NFL Draft Grades 2010: The Full New York Giants Report Card
This was a very interesting draft for the Giants.
Frankly, I am still surprised that not a single running back was drafted by the G-Men in a draft so deep in that position.
Regardless, here is a comprehensive report card for the Giants 2010 Draft, with each draftee getting a grade.
In the end, we will tally up the numbers to see how the Giants fared.
Ok, lets go.
Round 1: Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, South Florida)
GRADE: B- (81/100)
At this point in the draft, LB Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri) was available, as well as DT Dan Williams (Tennessee).
I was shocked at picking at the Giants picking JPP so early, as he has only started for a year at South Florida.
He does have a great burst though, and will take some time to get used to the huge OT's in the NFL since his weight at the moment (270 pounds) just ain't gonna cut it.
JPP does have immense potential, and his ability to do back-flips can come in handy as a signature sack dance.
Round 2: Linval Joseph (DT, East Carolina)
GRADE: A (91/100)
I love this pick.
Joseph is 6'4" and and 328 pounds, and can eat up space on the D-Line.
He is a classic nose tackle, and makes we wonder whether the Giants are switching to the 3-4 defense.
I thought Joseph was going to be a late first-rounder, but he fell right to us and was definitely worth it.
DT was a clear need for the G-Men, and this pick addressed it completely.
Round 3: Chad Jones (Safety, LSU)
Grade: B (84/100)
Now this pick made a decent amount of sense.
Jones is a great player, and was probably the best available at the point.
He is a ball-hawk safety who obviously will not play if Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle are healthy. Not to mention Deon Grant.
Since safety was a dismal position for the Giants last year, this was a decent move by Reese.
Expect Jones to start making contributions after his rookie year.
Round 4: Phillip Dillard (Linebacker, Nebraska)
Grade: C- (71/100)
Why so low a grade?
Well, how can you address your most glaring need in the fourth round?
Dillard is a strong player, but I do not see the potential to be a first-year starter, Jonathan Goff is better and more experienced at the moment.
Perhaps Reese saw something in this guy that I didn't, but Sean Lee (Penn State) and Pat Angerer (Iowa) were both available the second when the Giants picked, linebacker could have been addressed earlier if the Giants had traded up after getting Joseph.
Round 5: Mitch Petrus (OG, Arkansas)
Grade: A+ (97/100)
Finally, the first pick on offense!!
This was in my mind the gem of the draft for the Giants.
Petrus is 6'3 and 310 pounds, and was a top performer at the Combine.
Strange how he fell, but he is a great interior lineman having blocked for Darren McFadden and Felix Jones at Arkansas, who both passed the 1000 yard mark in 2007.
This was a fantastic selection for the Giants, and helps them solidify their run game.
Now if they only had drafted a new running back....
Round 6: Adrian Tracy (DE, William & Mary)
Grade: B- (80/100)
Talented, thats the word that comes to mind when I think of Tracy.
At 6'3 and 248 pounds, he lacks the size to truly dominate at the edge, but nonetheless, this is a solid pick for the Giants.
He will serve as a good backup to Pierre-Paul, and will have very little playing time in his first year.
I can see him improving and perhaps being a starter in a year or two.
Round 7: Matt Dodge (Punter, East Carolina)
Grade: B (84/100)
At least we give Linval Joseph his teammate to hang out with.
Punter was a concern with the Giants last year, and Feagles is starting to get seriously old.
We needed some fresh legs at the position, so this was a good pick in the last round.
So I added up all the grades, and we get 588/700 = 84%.
That's a grade of a B, which I think is decent for the Giants in the 2010 Draft.
It was not a bad draft for the G-Men, but it wasn't great either.
Five out of the seven picks addressed defense, which was relatively obvious given the state of the defense last year.
Expect the Giants to be active in free agency this year to pick up some more options for their run game, which still leaves a lot to be desired with Jacobs having lost some steam.