athlete with the ability to make plays downfield, and he has good size and hands.

    Randle was productive in the SEC, and he is a solid route-runner. Randle is not a big-play receiver, but he should be a reliable downfield target for the Giants.

    Round 3, Pick 94: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

    Overall Prospect Rank: No. 42

    Hosley is a smooth cover corner known for being a playmaker.

    He has terrific ball skills, fluid hips and is a very good athlete. Hosley’s productivity dropped from his sophomore to junior seasons, but mostly because opposing teams threw the ball his way less often.

    He is undersized, tends to be overly aggressive and is a poor tackler, but he has high upside and should be a difference-maker as a nickel or dime cornerback.

    Round 4, Pick 127: Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati

    Overall Prospect Rank: No. 375

    Robinson made a name for himself at Cincinnati’s pro day, where he put up tremendous measurables (4.56 40-yard dash, 11’3’’ broad jump, 39 ½’’ vertical jump) for a 6’4’’, 264-pound tight end. He was not productive as a receiver at Cincinnati, but he has high athletic potential and is a solid blocker. Robinson may have been a stretch selection in Round 4, but he has big sleeper potential.

    Round 4, Pick 131 (compensatory selection): Brandon Mosley, OT/G, Auburn

    Overall Prospect Rank: No. 104

    Mosley is a sound right tackle prospect who stepped up for Auburn in his senior season.

    He has the potential to start on the right side, but could also be a three-position backup with the versatility to line up at guard.

    Round 6, Pick 201: Matt McCants, OT, UAB

    Overall Prospect Rank: No. 154

    McCants has big talent as an offensive tackle, but he is raw. He has very good size, but subpar athletic ability.

    He was a successful collegiate offensive lineman and All-Conference USA first-team selection, but he is a developmental project.

    Round 7, Pick 239: Markus Kuhn, DT, NC State

    Overall Prospect Rank: Not in Top 400

    Kuhn is an athletic defensive tackle with a great frame, and he can be a disruptive force on the defensive line.

    He is a raw talent who only started one season at NC State. He had limited productivity, but has good upside as a developmental project.

Evaluating the Trades

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    The Giants traded Round 5, Pick 167 to the Cincinnati Bengals for outside linebacker Keith Rivers.

    Rivers’ career with the Cincinnati Bengals was hampered by injuries, but he remains a very talented outside linebacker with the ability to be a quality starter.

    He was well worth taking a chance on over any outside linebacker the Giants could have acquired in Round 5.

Assessing Value

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    The Giants got solid value throughout the draft, selecting many players exactly where they should have gone.

    A late first-round pick was the right time for Wilson to be selected, as was the case with a late second-round pick for Randle.

    Hosley is a talented cornerback who would have been worth a Round 2 pick, and was very good value at the end of Round 3.

    Robinson was a bit of a reach, but with all of the top tight ends off of the board, he had as much potential as any tight end on the board. He could end up being a very smart selection.

    Mosley and McCants were very solid value as Day Three selections, and Kuhn was worth a shot in Round 7.

Addressing Needs

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    Unsurprisingly for a team coming off of a Super Bowl title, the Giants did not come into the draft with many pressing needs.

    But, they still had many areas where upgrades or depth was important, including running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line and linebacker. The Giants did a good job of drafting players in those areas.

    However, while adding a running back was a smart move for the Giants, Wilson was not the best fit.

    Wilson is a similar back to Bradshaw—both are shorter backs with speed and quickness. Both can take hits and run between tackles.

    The Giants would have been better off adding a bigger, more powerful runner in a later round, such as Temple’s Bernard Pierce or Cincinnati’s Isaiah Pead.

    Nonetheless, Wilson was the most talented running back on the board. He should end up being an asset to their offense.

    Randle is a good replacement for Mario Manningham, the team’s third receiver last season. He left for the 49ers as a free agent.

    Adding a tight end in Robinson was a good move with Jake Ballard potentially missing the 2012 season, while they added much-needed reinforcement to the offensive line with Mosley and McCants.

    Having lost Aaron Ross via free agency, adding another cornerback in Hosley made sense. The Giants were also thin on depth at defensive tackle, and they added a player who can help them in Kuhn.

    One area that the Giants did not address in the draft was linebacker, but they traded for a potential playmaker in Keith Rivers prior to the draft. They also drafted players throughout who made sense at positions where another player was needed.

Conclusion

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    The Giants did a good job of combining value with needs in this draft, picking quality talent in each round while upgrading in weak areas of their roster.

    David Wilson may not have been the best fit for the team at running back. The Giants should have passed upon him to select one of two fantastic offensive line talents still available in Georgia’s Cordy Glenn or Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.

    That said, Wilson should help their offense. As will many of the other players they drafted, including Rueben Randle and Brandon Mosley.

    The Giants got good value in Jayron Hosley. They did a good job of replacing the voids that came up due to free agent departures, most notably by selecting Randle to replace Manningham.

    The Giants may not have had any picks that really stand out, but they brought in a very solid draft class that should play a big role in the team’s effort to defend its NFL title.

    Grade: B+

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