We start with the picks we liked...
Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State (2nd, 43rd overall)
I think any time you can get a potential first-year starter at a position of need with the the 43rd overall pick, you’ve done well.
A lot of people wanted the Giants to focus on offensive tackles in this draft, but they spent a top pick on Justin Pugh last year and added the versatile Geoff Schwartz in free agency. Plus, they’d be silly to give up on the highly-paid Will Beatty this quickly.
With that in mind, center was a good spot to go. Richburg is on the small side, but he’s strong in pass protection, which is huge considering the pressure Eli Manning faced last season.
So while we might have preferred to see the G-Men use one of their first two picks on a defensive lineman, this is a pick that could pay off big time right off the bat.
Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse (3rd, 74th overall)
The Giants had to address the defensive line with their third pick, and Bromley is a nice addition. He can get that all-important pressure up the middle, which could make life a lot easier on Jason Pierre-Paul and Damontre Moore.
Bromley is a perfect fit for this defense because he’s also the type of 3-technique tackle who can work with last year’s second-round defensive tackle, Johnathan Hankins.
Did Bromley go a bit early? Maybe. Some, including NFL.com’s Nolan Nawrocki and B/R’s Matt Miller, had him pegged as a fourth- or fifth-round pick. But he’s a great fit, and you know they like Syracuse kids. We’re cool with this pick.
Andre Williams, RB, Boston College (4th, 113th overall)
This guy is the perfect Tom Coughlin pick. He comes from a program Coughlin used to run at BC and he’s a model citizen off the field. Plus, he’s an ideal complementary back, or at least someone who could excel alongside someone like David Wilson or Rashad Jennings.
He was also a Heisman candidate in 2013 and was projected by many experts to go in Round 2 or 3. This appears to be an absolute steal.
Don’t be surprised if Williams makes Giants fans forget about Wilson early in 2014, because a major difference between those two is that the tough Williams is considered to be a strong pass-blocker.
Devon Kennard, OLB, USC (5th, 174th overall)
It’s always good to grab versatile guys late, and Kennard has the ability to line up as either an outside linebacker of a defensive end. He had nine sacks as a senior in the Pac-12, so I’d call that a solid addition considering how badly the Giants need to bolster the pass rush.
Another experienced former team captain, he’s an ideal fit on and off the field who could earn some reps this season in place of Spencer Paysinger, Jacquian Williams or Jameel McClain.