2011 NFL Draft Grades: Report Card for the New York Giants Entire Draft

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Report Card for the New York Giants Entire Draft
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Well since I graded each pick individually, I thought I would now finally compile the entire draft and give it an overall grade.

First, I will recall each pick and give them an individual grade (it will look familiar), then talk about the draft as a whole and what it means for the Giants moving forward.

To some, this draft was not popular because once again, Jerry Reese did not draft a playmaking linebacker with any of the first picks in the draft. I'll admit I was surprised the Giants did not take Mason Foster in Round 3—the Bucs took him right after the Giants picked Jerrel Jernigan.

However, after watching some of Jernigan's highlights, I can see why the Giants were in love with him, and also why many projected him as a second-round pick.

The Giants went with value in the first three rounds; both Mike Pouncey and Nate Solder were off the board in round one, and draft day inside sources claimed the Giants were actually only targeting those two at the No. 19 pick and not Castonzo like many indicated.

In Round 2, Bruce Carter and Akeem Ayers were taken before the Giants had a chance at them, you could argue they should have traded up for them, but it would have cost them a 2012 first rounder to do so.

In Round 3, several of the linebackers that the Giants may have taken were all gone by their pick, and the only offensive lineman taken in the round was Joseph Barksdale, in whom the Giants did not show interest.

They got value out of many of their picks, while they made a couple questionable selections, several of them will contribute right away

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