Now that the 2010 NFL Combine is in the books, it is time to reevaluate the players and see who has improved or hurt their draft stock.
I will do one more installment of this article, possibly two, before April's draft.
This article is bound to change after tonight's free agency hits as the Giants are looking to be major players in the market.
I still am content with the Giants taking Price after this week's combine. He is the most athletic DT after Suh and McCoy and is the perfect fit next to Barry Cofield, who is more of a run stuffer.
Price had an astounding 53.5 tackles for loss from his sophomore to junior season.
He had 23.5 this year compared to Suh's 24.
Price is someone who would be a quick fix to an otherwise average secondary with his ability to push the pocket up the middle and make the defensive end's job much easier.
Other Possibilities: Dan Williams DT, Earl Thomas FS, Taylor Mays SS
Jamar Chaney had a great combine, notching a 4.51 40 time, which was the fastest of all linebackers. He also comes from the great SEC field of linebackers, and could be a cheaper, less red-flag-ie (I like to make up words) version of Brandon Spikes.
As a senior, Chaney had 90 tackles and 4.5 TFL.
Other Possibilities (especially if the Giants get Karlos Dansby): Nate Allen FS, Chad Jones S, Brandon Spikes ILB
In my article about the combine, I mentioned how I hadn't see the combine dominated by anyone like Tate did. Here were his measurables, along with how they ranked among tailbacks.
40-yard Dash—4.43s (3rd)
Bench Press—26 reps (1st-T)
Vertical Leap—40.5" (2nd)
Broad Jump—10'4" (1st-T)
20-yard Shuffle—4.12 (2nd)
This is coming from a guy who went up against SEC defenses each weekend and succeeded; you have to combine that with these measurables and instantly believe he will be a great pro player.
Other Possibilities: LaGarrette Blount RB, Javier Arenas CB, Toby Gerhart RB
Jerry impressed at the combine by running much faster than his projected speed. He may have solidified his position in the fourth round of the draft.
The Giants clearly lack depth on the offensive line and will more than likely spend 1-2 picks on linemen in the draft.
Something I've noticed is that GM Jerry Reese makes a point to keep a stud defensive line. They might have been so in 2009 had Osi not come back so poorly from the surgery and Tuck not been hurt in Game Two on a dirty play by Flozell Adams.
Also, Chris Canty being hurt basically all year and not playing until late in the season didn't help.
Bottom line: Osi wants out and the Giants will respond by adding depth.
Te'o-Nesheim impressed at the combine and is slowly creeping up draft boards. His 4.72 40 time will impress most scouts, and his on-field production isn't exactly unworthy of the selection.
He had eight or more sacks in every season he started. Add 3-4 games as per the NFL season and that translates to double digits.
Other Possibilites: Sam Young OT, Rennie Curran, OLB, Jeff Byers OG
Hold on a minute before you go kill me in the comments, considering the Giants WR corps was probably their only strength this year.
Scott Long absolutely destroyed at the combine, yet is still projected in the later rounds. This probably has to do with the sheer lack of numbers and film to prove he is pro-ready. This is a project pick.
Our wide receivers coach is a stud who made an average group into a great asset. With Long's speed, strength, and size (6'2'', 216 lbs), he is very raw and can be coached up into a great pro.
Think Marques Colston but at a Big East school where his talents weren't utilized.
Other Possibilities: Keaton Kristick OLB, Eric Cook C, Trindon Holliday PR/WR
This is no different from my post-Senior Bowl edition. I still believe the Giants will not take the normal route, which is to let the draft play out and sign a guy off free agency. Boone is the best punter in the draft, and the Giants are very keen on field position.
Tom Coughlin's philosophy has so much to do with field position that I doubt they will pass up this option if Feagles retires or moves on.
Other possibilities: Leigh Tiffin K, Zoltan Mesko P and Phillip Dillard ILB.