With less than a week until the first selection is made in the NFL Draft, the New York Giants are finishing up their preparations, and the picture that is their draft plan is coming into focus.
In the past few weeks, New York has brought the following players to Giants Stadium for a look-see.
CB Vince Anderson: Webber International (Fla.)
WR Ramses Barden: Cal Poly
WR Maurice Covington: Virginia
DE Larry English: Northern Illinois
WR Johnny Knox: Abilene Christian
LB Tyrone McKenzie: South Florida
DE Everette Pedescleaux: Northern Iowa
LB Clint Sintim: Virginia
LB Spencer Adkins: Mia. (Fla.)
TE Travis Beckum: Wisconsin
TE Carson Butler: Michigan
WR Dobson Collins: Gardner-Webb
OT Xavier Fulton: Illinois
LB Kenny Mainor: Troy
RB LeSean McCoy: Pitt
WR Kenny Britt: Rutgers
TE Kevin Brock: Rutgers
DB/KR Michael Ray Garvin: Florida State University
Now, in Jerry Reese’s tenure as general manager, he has yet to draft a player in round one whom he also brought in for a visit. Nonetheless, there are some very intriguing names on the list.
If I were a betting man, I would wager that the proverbial first round selection will be dealt to the Cleveland Browns as part of a deal for Braylon Edwards. That still leaves New York with a duet of second and third round selections.
A number of the players New York has brought in are projected to come off the board in those rounds.
Scouting Reports and Analysis
During his visit with New York, Sintim reportedly enjoyed the presence of Tom Coughlin, as well as the rest of the coaching staff, and his overall visit went extremely well.
Sintim played on the outside as a 3-4 linebacker in Virginia’s system, but he projects very well on the strong side in a 4-3 or even in the middle.
His strength lies in his physicality—he takes on blocks very well, works well in traffic, and has a non-stop motor. He can struggle in space at times, but he makes up for that with incredible pass rush skills. His intensity and physicality are exactly what New York is looking for in their linebacking corps.
Lastly, Tom Coughlin and Virginia head coach Al Groh go way back in their friendship.
If available, I fully expect Sintim to be New York’s selection with their first second round pick.
From what I understand, wide receivers coach Mike Sullivan is in love with this guy, and understandably so; he stands 6’6” and set just about every NCAA receiving record there is.
While he did that against some weaker competition at Cal Poly, so did Terrell Owens, who attended Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Jerry Rice, who attended Mississippi Valley State. Respectively, those two are the top two receivers of all time statistically; sometimes there are just can't-miss prospects regardless of where they hail from. I believe Barden is one of them.
Regardless of whether or not New York gets Braylon Edwards, I do expect them to think hard about Barden if he is sitting there in round three.
Nicknamed “shady,” McCoy was one of the best running backs in the country during the 2008 season. During his time at Pittsburgh, he showed the ability to be an every down back, as he carried the load both in between the tackles and catching the ball out of the backfield.
McCoy is a very tough runner to bring down, as he shows fight until the whistle is blown on every play. What makes him so dangerous, though, are his incredible open field moves. Not only does he pack a punch, but McCoy can also make the best of them miss in the open field.
Despite seemingly being loaded at running back, I believe that McCoy would be a great selection for the Giants in round two (with the later pick). Ahmad Bradshaw had an amazing postseason run in 2007, but reportedly gained weight and could not overcome fumbling issues in 2008. With Brandon Jacobs needing good relief, McCoy is the man for the job.
English, a defensive end in college, has some of the best pass rush moves in the entire nation and proved it with multiple double-digit sack seasons at NIU. English projects as an outside linebacker in college, which may be why New York is looking at him.
Though he isn’t as tough at the line of scrimmage as Sintim, great pass rushers always catch New York’s eye.
If Sintim is off the board but English isn’t, I expect New York to make a move.
McKenzie is a pure, tough, run-and-chase linebacker who has a real nose for the ball. Much like Brandon Jacobs, he bounced around from school to school and thus flew under the radar, but he certainly has the skills to get it done in this league.
If New York has yet to go linebacker when the third round rolls around, this diamond in the rough will undoubtedly be their selection. Make no mistake, McKenzie can play.
Before 2008, Fulton played defensive line but then moved to offense, where he really found his game. He is a very raw talent and has a lot of upside. Offensive line is a bigger issue with New York than some believe, as the depth in that area is horrid. Don’t be surprised if New York spends a day one selection on a lineman.
With their first three selections, I see the Giants either dealing for or selecting a receiver, then taking a linebacker or offensive lineman. Running back and safety are also possibilities, but it is simply a matter of where the value lies.
New York doesn't exactly have a boatload of needs come draft day, so if a stud player falls into their laps, regardless of position, New York will be taking a long look at them.
The remainder of the players who visited New York (other than well-documented receiver Kenny Britt) are late round or undrafted free agent possibilities. Several of the names above should don blue in 2009. All one can do now is wait.
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