With their final three selections in the draft, the Giants took Richmond safety Cooper Taylor, Ohio guard Eric Herman and UMass running back Michael Cox. Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York sees the upside in all three late-round prospects, grading the selections B, B- and C+, respectively.
Youngmisuk believes Taylor is large enough to step in at outside linebacker as well as safety, bolstering one of the team’s most deflated units. He also described Herman as a “tough, physical and nasty” lineman, and praised Cox’s size, speed and catching ability, claiming that he will compete for a roster spot with Ryan Torain and Da’Rel Scott.
My take: The Giants brought in intriguing prospects with each of their final three selections of the draft, but it definitely hurts that none of them are cornerbacks or linebackers, the team’s two biggest needs. If Taylor ends up being effective as both a safety and linebacker, that will ease some of the pain. Taylor, however, will be making a huge jump from Richmond Spiders to the New York Giants in 2013.
Herman’s athletic ability is nothing to marvel over. At Ohio, he found a way to take his man out of the play, usually by putting him on the ground. The Giants may be enamored by his nasty attitude, but that won’t be nearly enough to put NFL defenders on their butts. Herman will need drastic improvement to see the field.
The film on Cox is sparse, as he only recorded less than 1,000 rushing yards over the course of his career at UMass and Michigan. Andre Brown, New York’s short-yardage specialist, is injury prone, so the 214-pounder could gain an opportunity in 2013 to become the team’s next bruiser.