Giants Snag Strong Draft Class in '09: Nicks, Sintim Among The Top Names

Jake D'AgostinoCorrespondent IMay 17, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 27:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the North Carolina Tar Heels runs with the ball 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 Giants made the most of their 2009 draft picks, filling many voids that they desperately needed to occupy. They were successful in gaining some depth at wide receiver, linebacker, and offensive tackle, among other positions at which they were ailing.

They selected quality players that all have a chance to become key contributors down the road. And some are likely to make an immediate impact.

First Round

29th Overall: Hakeem Nicks WR

College: North Carolina   Height: 6'1"   Weight: 212

Nicks is a junior receiver out of North Carolina who possesses tremendous upside. He is the school's all-time leading receiver, a goal it took him only three seasons to accomplish.

He has decent speed, but his size and strength are what set him apart. He is a fearless competitor that with great tackle-breaking ability, making him a dominant force on the field.

He has been compared to Michael Irvin and Anquan Boldin because of his physical style. His spectacular hands are also what makes him a standout prospect.

Basically what I'm saying is, the dude's a beast. He proved this in his showcase performance against West Virginia in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, when he had an amazing three touchdown affair that concluded his collegiate career.

He will have his work cut out for him with the release of starter Plaxico Burress and the decision not to re-sign long-time Giant great Amani Toomer.

Second Round

45th Overall: Clint Sintim OLB

College: Virginia  Height: 6'3"   Weight: 256

Sintim, who is a capable and competent linebacker, most likely will start at strong-side linebacker for the G-Men, although he his versatile enough to play inside or outside.

He is an all-around gifted and talented athlete—except for his marginal speed. But what he lacks in quickness is made up for with his great strength and size. His tackling ability will make him a recognizable name for years to come.

The only doubts as far as his play is concerned are his ability in coverage and his speed, but the Giants aren't letting this bother them. His intense play and admirable leadership qualities further add to his repertoire, only improving one of the league's most feared and indomitable defenses.

60th Overall: William Beatty OT

College: Connecticut   Height: 6'6"    Weight: 307

UConn standout William Beatty is an exceptional talent still in the making. His terrific size and strength make him an appealing selection.

The Giants have one of the league's best offensive lines, but Kareem McKenzie is proned to injury, and the former Husky will make an excellent option as his back-up.

He was a large part of running back Donald Brown's success, paving the path for one of the nation's elite runners. Still, Beatty has room for improvement, as he is still developing.

Whether it be pass or run blocking, he can handle it. Also, for a guy his size, he is very fluid in getting downfield to block and an all-around athlete. He also enjoys cooking, sewing, painting, and reading the Bible—but don't let this fool you, he is a fierce competitor and a wrecking ball on the field.

Third Round

85th Overall: Ramses Barden WR

College: Cal Poly   Height: 6'6"   Weight: 227

The Giants kept the trend of drafting big receivers going with the selction of Ramses Barden. At 227, Barden is an enormous receiver who is physical and capable of taking a hit or two.

Towering over cornerbacks, he has the ability to snag balls from great heights, and his usually consistent hands will make him a problem for opposing defenses. He is also an outstanding blocker.

Not only determined on the field, Barden is a role-model academically and as a citizen, as he has never had any character issues. He is an exceptional leader, even though he plays a position where most players are not.

While he reminds some of Plaxico Burress on the field, (certainly not off the field) fans are hoping that he will be erasing memories of the recently released receiver and make a better face for the franchise.

100th Overall: Travis Beckum TE

College: Wisconsin   Height: 6'3"   Weight: 243

Beckum is more of a receiving threat than a blocker. He is has excellent hands and body control. A smooth and fluid runner, Beckum looks to slip into the mix with Kevin Boss.

He was very productive in college. Also, the ex-Badger is considered a hard-runner and has the ability to slip defenders. Extremely confident, Beckum will be a reliable option for Eli Manning and has the potential to crack the Giants line-up.

Fourth Round

129th Overall: Andre Brown RB

College: North Carolina State   Height: 6'0"   Weight: 224

Brown has excellent speed and is a punishing runner, which fits the Giants style perfectly. He will have to fight to get into the rotation, with Brandon Jacobs starting and Ahmad Bradshaw likely to spell him.

The Giants' decision not to re-sign standout back-up Derrick Ward may make fans cringe, but it opens up the door for Brown. He will have to compete with Danny Ware for the third spot in the Giants' three-headed monster.

Brown's ability as a receiver will help him greatly, as Derrick Ward was the Giants primary receiver out of the backfield. His strong will and fearlessness when making contact are what make him a steal at this point in the draft.

Fifth Round

151st Overall: Rhett Bomar QB

College: Sam Houston State   Height: 6'2"   Weight 220

A former Sooner, Bomar was kicked off the team in 2006 for accepting more money than he had worked for at a car dealership. Transferring to Sam Houston State, he was an elite performer.

He is a thick quarterback with a very strong arm. Strong under pressure and mechanically sound, this kid can play.

But can he stay out of trouble off the field? Will he be able to compete with David Carr and Andre' Woodson for the Giants back-up role? One thing the G-Men aren't questioning is his on-field leadership.

He will have to prove that he is both a quality player in the pros and that he has matured since his last incident in order to keep his roster spot with the Giants.

Sixth Round

200th Overall: DeAndre Wright CB

College: New Mexico   Height: 5'11"   Weight: 198

Wright is a versatile cornerback who can also play free safety. He has good hands and can steal a few passes from his opponents.

The former Lobo is a reliable, physical tackler and is not afraid to get into the action. He is instinctual and has a real football mindset.

Injuries aren't enough to take this guy off the field, as he is known for playing through anything. He has a chance to turn into a young and thin rotation at cornerback.

Seventh Round

238th Overall: Stoney Woodson

College: South Carolina   Height: 5'11" Weight: 197

Woodson was the second cornerback in a row to be selected by the Giants, and his size is strikingly similar that of DeAndre Wright.

He is instinctive and an intelligent player. He can play safety or cornerback and knows his assignments and how to carry them out. Also, when makes an interception, he is set on bringing it back for six.

His situation is very similar to Wright's, and he will need to perform well in camp to get any kind of playing time.

Wrap up

So there you have it. It looks like another pretty productive draft for the Giants, especially when you take into account where they picked in each round. These rookies will have to work if they want a chance to contribute.


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