2009 Draft Evaluation: New York Giants

Michael SamuelSenior Analyst IApril 26, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 27:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the North Carolina Tar Heels catches a pass behind his back against  the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 27, 2008 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The 2009 draft for the New York Giants seemed to satisfy one obvious need in getting WR Hakeem Nicks in the first round, as well as WR Ramses Barden in the third round.

At pick No. 29, the Giants found the best player on the board as well as WR who can fill a need. 

My biggest question about this pick, though, is the Giants are now dealing with a receiving corps with no one has who has proven anything in the NFL level.

QB Eli Manning misses high a lot with his throw and Nicks is only 6'0 3/4 inches, so while people are anointing him the replacement of Plaxico Burress, they have to realize the height disparity between the two players. 

His lack of height, though, doesn't mean he can't become a dominant WR in the league for the next 10 years.  Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers stands at only 5'9 and there is no one around the NFL that thinks his height is an issue.

My issue with the draft has nothing to do with either of the two WR selected, but simply that Jerry Reese wouldn't part with a second-round pick and a player to get Anquan Boldin, a player who Hakeem Nicks could potentially turn into. 

The Giants need to sign a veteran WR such as Marvin Harrison in order to help these rookie WR develop.

Clint Sintim is going to be a Linebacker that could potentiall back up the aging Antonio Pierce at MLB or also step in at OLB.

This versatility to play multiple positions in multiple schemes is something that a GM in today's NFL covets. Recent linebackers drafted by the Giants have all made a contribution on Defense or Special Teams in their rookie year.

William Beatty is a smart pick for the Giants because they desperately needed to address the lack of Offensive Line depth.  While the Giants have a dominant line right now, but when LT David Diehl left the game against Dallas in Week 15, Kevin Boothe looked like he had never played OL in his life.

  Now David Diehl could eventually move back to his natural position of Guard and have Beatty develop into Eli Manning's blind side protector.

Ramses Barden will be a project but you have to love his dimensions (6'6, 229 lb).  In his rooke year he will probably be integrated into "The Green Zone" as Coach Coughlin refers to it.  The reason that K John Carney made the Pro Bowl last year was because the Giants often missed opportunities to score touchdowns and had to settle for field goals.  Giving Eli Manning a 6'6 WR makes it easy for him and Barden to play jump ball on a 5'10 cornerback. 

Travis Beckum who was taken with the 100th overall pick will be able to give Eli Manning a vertical target which will enable the big play offense.  Despite his poor blocking skills this will help the run game because opposing defenses will not always be able to place a safety in the box to stop the running game.

Andre Brown is a pick that was made because of the loss of RB Derek Ward to free agency.  Hopefully Brown can contribute as either the third RB or on special teams.

The pick of Rhett Bomar really is a head-scratcher.  The Giants have an able back up in David Carr who showed in Week 17 with the Vikings playing for a playoff spot that he is able to run the offense and distribute the ball. 

The Giants had also been grooming Andre Woodson who was a 6th round pick last year.  Taking another QB especially in the fifth round, in which the Giants have found players such as Kevin Boss in 2007 who can contribute right away doesn't come across as a smart move. 

Bomar was a top recruit when he entered Oklahoma for his freshman year, so the logic is that Jerry Reese took the best player on the board.

Deandre Wright was the only player of the draft picks that I have seen play live.  As a junior in 2007 he came to Arizona Stadium and defeated the Wildcats in a game in which he defended future 2009 fourth-round WR Mike Thomas as well as NFL prospect TE Rob Gronkowski. 

He should be able to compete for a roster spot as a special teamer and could be a work in progress.

Stoney Woodson is another pick that the only justification that I can make would be him being the best player on the board. 

The Giants are loaded with young talent at CB with Aaron Ross, Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas as well as Deandre Wright. 

The bottom line is that you can't evaluate a draft class as a whole for another 3-4 years to see how these players play at the NFL level.

Originally posted from blognyg.com