New York Giants Should Explore Rutgers WR Kenny Britt
I am aware the regular season has not even ended, and the order of the NFL Draft for 2009 is far from being figured out. I am also aware that the Giants have not parted ways with WR Plaxico Burress as of now.
However, the need to replace Plaxico Burress may be in the future of the New York Giants if they feel it is best to part ways with the talented receiver.
While the Giants have great depth at the receiver spot, they do not have great height. Amani Toomer, is the tallest active WR on the squad at 6' 3". Toomer is also currently 34 years old and his retirement is sure to follow soon, especially if the Giants pull of a repeat this year.
The next tallest receiver is 6' 2" and goes by the name of Domenik Hixon. Moss, Smith, and Manningham do not reach 6". Plaxico Burress is 6' 5" and that makes him a great threat. If the Giants part with Burress, a taller receiver will make the transition to football without Plaxico easier.
While it is unclear where the Giants will pick or whether or not Kenny Britt will declare for the NFL Draft, he would be a great addition to the New York Giants. Britt is listed as 6' 4", only an inch shorter than Burress.
He also plays football for the Scarlet Knights of Rutger in New Jersey, about an hour away from Giants Stadium. This would make it a swift and smooth transition for him.
Okay, so height and location not enough to win Britt a consideration for a second- or third-round draft pick? In 2007, Britt posted five 10-plus yard performances. He amassed 81 receptions, eight touchdowns, and 1,252 yards for the year.
So far in the 2008 season, Britt has put up 100-plus yard performances seven times in the 12-game season. He has made at least five receptions in all but two games this year (his lowest total was three receptions). He has scored six times.
Consistency is a huge factor in the play of a receiver. He has been consistent on a Rutgers team that has seen variable play from quarterback Mike Teel.
To be able to put up solid numbers every game is an accomplishment and the Giants need a consistent receiver to replace Burress. The bottom line is that Britt can get open on a regular basis and if he can perform like that in the NFL, he will be a force to reckon with.
From the mock drafts I have seen so far, the highest Kenny Britt is mentioned is in the second round. He is definitely worth a shot with a late or middle second-round draft pick. If Britt slips to the third round, this could be a steal for the Giants.
I realize there are many "ifs" involved in this situation. However, Kenny Britt deserves at least a glance from the New York Giants scouts.
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