Projecting the Impact for Each New York Giants' 2013 Selection
Projecting the future impact that each 2013 draft pick of the New York Giants will have boils down to two things—execution and health.
Assuming injury-free futures for Justin Pugh, Johnathan Hankins, Damontre Moore, Ryan Nassib, Cooper Taylor, Eric Herman and Michael Cox, let's kick off a fair debate of what each man should bring to Big Blue this season and beyond.
Justin Pugh, OL
The New York Giants addressed one of their biggest needs heading into the 2013 NFL draft when they snagged Justin Pugh—an offensive lineman.
The offensive line got old in front of fans' eyes last season. The infusion of Pugh's youth and versatility is exciting and promising.
People got a glimpse into the 22-year-old's personality on draft night when he received the call that the G-Men were drafting him No. 19 overall.
Pugh is a blue-collar, hard-nosed guy who will play until the end of the whistle on every down and will also likely be the successor to David Diehl.
If Pugh is as advertised, Giants fans are looking at a tackle who will be protecting Eli for the remainder of his career.
Johnathan Hankins, DT
Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins should help bolster Big Blue's depth of run-stoppers—another much-needed area of improvement.
The 21-year-old is said to relish "doing the dirty work inside," according to New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross (h/t Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News), which bodes well for Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul rebounding in 2013.
There's a lot riding on Hankins having an immediate impact, but that's why the general manger picked him 49th overall.
Expect Hankins to have a strong influence on the vaunted defensive line of the Giants.
Damontre Moore, DE
Is Damontre Moore the bookend defensive end to Jason Pierre-Paul?
Well, that's what Jerry Reese and the New York Giants hope. That's why they picked him 81st overall.
Moore is only 20 years old, but his 12.5 sacks last season was too enticing for the Giants to pass on.
The downside to Moore is that his 4.95 40-yard dash time isn't reflective of an elite pass-rusher.
He is far from a sure thing, but hopefully, he can learn from Justin Tuck and Pierre-Paul while showcasing his raw abilities from time to time.
Don't expect much in 2013 from the youngster, as the Giants hope that Moore won't make them regret drafting him.
Ryan Nassib, QB
Fortunately, the G-Men have no concerns at the quarterback position, thanks to Eli Manning's 135 consecutive games played, but it's never too early to start grooming one.
Enter Ryan Nassib.
ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian loved the pick of Nassib by the Giants and explained why.
By Nassib's third year in the pros, Manning will be 35, an age at which statistics have shown QBs usually start to break down physically. Their skills may not have diminished, but the accumulation of the punishment they've endured starts to take its toll and injury becomes far more common.
By the time that starts to impact Eli, Nassib should be experienced to the point where the Giants will feel comfortable inserting him into a game and still feeling they have better than a 50-percent chance to win.
For the purposes of this article, Nassib will have the least impact in 2013, but his value could start to potentially pay off 10-fold in a few years.
Cooper Taylor, S
Cooper Taylor is literally huge, but his impact on the New York Giants' secondary in 2013 could be rather big as well.
This 6'4", 228-pound safety could be a perfect piece to the three-safety set that defensive coordinator Perry Fewell loves to use.
Taylor was diagnosed with abnormal electrical pathways in his heart a few years ago, but in his final 18 games in college, he registered 141 tackles and five picks.
If his health concerns are officially behind him, Taylor will give Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy, Will Hill and Stevie Brown some strong competition.
Taylor will leave his fingerprints on the 2013 season whether it be on special teams or in the secondary.
Eric Herman, OG
Eric Herman is a 6'4", 320-pound offensive guard out of Ohio and should serve as a quality backup to Chris Snee and Will Beatty in 2013.
He is fully equipped to play if either man happens to go down at any point.
Herman started all 13 games last season and was a big reason for why his Ohio Bobcats gained an average of 203.31 yards rushing.
His impact may not be felt immediately or often in 2013, but just knowing that the New York Giants have drafted more youth in the trenches is a big positive.
Michael Cox, RB
Michael Cox spent four years of relative inactivity in maize and blue with the Michigan Wolverines, and it wasn't until he transferred to the one-back offense of the UMass Minutemen where he showed off his running skills.
He gained 715 yards on 198 carries in all 12 games last season, and that was enough for Jerry Reese and the New York Giants to take notice and draft him with the second-to-last pick in this years' NFL draft.
Cox will battle it out with Da’Rel Scott and Ryan Torain, as David Wilson and Andre Brown will be the featured backs this coming season.
The G-Men selected Ahmad Bradshaw in the seventh round of the 2007 draft, and they are hoping to find that kind of lightening-in-a-bottle again with Cox.
Immediate impact from Cox is not likely, but as the season progresses, look for him to get a chance to step up.