New York Giants logoNew York Giants

Evaluating the New York Giants' Draft Day One

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 08:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates on the field during the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IApril 25, 2009

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.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices