The Giants have some big shoes to fill now that Mario Manningham has bolted for the west coast. They gave themselves an extra option when they drafted Rueben Randle with the 63rd pick in the 2012 draft.
Randle was extremely underrated coming out of LSU because he did not have the gaudy numbers of a Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd, mostly due to LSU's run-first offense and sub-par quarterback play.
The reaction from Giants' brass is enough to make anyone excited about this kid. They believe he is NFL-ready and will make an impact from day one. Here is what Jerry Reese had to say:
He's NFL-ready—he runs the entire route tree. In this day and age in college football, it's all about the spread offense, and guys don't run the full tree. This kid runs the full tree. He kind of looks like a big, pro wide receiver out there with how he runs routes. I think he's going to be a quick fit into the offense with how he plays; he's big, he can post guys up. People mentioned Hakeem Nicks when we talked about him in our room. He's not blazing fast; I don't think Hakeem is blazing fast either. He's game fast and he's bigger than Hakeem - very good hands, ball skills. A talented football player.
That's some high praise to be compared to Nicks, who has emerged as a top-10 wide receiver in the game. If Randle learns the offense quickly, the sky is the limit.