If there is one thing the New York Giants have done exceptionally well over the last few years, it's been the draft.
Since 2002, Ernie Accorsi, and now Jerry Reese, have drafted several players who have contributed right away and have been impact players in the NFL (Jeremy Shockey, Osi Umenyiora, Chris Snee, Corey Webster, Justin Tuck, Brandon Jacobs, Steve Smith, Kenny Phillips and Hakeem Nicks, to name a few.)
The Giants have a pick in each round, that's seven picks. Any follower can expect the Giants to do some serious damage with those picks. Here are my thoughts on five potential picks that New York may make in the 2010 NFL Draft. (Subject to change after NFL Combine).
Lindley might fall to the second or third round because of an ankle injury this past season. The Giants should jump all over this.
He will need to put on a little weight, (6'0" 177lbs.) but that will come naturally once he hits the professional weight room. He is a great press coverage corner which fits the Giants defensive game plan perfectly. If Aaron Ross struggles through another season with his hamstring, Lindley could make a nice immediate impact as a dime corner.
McClain is a great linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. But would he be able to adapt to playing the middle of the 4-3?
He is a leader and a beast, something the Giants covet out of linebackers. Scouts are saying that he would be great in the 3-4 and could possibly play the strong side for a 4-3. The Giants may take a shot at him if he falls to 15, but there is some risk if they try and put him in the middle.
The New York Giants will not spend a first round pick on the offensive line. But in the second round there could be a great find in Sam Young. A four year starter at Notre Dame, Young is a house at 6'7" and 320lbs. He has played at both offensive tackles which is also a plus.
He could develop into a great young tackle while Kareem McKenzie's contract expires. Practicing against the likes of Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka will only make him better.
While Taylor Mays is the sexier pick, Earl Thomas is exactly what the Giants need at the safety position. He is a great ball hawking safety who is also a solid tackler. Thomas compiled 8 interceptions in his Sophomore year playing for the Number 2. ranked Longhorns. He also has a lot of upside.
Unless the Giants are already determined to sure up their linebackers, there is no way Jerry Reese should let this gem slip by if he declares for the draft.
For a lot of Giants fans, Brandon Spikes is the most coveted linebacker in the draft. And for good reason.
At 6'3" and 255 lbs., Spikes is the perfect size for the middle linebacker position. He is a solid tackler who wraps well and also can pop ball carriers.
The only knock on Spikes is his speed. He is somewhat slow with a 4.7 40 time. Spikes may be the next great Giants middle linebacker, if he falls to 15. If not should the Giants move up to grab him?