In the third round of the 2009 draft the New York Giants traded up to select Ramses Barden, the wide receiver from Cal Poly. At 6-foot-6, 229 pounds Barden is by far the most physically imposing receiver in the 2009 draft.
Though he didn't play against the top college competition, Ramses proved in the postseason and at the combine that he was a top talent.
Even though smaller, faster cornerbacks may be greater athletes, Barden uses his strength and size to overpower them and catch the ball in coverage. This gives him a special advantage in the red-zone, where fade routes have always been a favorite of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
In college, Barden broke numerous school and Great Western Conference records. He broke Jerry Rice's old record of 26 games with a touchdown by scoring one in 32 games. He also joined Rice and David Ball as the only players in the NCAA Division 1-AA/FCS to catch more then 50 touchdowns in a career.
On top of that, Barden managed to string together a record-breaking 20 consecutive games with a scoring grab, breaking Jerry Rice's record of 17 in a row. He also became only the eighth player in the history of the FCS to have over 4,000 career receiving yards and averaged 20.4 yards per reception in that time.
Early in his career, Ramses established himself as a giant among men. After red-shirting in 2004, Barden went on to lead his team in receiving yards, as well as earning All-Great West Conference first-team honors. He also became a standout on special teams.
Barden started 43 of 46 games in his collegiate career at Cal Poly, 21 at "X" receiver and 22 at "Z" receiver.
It's not hard to see why my favorite team would trade up with the Eagles to grab this guy. He was a savage in college and, with the help of fellow draftee Hakeem Nicks, should help rejuvenate the New York Giant offense that saw us going 11-1 before a late season collapse.
Manning and Brandon Jacobs will both appreciate this guy's production on the field. Manning will have a tall receiver to replace his old buddy Burress while the eighth man in the box backs off, allowing Jacobs to once again chug up the middle.
2009 is looking like a promising season fellow fans.
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