New York Giants 2013 Draft: The Good and the Bad
The 2013 NFL draft is over, and the New York Giants have added seven new players: four on offense and three on defense. With Tom Coughlin's 2013 roster starting to come together, here's our first full breakdown of what Big Blue did at Radio City Music Hall during the last three days.
Round 1 (19): Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
Round 2 (49): Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Round 3 (81): Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Round 4 (110): Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Round 5 (152): Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond
Round 7 (225): Eric Herman, G, Ohio
Round 7 (253): Michael Cox, RB, Massachusetts
Best pick: Damontre Moore
Three months ago, Moore was looking like a potential first-round target for the Giants. Character concerns and some rough workouts hurt his stock, but his game tape indicates he has a Pro Bowl ceiling. Yes, there's a chance he fizzles, which is why so many teams passed, but he's in the right locker room and the right system. I expect Moore to make an impact quickly as part of the end rotation in New York.
Other picks I liked: Johnathan Hankins, Cooper Taylor
How would you grade New York's draft?
Hankins is a monster who should be able to replace Cullen Jenkins in no time and make significant contributions in run defense. He reminds me of Fred Robbins.
The versatile Taylor could be a candidate to get some looks at linebacker, but he'll have a chance to compete with Stevie Brown and Ryan Mundy this summer.
Worst pick: Justin Pugh
I don't think Pugh is a bad addition by any means. He makes the line deeper, and he's versatile enough to make an impact anywhere on the line. My issue is where he was selected. I don't think a short-armed offensive lineman with an injury history is worthy of being a top-20 pick. There were some intriguing cornerbacks, safeties and pass-rushers available at No. 19.
At least Pugh gave us one of the funniest videos from draft weekend.
Other pick I didn't like: Ryan Nassib
I understand the need to have an insurance policy at quarterback, but this team has too many holes to throw away two mid-round picks in order to add a guy like Nassib, regardless of how much value the Giants got in the fourth round.
Left to address: Defensive end, linebacker, cornerback
The offense is set, especially with a shiny new backup quarterback, but the Giants didn't do enough to address the lack of depth and overall talent on defense. I expected New York to take at least one linebacker and one cornerback.
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