As the 2009 NFL Draft approaches, everyone is focused on where the holes on The Giant’s roster are, and assessing how they can be filled through this coming April. When assessing the roster though, one must be careful not to overlook certain diamonds in the rough.
While many fans dismiss players who did not see significant time the previous year, the front office never values prospective draft picks over players which they have already invested draft picks and money in, regardless of what round they were selected.
For example, many fans project Hakeem Nicks or Kenny Britt as the savior of The Giants receiver situation. In the meantime, they play down the current Giant receivers who admittedly struggled down the stretch last season, but are in the process of developing.
Kenny Britt and Hakeem Nicks are very strong prospects, but as commodities on an NFL roster, what do they bring to the table that Mario Manningham and Domenik Hixon do not? They are young players with great skill sets who have the benefit of being on the Giants roster for some time already.
My goal here is not to downplay the skills of prospective receivers, but rather warm some sour fans up to some players who may be poised to have a breakout season in 2009.
When the Giants select in February, they will likely select the best player they can get, and when putting their draft board together, these players will be in the back of Big Blue’s mind.
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