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RB Andre Williams, Boston College
Rob Rang, a draft analyst for CBSSports.com, gave the Giants a B-, which is a slightly lower grade than the ones Kiper, Edholm and Farrar each doled out.
Comparing New York's draft to those of its NFC East rivals, the Giants graded out higher than the Redskins (C+), but lower than the Cowboys (B) and Eagles (B+).
Rang again praises the first two picks as ones to boost Manning's production before breaking down the back half of the Giants' 2014 draft:
The Giants started off their 2014 class with a surprise in playmaker Odell Beckham and the year's top center in Weston Richburg, each of whom should be able to help Eli Manning return to form. Three of their next four picks were spent on instinctive, passionate defenders with underrated athleticism in defensive tackle Jay Bromley, safety Nat Berhe and pass-rusher Devon Kennard. Running back Andre Williams is a no non-sense grinder who could give Tom Coughlin the featured back that David [Wilson] has failed thus far to become. Each of the four comes with question marks, however, as Bromley and Berhe lack ideal size, Williams has only average top-end speed (despite a solid 40-yard dash time) and Kennard has struggled with durability. Other than Beckham, this wasn't a flashy draft for the Giants with some luck it could be very effective in restoring Big Blue pride.
One draftee Rang points out as having starting potential is Boston College running back Andre Williams, drafted in the fourth round (113th overall).
Barring injury, I think Rashad Jennings is New York's featured running back in 2014, but Williams may be too impressive a runner to ignore. A finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2013, Williams will be a tough player to keep on the bench as a pro.
The selection of Williams—if not the signing of Jennings—marked the failed implementation of David Wilson, a 2012 first-rounder, as the Giants' featured running back.
Considering the hype that once surrounded Wilson, this new direction at running back is particularly disappointing.
Yet, I find it equally exciting. Now, Wilson, an uncertainty to begin with, bears no more responsibility than a change-of-pace back. This role, however, may better suit his skill set than that of a featured back.
Last year, running back may have been the team's weakest unit. Jennings, Williams and a healthy Wilson would make for a much-improved contingent in 2014.