Breaking Down the New York Giants' Draft

Jerry FrasierContributor IApril 27, 2009

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 13:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the North Carolina Tar Heels breaks away from Addison Williams #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second half at Kenan Stadium October 13, 2007 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. South Carolina won 21-15.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The New York Giants went into the draft knowing what they needed. They needed to fill two huge losses at the Wide Receiver Position.  They also wanted to beef up their line-backing core. The Giants needed this draft to be a big one if they want to be successful in the upcoming 2009 season.

The Giants had nine picks in the 2009 draft and they selected wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, linebacker Clint Sintim, tackle William Beatty, wide receiver Ramses Barden, tight end Travis Beckum, running back Andre Brown, quarterback Rhett Bomar, defensive back DeAndre Wright, and defensive back Stoney Woodson.

The Giants are hoping these nine selections lead them deep into the playoffs and hopefully to the Super Bowl.

The Giants selected Hakeem Nicks with the 29th pick in the draft. Nicks is a 6-foot-1 212 pound wide receiver out of the University of North Carolina. The Giants selected Nicks hoping he could fill the huge hole at wide receiver left by the departure of Plaxico Burress and Armani Toomer.

Nicks received for 2,840 yards and 21 touchdowns during his career at UNC. Nicks could become a star in the NFL with his big play capability and good hands. Nicks is a decent leaper and could fill the role in the Giants famous fade play.

Nicks is a good selection for the Giants, the pick was obviously between him and Kenny Britt. Either receiver would have been a suitable and supported pick. Nicks could be stepping into the Giant’s number one receiving slot in his rookie season.

Giants fans hope that Nicks will be a dominant receiver and help Eli Manning out.

Clint Sintima 6-foot-3 256 pound linebacker out of the University of Virginia was selected with the 13th pick in the second round received by the Giants from the Saints. This is a good second round pick for the Giants.

Although the Giants have one of the better defences in the league you can never have enough, we all know the saying, “Defence wins championships.” Sintim had 246 tackles in college and can really stop the run.

In 2008 he also proved he can get to the quarterback producing 10 sacks. The downside to Sintim is that he is not a good coverage type linebacker and will have trouble  covering tight ends and halfbacks in passing situations.

The bad part about this is that Mathias Kiwanuka is also a weak coverage linebacker and you don’t want two on the field at the same time. Sintimcomes into this season with a good chance to start and accumulate a good amount of tackles.

He will probably get most of his opportunity in running situations or blitzing the quarterback, but he could be targeted as a weak spot in the defense when he drops back into coverage. He will probably sit behind Danny Clark until he proves himself.

The Giants selected William Beatty with their second round Pick. Beatty is a 6-foot-6 307 pound offensive tackle out of UCONN. Beatty is a big man witha lot of raw talent. He couldn’t be falling into a better situation.

He has the opportunity to be tutored by a line, who some experts, consider to be the best in the league. He is agile, has good length, and is a very good pass blocker. He is very raw at this point in his career and if he started now he would be way overmatched by any defensive lineman in the NFL.

If he sits on the bench for a few years he could learn from the starters and eventually take over for the aging Kareem McKenzie.  

In the third round the Giants picked another wide receiver. This 6-foot-6 229 pound receiver out of Cal Polytechnic named Ramses Barden is a good pick for the Giants. This could be the New York’s smartest pick during this draft.

After losing Eli Manning’s favorite target, 6-foot-5 receiver Plaxico Burress, they may have drafted his replacement. Bardenis a tall receiver with pretty good speed. His ability, which Manning will really like, is his jumping ability. He has the ability to catch the touchdown pass which is what the giants need.

He caught 50 touchdowns in his career at Cal Poly. He has good control and knows how to catch a ball at its highest point.  He doesn’t have the greatest speed so he will be more dependent on his jumping abilities in the NFL.

He seems to be one of the more underrated receivers in the draft. The draft saw two similar receivers to him go in the first round. Bardenwill probably start as the Giants third receiver but by the end of the season he may surpass Steve Smithfor the number two spot on the depth chart.

With their compensatory third round selection the Giants drafted Travis Beckum, a 6-foot-3 243 pound tight end who played for Wisconsin University. He will be a good tight end to play opposite of Kevin Boss.

He is a good receiving tight end, whose speed could be compared to a young Jeremy Shockey at this position. He has good catching ability and continues to run hard after the pass. He had 2,149 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns in his four years at Wisconsin.

One downside is that he only played six games in his senior year, and could be injury prone, much like Jeremy Shockey. Beckum will fall into the number two tight end spot opposite of Boss quite well, and don’t be surprised if you see him make a few big catches this year.  

In the fourth round the Giants selected running back   Andre Brown out of North Carolina State. This 6-foot 224 pound running back could be Derrick Wards replacement. Brown will probably fall into the role that Ahmad Bradshaw had last season.  He will get into the No. 3 running back position for the Giants. 

Brown consists of both good size and speed. Along with this he is extremely hard to take down in open-field situations.  All these qualities gives him a very similar running style to Derrick Ward. He is a good pick in the fourth round and does have a shot to play for the Giants this season.

The Giants selected former Oklahoma University quarterback Rhett Bomar. This 6-foot-2 225 pound quarterback finished his colligate career at Sam Houston State. Rhett Bomar was once a Hiesman Trophy candidate who was compared to John Elway until he encountered some problems in his career.

In August of 2006 he was dismissed from Oklahoma after he received payments for work not completed from a car dealership owned by Oklahoma University donors. Bomar is a sneaky pick and could be a sleeper pick in the 2009 draft. If he gets the opportunity to play he could put up numbers in the NFL.

In three years at Sam Houston Bomar threw for 7,632 yards and 47 touchdowns. He did this at a division 1-AA school so he had less receiving, but also less defense. There are reasons to be skeptical about Bomar, he has not played a good defense since his freshman year.

This is why he was a fifth round pick, if he remained at Oklahoma he could have been number one.

Although he has a chance to have a good career, he will probably spend most of it as a backup. In his rookie season he probably will only make the Giants practice squad, but does have the opportunity to play as high as second string.  

In the sixth round the Giants elected to choose DeAndre Wright. This defensive back out of New Mexico weighs in at 5-foot11 198 pounds. Wright has very good talent, natural ability, and ball hawk skills, but he is very undersized. He will most likely only make the practice squad because the secondary is already good in New York.

With their final selection the Giants selected 5-foot-11 195 pound defensive back Stoney Woodson out of South Carolina.  Woodson is similar to Wright. He has good ability, but is undersized.

He posseses good speed, but does not have the ability to change directions. One upside is that he has the skill to play safety as well as defensive back. Woodson is not likely to play a big role in this season for the Giants. Presumably he will only make the practice squad.

This year’s draft was a good draft for the New York Giants. They both filled roles they needed as well as thought ahead to the future. The receivers were the most needed position for the Giants and they went out and completed their goal to find good receivers. In the end the Giants draft deserves and A.

The only thing they could have done to better it would have been to trade up for Hayward-Bay or Crabtree.


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