2011 NFL Draft: Depth Chart Predictions for the New York Giants Draft Picks

Jeff ShullAnalyst IMay 4, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: Depth Chart Predictions for the New York Giants Draft Picks

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) poses for a photo with Prince Amukamara, #19 overall pick by the New York Giants, on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris
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    With the 2011 NFL draft in the books and the lockout now expected to last until at least June, the coaches will have a lot of time on their hands to project where each draft pick will fall on their depth chart come August.

    This article will take a look at what each player the New York Giants selected and where I expect them to end up on the depth chart by the end of the year. I won't take in to account injuries or anything like that, but I will make some decisions on the Giants free agents, as in if they will be back or not.

    Some of the Giants have been working out and running drills at a high school in New Jersey; hopefully more will start to show up and maybe even the draft picks can start getting acclimated to the new team.

    If they do, it would go a long way in showing the coaching staff their commitment to achieving success with the Giants.

Prince Amukamara CB, Nebraksa

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Prince Amukamara, #19 overall pick by the New York Giants, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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    As a general note, I feel like I'm expecting a lot more from Amukamara then most Giants fans. I wouldn't be surprised to see him take over one of the starting corner back spots by the time the season is ended.

    However, that is a lofty expectation. In a very real sense I feel like Amukamara is already better than Aaron Ross in terms of his coverage skills, but there are some things he will have to work on to to translate his game to the NFL.

    If training camp goes as planned, I feel like that will be the perfect time for him to show off his ability and cement his spot as the team's third corner back this season.

    Depth Chart Prediction:

    1. Corey Webster
    2. Terrell Thomas
    3. Prince Amukamara
    4. Aaron Ross
    5. Bruce Johnson

Marvin Austin DT, North Carolina

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 7:  Marvin Austin #9 of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on during the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Kenan Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Bold Prediction: Barry Cofield will leave the Giants and join the Denver Broncos.

    The more I think about it, the more this makes sense. As much as Cofield has done in terms of production for the Giants, I don't like his attitude throughout this off season process. He has stated publicly that he will not play this season under a contract tender, indicating he will either hold out or asked to be traded.

    The Giants will not tolerate either and will probably entertain offers for Cofield, or just let a team sign him and pick up their draft pick.

    The best destination for him I feel is the Denver Broncos; they are an AFC team and are switching to the 4-3 defense. They picked up a ton of playmakers in the draft but did not address the glaring need at defensive tackle.

    If this happens, it will be Marvin Austin's time to shine. I love his explosiveness and tenacity from the position, but I'm not sure he is the same run stuffer that Linval Joseph is. If Cofield leaves, Chris Canty and Joseph will start with Austin getting playing time pretty much the same as a starter.

    The Giants like to have their defensive line fresh.

    Depth Chart Prediction:

    1. Chris Canty
    2. Linval Joseph
    3. Marvin Austin
    4. Rocky Bernard

Jerrel Jernigan WR, Troy

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 18:  Jerrel Jernigan #3 of the Troy University Trojans scores a touchdown over Donovan Fletcher #29 of the Ohio University Bobcats during the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on December 18, 2010 in New O
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    Prediction: The Giants cut Devin Thomas, Darius Reynaud, and Michael Clayton

    Jernigan is a speedy wide receiver who can immediately come in and impact the Giants offense if Steve Smith does not recover from offseason knee surgery.

    However, Smith's rehab is on schedule and he should be able to return, whether that is back to full form is yet unknown.

    Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin raved about Jernigan, but I'm not quite sure I'm sold on him contributing in the passing game right away. The Giants are careful with their receivers. Since drafting Nicks, Smith, and Manningham, any other player just seems to take a back seat to them.

    Ramses Barden was a third round pick in 2009—the same year as Nicks was the first rounder—and the Giants have not given him much of a shot to prove himself yet. Victor Cruz lit it up in the preseason but didn't have a single reception and only appeared in three games.

    Jernigan will have to sit and wait most likely, but will bring an immediate impact to the return game.

    The competition for wide receiver spots on this team is going to be fierce; but you know what they say—competition drives success.

    Depth Chart Predictions

    1. Hakeem Nicks
    2. Steve Smith
    3. Mario Manningham
    4. Ramses Barden
    5. Jerrel Jernigan
    6. Victor Cruz
    7. Domenik Hixon (special teams)
    8. Duke Calhoun (special teams)

James Brewer OT, Indiana

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    James Brewer is strictly a developmental prospect who will learn the Giants offense while watching David Diehl for at least one year. He played right tackle in college, but Jerry Reese claims he "has left tackle feet."

    He is very athletic and could even put on some muscle weight before camp. I don't see Brewer having an impact until 2012.

    Depth Chart Predictions

    LT - David Diehl, James Brewer
    LG - Rich Seubert, Shawn Andrews,
    C - Shaun O'Hara, Adam Koets
    RG - Chris Snee, Mitch Petrus
    RT - Kareem McKenzie, Will Beatty




Greg Jones LB, Michigan State

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    EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 23: Greg Jones #53 of the Michigan State Spartans awaits the start of play against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 23, 2010 in Evanston, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Northwestern 35-27. (Photo by Jonathan Dan
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    Greg Jones was an outstanding player at Michigan State, amassing 465 tackles, 16 sacks, three All-Big 10 honors, and back-to-back All-American honors.

    His best season was in 2009, when he had 154 tackles and nine sacks (nine!)

    It's been said for a while now that the Giants could use an upgrade at middle linebacker. While Jonathan Goff is not a Pro Bowl caliber player by any stretch, I definitely disagree that the Giants need to replace him.

    Greg Jones can be a nice backup for Goff, but I do believe he can challenge Clint Sintim for the outside linebacker spot, and he will. Despite being a sixth-round pick, this guy had third- or fourth-round talent and inexplicably fell out to the Giants.

    This is my first bold prediction of the depth chart, in my opinion.

    Depth Chart Predictions.

    Weak OLB: Michael Boley, Zak DeOssie (long snapper)
    Middle LB: Jonathan Goff, Chase Blackburn, Phillip Dillard
    Strong OLB: Greg Jones, Clint Sintim

    Greg Jones will win the strong outside linebacker spot in camp. He is too good, too smart, and too much of a good run stuffer. Clint Sintim will start with the job, unless for some reason Keith Bulluck comes back, which would screw this whole thing up.

    (I will add the Giants other LB pick to the depth chart when I get to his slide)

Tyler Sash SS, Iowa

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    TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Cornerbacks Brett Greenwood #30 and Tyler Sash #9 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeye
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    I like the fire and passion that Sash will bring to the Giants, and he'll make a great addition to the special teams unit.

    I don't really believe he'll see time with the defense unless there are injuries to starters, but if that happens the Giants set themselves up with a nice player.

    Depth Chart

    1a. Kenny Phillips
    1b. Antrel Rolle
    2. Deon Grant
    3. Tyler Sash

Jacquian Williams OLB, South Florida

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    Jacquian Williams went to the same junior college and college as New York Giants teammate Jason Pierre-Paul, and perhaps this pick was made with the same assumption; that Williams brings a lot of upside.

    He is fast and extremely athletic, but I find it hard to believe he will actually impact the Giants roster this season other than on special teams.

    Depth Chart Prediction...again.

    Weak OLB: Michael Boley, Jacquian Williams, Zak DeOssie
    Middle LB: Jonathan Goff, Chase Blackburn, Philip Dillard
    Strong OLB: Greg Jones, Clint Sintim


Da'Rel Scott RB, Maryland

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 29:  Da'Rel Scott #23 of the Maryland Terrapins carries the ball in the first half against the Boston College Eagles on November 29, 2008 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Da'Rel Scott gives the Giants a home run threat out of the backfield with his incredible speed and moves in the open field. He is a possible threat in the return game with his 4.34 speed, fastest of all running backs at the combine.

    The Giants have needed a receiving threat out of the backfield ever since Tiki Barber left, they may have found one with Scott.

    Depth Chart Predictions

    1. Ahmad Bradshaw
    2. Brandon Jacobs
    3. Da'Rel Scott
    4. DJ Ware


Full Predicted Depth Chart

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the Philadelphia Eagles at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    QB - Eli Manning, Sage Rosenfels

    RB - Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Da'Rel Scott, DJ Ware,

    FB - Bear Pascoe

    WR - Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Duke Calhoun

    TE - Kevin Boss, Travis Beckum

    OL - David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O'Hara, Chris Snee, Kareem McKenzie, James Brewer, Shawn Andrews, Adam Koets, Mitch Petrus, Will Beatty

    K - Lawrence Tynes

    DE - Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Jason Pierre-Paul, Dave Tollefson, Adrian Tracy

    DT - Chris Canty, Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin, Rocky Bernard

    LB - Michael Boley, Jonathan Goff, Greg Jones, Clint Sintim, Phillip Dillard, Chase Blackburn, Jacquian Williams

    CB - Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara, Aaron Ross, Bruce Johnson

    S - Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips, Deon Grant, Tyler Sash

    P - Matt Dodge? (depends on if they bring in a punter to camp)

    LS - Zak DeOssie

     

    Notables left off - Gerris Wilkinson, Michael Johnson, Keith Bulluck, Darius Reynaud, Devin Thomas, Michael Clayton, Barry Cofield, Madison Hedgecock.

    *Full analysis on the Giants depth chart to be released later this week*

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