2011 NFL Draft Grades: New York Giants Day 3 Report Card
The New York Giants entered Day 3 with five picks, and did very well in terms of adding depth, which is what you usually want to accomplish in these rounds.
They finally addressed what everyone considered to be their biggest needs, though some will not like how long they waited to do it.
That said, the guys they got at the position they got them at were all great value. Let's take a look at their grades.
Round 4, Pick 117 Overall: James Brewer OT, Indiana
Ok, so maybe the Giants did not draft an offensive tackle as early as some of you may have liked, but they got a very talented player when they waited for Indiana's James Brewer.
Although he played right tackle in college, that was mainly due to them having Roger Saffold at left tackle prior to the 2010 season. Saffold was drafted in the second round last year by the Rams.
Brewer is a dominant pass blocker; he allowed only two sacks as a senior and has the athleticism to handle all the speed pass-rushers. He played very well against Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan, who just so happened to be a first-round pick this year.
He can make the transition to left tackle or play right tackle, depending on where the Giants feel most comfortable with Will Beatty moving forward.
This year, he will add depth at a key position, if he impresses in camp, the Giants could slide David Diehl inside and start Brewer, though I really don't see that happening.
However, if the Giants suffer injuries to their offensive line again they definitely have a nice back up plan.
"There are some guys who are not even really great athletes but can still play on the left side," GM Jerry Reese said. "Guys just know how to make their set and know who their opponents are, and you can get away without a great athlete on the left side. You'd like for the guy to be a dynamic athlete on the left, but that's not always the case. You see some very good players out there playing left tackle that are not dynamic athletes. But this guy's a dynamic athlete."
"The thing about these guys who we call late bloomers, if they're not competitive you tend to shy away from them a little bit. But this guy is very competitive; he really wants to do it. We did all the interview stuff with him—'Do you want to play football?' He convinced us that he did."
Remember, David Diehl was a fifth-round pick, and he's been a terrific left tackle; you don't always have to invest first and second-round picks to build your offensive line.
Round 6, Pick 185 Overall: Greg Jones LB, Michigan State
The Giants waited until the sixth round to address the linebacker position but got an incredibly talented player in doing so.
I know it's the sixth round, but this guy seemingly fell to the Giants for no real reason. Teams may shy away from him because he is a bit undersized, but in terms of production, his numbers are off the charts.
He had 464 tackle and 16 sacks in his four-year career, making All-Big Ten three times and first team All-American twice.
Say what you want about the guy's size, he can play.
"To get a guy this productive this late " Marc Ross, director of college scouting said. "three-time All-Big Ten, tons of tackles, sacks, tackles for loss, instinctive, plays hard, gets to the football, he's short but he's compact, thickly built, he's just a football player."
Jones' best season came in 2009, when he racked up 154 tackles and nine sacks. He can move to the strong side LB spot if the Giants aren't comfortable with either Sintim or Dillard at that spot.
The Giants got a steal at this point in my opinion.
Round 6, Pick 198 Overall: Tyler Sash SS, Iowa
Let me just set the record straight, this wasn't that bad of a pick just looking at it, but with TE Virgil Green and OLB Ross Homan sitting there, I was left scratching my head.
For the first time so far, I actually don't like a pick by Reese.
He isn't the best athlete, but he has a high football I.Q. and is a high motor guy. He was a vocal leader for that Iowa defense; he could be a backup strong safety for the Giants but is guaranteed to help in special teams right away.
"He just has a knack for getting around the football," Ross said. "At Iowa, they played him everywhere they played him back, they played him close, they played him over the slot, and he can handle all of that. He sets the coverages, he'll line up your whole defense for you. Those are the things you really like about him.
"Although his skill set for us might translate more to a box guy, there they played him everywhere and he got to the football."
While I agree, I'm not sure he has a place on this defense, he'll just be a special teams player. With the other options, I question the selection.
Round 6, Pick 202 Overall: Jacquian Williams LB, South Florida
This was a pick made purely based on the upside that Williams has as an athlete. He played linebacker in college and has tremendous speed for the position.
Though again I question the pick due to the nature of it—it was a reach—and the available players. I would have been much happier if the Giants took Virgil Green or QB Greg McElroy.
Again, Williams will be an instant help on special teams with his high work ethic, speed and athleticism, but I don't see where his place on the defense is.
"As a football player, he plays with good instincts," Ross said. "He's good in the classroom. He won't be one of the best. But on the field, he plays with good feel for the game. He plays with an edge, more of a run-and-chase kind of guy who plays hard, flies around and likes to hit."
All that cries out special teams player.
Round 7: Pick 221 Overall: Da'Rel Scott RB, Maryland
I really liked this pick, much better than the last two. Da'Rel Scott doesn't have the incredible numbers that most of the backs taken before him do, but that was mainly because Maryland used a running back by committee system.
He is very explosive and can get to the edge quickly. He can be a threat for the Giants out of the backfield in the passing attack; neither Ahmad Bradshaw nor Brandon Jacobs had a receiving touchdown last year.
I love his home run threat ability too, he ran a 4.34 at the combine—the fastest of all the running backs. In his last game in college, he broke for touchdown runs of 61 and 91 and finished with a 200 yard performance.
Although he only had 708 yards, he ran at a 5.8 yard per carry clip. When he was the sole ball carrier in 2008 he had 1,122 yards and eight touchdowns.
He fell so far in the draft because of the fact that he shared the load and was not required to pass block, but the Giants are looking for exactly what he brings to the table, so it is a perfect fit.