Evaluating the New York Giants' Draft Day One
As in past years, the New York Giants had a very successful Day One in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Jerry Reese worked his magic and from the blind eye and college highlights, all three selections look like they can contribute to the team this season.
New York drafted wide receiver Hakeem Nicks from North Carolina with the 29th overall pick in the first round. The Giants also added linebacker Clint Sintim from Virgina and offensive tackle William Beatty from Connecticut with their second round picks.
Hakeem Nicks is an outstanding athlete and can help out the Giant's receiver core immediately. With the lose of Plaxico Burress, Nicks might have to jump right into the number one spot and be quarterback Eli Manning's number one target.
Although his stock might have dropped during the draft process and he might have gained a few pounds, the 6'0'', 212 pound star should make an immediate impact for the Giants.
With the addition of Nicks, the Giant's wide receiver depth is much better and should make players like Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon better.
Just because all of Southern California's star linebackers all came out this year, does not mean you can forget about Clint Sintim.
Sintim put up some ridiculous numbers while at Virgina and was on the field for most of his career there. Listed at 6'2'', 249 pounds, Sintim is a big guy who can most likely play all three of the linebacker positions.
He should make a big impact on special teams and also get some valuable time on the defensive side of the ball behind Antonio Pierce, Danny Clark, and Michael Boley.
New York has had a solid offensive line for the past a couple of years now, but some of the guys up front are getting older.
William Beatty, who is listed at a massive 6'6", 307 pounds, can provide some excellent young play for the Giant's offensive line.
Even though Kareem McKenzie and David Diehl are still very good players, they are not getting any younger and Beatty can be right there to fill their shoes.
If Beatty does stick with the Giants, he will be able to learn a lot and be taught some good lessons from a very solid group of lineman.
Overall, the Giants had a very productive Day One of the Draft. Let's hope they continue this good fortune and draft some solid talent on Day Two in the later rounds.
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