When the New York Giant organization drafted Hakeem Nicks, there were many who thought that was a major, wasted pick. A third-round selection of Ramses Barden from Cal Poly seemed to solidify their cries.
Some of those want to be scouts had their own “mock draft." One would only imagine that if the Giants had one single intelligent brain in their whole administration, they would have sought out the advice of those people before going any further?
As for raining on a parade, the endless stories of trades for Boldin and Edwards still clamor, even when Giant GM Jerry Reese stated that he was content with Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon, Sinorice Moss, and Mario Manningham—who, with Nicks and Barden, point to the youth of this NY Giants team.
Indeed, Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin have more talent on their receiving corp than any team has a right to. But the Giants have established their right because they have methodically drafted some of the finest individual talent on the market for a few years now.
The Giants are not showing themselves to be in any hurry to play these ones either. As custom the Giants are allowing the youth to settle in and get acquainted with playbook, routes, and so on.
In that way, these kids will step up, and it appears that this is the year they will. Thus the reasoning behind the Giants professional judgment for these recent years will be evident.
The NY Giants' franchise stands by their selections, even when it seems ludicrous to do so. Case in point, Plaxico Burris—many teams would have traded him when he first drew negative energy towards the franchise, long before the notorious gunshot that has landed Burris in what seems to be the “trouble of his life.”
Still, the Giants were more than ready to salvage the wounded Burris's place with the Giants and as such, move on toward this '09 season.
Reese’s desire to help Plaxico stay with the organization was with the hope that the Burris legal issue would be dealt with honestly and quickly in the court.
Albeit, the attorneys for Plax apparently do not feel overly confident with the apparent outcome, as they postponed their last date with the court.
It was at that time Reese decided to add Burris to the list of the soon to be departed and start realistically planning for the newest additions via the draft.
No doubt the 2009 college draft was not the most grandiose. In fact, the pickings were not that awesome.
Yet the Giants seem to overshadow most others by filling their needs with not just the best guy on the board but with players that were hand selected by the Giants to play a significant role in this season’s squad.
Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden are two “Giant” picks. Both Nicks and Barden are extreme talents and were potential hopefuls come true for this draft.
These two add to the wealth of receiving talent the Giants already own and are positive proof that the NFC‘s NY Giants are a positive force now and for many years to come.
Another receiving selection for the Giants was third-rounder Travis Beckum a tight end from Wisconsin. Beckum is small for a tight end and showed his senior year to be fragile—sustaining two hamstring injuries one after the other and a season ending break.
The Giants have a slew of super wide outs already and sufficient tight ends that have size, blocking ability, durability, and hands to get the job done.
Leading that group is Kevin Boss.
Those backing up Boss, if you will, are Michael Matthews and Darcy Johnson, with Martrez Milner and mammoth Lee Vickers pushing for any spot. It seems odd that Beckum would make this Giants team. But should he, that will be another story
Originally posted May 10, 2009 by Lace Banachek at www.blognyg.com