The New York Giants Will Do the Unthinkable on Draft Day '09

Kyle LanganAnalyst IMarch 15, 2009

Draft Knowshon Moreno. Notoriously, the New York Giants love to draft players who play positions that they are set at. In 2006, they drafted Mathias Kiwanuka despite having Strahan, Umenyiora, and Tuck on the roster.

In the 1990s, they drafted Rodney Hampton despite having Dave Megget and O.J. Anderson on the roster.

A similar scenario would be a possibility on this coming draft day in 2009. Moreno is projected to be selected between 20 and 30, and only Philadelphia is seen as a team with a need at running back.

Even with that said, they have a lot of holes on their offensive line as well as their secondary, and Philadelphia has not selected a running back earlier than the third round under Andy Reid. All of this would lead one to believe that Moreno will be available at the 29th spot in the draft.

Despite how ridiculous this selection would seem on the surface, it is a move that makes a lot of sense, especially if Plaxico Burress returns.

Jacobs has not played a full 16-game schedule yet, and Ahmad Bradshaw has yet to take any significant snaps outside of the fourth quarter. The Giants would be in trouble if Jacobs Got hurt regardless of whether or not Bradshaw can perform.

In what seemed like a position of strength, the Giants could look fairly thin if their big man were to go down.

Moreno could also team up with Jacobs in two-back sets and catch passes out of the backfield when extra men come down to defend the run. He is a very dangerous player, and in his two full seasons starting at The University of Georgia, Moreno had 2,734 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Even more critical in terms of his role with the Giants would be his 53 catches for 645 yards and two touchdowns. This type of versatility could help The Giant offense thrive for years to come.

The Giants can address their passing game in round two with the likes of Brian Robiskie, Louis Murphy, Patrick Turner, and even Brandon Pettigrew or James Casey. It is still possible that The Giants could trade for a receiver

The first round is only one pick, and it is a pick where you want to land a Pro-Bowl caliber player regardless of his position.

In 2006, Director of Pro Personnel Jerry Reese stood up in the war room and asked “How many people believe that Mathias Kiwanuka will not become a Pro-Bowl defensive end?”

When there was silence, he sent in the pick. If he were to take the same strategy on draft day in 2009, I wouldn’t bet against Moreno.


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