JPP reportedly sustained burns and injuries to his hand while blowing off fireworks in South Florida on the Fourth of July (July 5). This morning, those injuries, which are still undisclosed, turn out to be not as serious as the Twitter alarmists reported on Sunday.
My basic response is let's see who they do in Round 1?tonight and then tomorrow and Saturday speculate about those rounds. If I have my way, the Giants hit it big tonight and tomorrow and make Saturday a non-event.
They can stay the course and select some good players, or they can be proactive and creative and get themselves some difference-makers.
There are three scenarios that the Giants will have to prepare for Thursday.
One: Stay the course and wait for the best available player to fall to them at No. 9. We won't know who that is until the time comes. But I feel it will be one of five players: Iowa OL Brandon Scherff, Clemson DE Vic Beasley, DE Bud Dupree of Kentucky, Alabama WR Amari Cooper or WR Kevin White of West Virginia.
The Giants have missed the playoffs the past three seasons since winning the Super Bowl in 2012 and jobs are on the line. The past two years have not been good: The team has been out of the postseason picture by roughly Thanksgiving.
Records of 7-9 and 6-10 are not going to cut it with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch.
The 80th annual NFL Draft will be held in Chicago, at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University. Three projected Top-10 selections - Florida State QB Jameis Winston, WR Amari Cooper of Alabama and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner, have chosen not to attend.
Over two dozen other highly-touted prospects will be on hand however (NFL Communications).
"Safety is going to be really important. For the New York Giants in particular," Cosell said on NFLN's Championship Chase: The Draft. "They really can't line up right now with what they have."
"So, there's Damarious Randall from Arizona State, who I think is as good a back-end safety as there is in this draft. And not only does he have back-end skills, but he has the box mentality. He's not a big guy, he's only about 196-198 but he has a box mentality and he can also play over the slot, which is critical in today's NFL."
Some have contended that Scherff does not possess the wingspan to be an effective tackle in the NFL. The Giants don't really care about that, having drafted Justin Pugh in the first round two years ago. Pugh was said to have "short arms" as well. They appear to be comfortable with just adding Scherff to their roster and upgrading the offensive line.
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SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Giants should focus on upgrading the offensive line in this Week's NFL Draft rather than select another weapon at WR in the first round.
It?s not an implausible scenario. In fact, some in the NFL can envision at least one of the top two receivers ? Alabama?s Amari Cooper or West Virginia?s Kevin White ? slipping into the Giants? lap. And if they do, several Giants sources insisted drafting yet another receiver will get strong consideration.
Last year at this time, Giants GM Jerry Reese said he had no particular player in mind as the NFL Draft approached. Reese said the team will take the best available player with the 12th overall pick.
As it turned out, Reese did have a particular player in mind, LSU WR Odell Beckham, Jr., and he just happened to fall to the Giants in the first round. Beckham was the Giants' man all along, we were told afterward.
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The Giants hold the No. 9 overall selection in the first round, as well as picks in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, plus two more in the seventh. Overall, they hold the 9th, 40th, 74th, 108th, 144th, 185th, 226th and 245th picks this year.
With eight picks, the Giants can address both their biggest needs while adding depth, barring any unforeseen trades behind the scenes.
Williams' father, Brian Williams, was selected No. 18 overall in the 1989 draft by none other than the Giants. After a nine-year career in the blue, Brian Willliams is anxious to see his son follow a similar fate.
?We?re gonna be at home in Minnesota,?? Brian Williams told the Post. ?He wanted to be here with mom and dad and his grandparents and his family. That means a lot.
Scherff has all the earmarks of becoming a solid NFL offensive lineman, but he may not be what fans and pundits think he is. Listed on many mock websites as a tackle, Scherff is actually projected by scouts and experts to be a guard in the NFL.
The Giants were hoping that a top OT would emerge from the pack this spring and they could implement their plan to move Justin Pugh, who struggled at RT last season, inside to plug the hole at guard. But that hasn't happened that we know of. They might be fooling themselves if they think Scherff is the guy who can force that change.
But, with the NFL Draft just two weeks away, the Giants are still without solid answers at the safety position. Their roster still lists only two players as safeties - Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor - neither of whom has started an NFL game.
Both players were taken in the fifth round in the NFL Draft. Taylor, a 2013 pick, missed all of 2014 with a foot injury. Berhe, selected last season, served as mainly a special teams player.
1. Tampa Bay - are still believed to covet Florida State QB Jameis Winston first overall. But last week, ownership began to scrutinize Winston fearing he was a PR problem. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting the Bucs have moved on to his Heisman successor, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
2. Tennessee - are said to be committed to Zach Mettenberger at QB and that is going to create a frenzy over the next two weeks. The Titans will be receiving offers from multiple teams to part ways with the pick regardless of which one of the top two QBs is available.
Sprinkle in three WRs - Alabama's Amari Cooper, Kevin White of West Virginia and Louisville's DeVante Parker - and you have have your Top 10. Or do you? Some believe that Michigan State CB Trae Waynes, Washington NT Danny Shelton, Stanford OT Andrus Peat, Iowa OL Brandon Scherff and Georgia RB Todd Gurley could upset things by sneaking into the top ten.
The Giants, selecting ninth overall, will sit and wait their turn and see who falls to them. They should have a bevy of talented players to choose from. DeVante Parker will likely be one of them. Although he's rising up the charts quickly, he's still currently rated behind Cooper and White by most teams and draftniks.
It's difficult to keep up with which players teams have met with and who they have genuine interest in. Below is the latest list of players compiled by the website walterfootball.com.
It's been reported the Giants are interested in Nebraska DE Randy Gregory and Benardrick McKinney, a LB from Mississippi State. In recent weeks it was discovered that Gregory tested positive for marijuana and the Giants may be shying away from him at No.9.
The 6-4, 304 pound offensive lineman out of Division III Hobart & William Smith College, grew up in New York. Earlier this year, he told NFL Network if he had to pick one team to draft him, he'd pick the Giants, his favorite team as a kid.
Marpet will have a shot to impress his home team on Thursday at their workout, but he already put out a strong showing at February's NFL Combine, running the fastest 40-yard dash of any OL at 4.98 seconds.
In this case, NFL.com's Lance Zierlein wrote:
Projection-based prospect with elite size and the traits to become a dominant run-stuffing defensive end in an odd front. Armstead has the explosiveness off the snap and in his jarring punch to gain early advantages and control offensive linemen. Armstead is a fast riser but is still very raw. He will need patience and coaching and must become a more effective pass rusher at some point.Sounds a little "projecty" to me. With the ninth overall pick you need to get more stable selection. He's listed as a DT but rounds out to a DE skills-wise. He could turn out to be special, but there's too much risk here in my opinion. The folks at WalterFootball.com agree:
It's way too early to speculate on who the Giants will select in this spring's NFL Draft. Or is it? I visited WalterFootball.com, one of my favorite websites, and checked to see who they have the Giants selecting in the first three rounds of their mock draft.
Round One, Pick 9: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford (6'7', 312) Jr.
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Since 2007, when all eight draft picks were on the team's roster during Super Bowl XLII, the draft classes have been littered with projects that haven't panned out and players that were simply poor selections.
Last year, the Giants began looking at filling possible needs in the draft and at players could help them right out of the gate. First round pick RT Justin Pugh started every game, the first rookie to so since Lawrence Taylor in 1981. Second rounder DT Jon Hankins, who played sparingly, would have been utilized more had the defensive line been shorthanded or struggling, which they weren't.
The Giants have the No. 11 selection in Round Two (No. 43 overall) and the No. 10 pick in Round Three (No. 74 overall). They took care of their WR need last night by selecting LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. For those who doubt that this was a reach, please stop. Several draft experts I spoke with last night overtly endorsed the pick, one telling me, "Giant fans are going to?love this kid."
There ares still several positions on the roster where the Giants need a turnkey solution, with TE topping the list. Only one was taken last night: UNC's Eric Ebron, who went to Detroit at No. 10.
Looney never played for the Giants, he was traded before the season to the Baltimore Colts along with OL?Lou Kirouac and a 1965 sixth round pick for veteran DB Andy Nelson and receiver RC Owens. Both Owens and Nelson were out of football by 1965. Kirouac would play a season in Baltimore before joining the expansion Falcons in 1966.
None of that will mean anything come Thursday night.?The rumors are that teams are looking to trade up while others will be trading back.?The Giants appear to be content to let the draft come to them, as usual.
James B: With all these teams looking for a QB in this year's draft, should the Giants think about trading Eli if a team in the top 6 want him? ?I know there are obstacles, but if he can bring in multiple picks especially one of the picks from 1-6, It would benefit the team plus losing Eli's contract would help as well. Depending on the pick you could end up with (Jake) Matthews or (Khalil) Mack or even (Sammy)Watkins plus still have the 12th pick. Which if you go Watkins you may still get (Taylor) Lewan or (Eric) Ebron with the 12th and then draft OL (Jawaun) James and one of the QBs in the second.
Trading Eli is not on the table right now. First off, the Giants have no intention of trading him. Many teams would love to have him, but his contract makes him virtually untradable. He has cap hits of $20.4 and $19.75 million over the next two seasons. Second, he's just had ankle surgery and is coming off his worst season. Third, none of the QBs in this draft are slam-dunk franchise QBs, so the Giants would be going from a 2X Super Bowl MVP to a rookie project at QB.
Of the 26 players he (GM Gene Smith) selected in his four drafts, only three figure to be Jaguars starters (not including punter Bryan Anger) when the team comes off the bye Sunday at Tennessee.The Jags are 0-8 and may not win a ballgame this season. If he is using that as a barometer for how good and bad teams are, you can look at the Giants' 2-6 record and find it justifiable.
The last four drafts have only yielded six current starters for the Giants. Three on offense (WR Hakeem Nicks, OT Will Beatty and OL Justin Pugh) and three on defense (CB Prince Amukamara, DT Linval Joseph and DE Jason Pierre-Paul).
Top pick OL Justin Pugh was asked if there was any pressure coming into TPC and if anything has changed over the last week for him:
"Not really. I?ve been playing football my whole life, so I want to just go out there and play football. When you?re on the field, you don?t really think about all the outside aspects. You just think about playing your game and that?s just something I?m going to continue to do and something I?ve been doing, so I?m used to it."DE Damontre Moore was said to be immature and a slacker by some. That's not the case now that he's a pro. He's in the right mindset to become part of the Giants DE rotation:
- Tank Carradine, DE, FSU - Tank would've been a top 10 pick in this draft if it wasn't for a knee injury during this past season at FSU. Carradine is the type of player that the Giants traditionally covet; an explosive edge rusher that has the tenaciousness required to get to the quarterback on the NFL level.
- D.J. Fluker, OL, ALA- Fluker is the prototype right tackle but many fans are against drafting a RT this high in the draft. Fluker does fill a need for the Giants; they currently have David Diehl penciled in at tackle and to say that his season last year was lackluster would be an understatement. Fluker would add the missing toughness and running blocking the team has been missing dearly since their 2007 championship run.
- Jonathan Cyprien, FS, FIU - Cyprien is regarded by many to have the highest upside of any safety in this draft class. He is a solid tackler and would fit nicely in the Giants 3 safety nickel package. His versatility would be an amazing asset for Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell.
- Manti Te'o, ND, ILB - In December Te'o would have been a steal this late in the draft, but a sub par National Championship game and a fake girlfriend changed all of that. Te'o's effect on his ND team cannot be denied though and his leadership would be a valuable commodity for the Giants. He has the ability to stay on the field on 3rd down and call the plays for all defensive personnel groupings.
- Arthur Brown, KSU, OLB - Brown is the best linebacker in the draft in my opinion. He was all over the field defensively for Kansas State and his play making ability is something the Giants could use on their defense. The Giants don't traditionally select linebackers in the early round of the draft but fans and management won't let Brown get away like Sean Weatherspoon did a few years ago.
The Giants have shown over the last few years that they lean more towards the best available rather than worry about team needs.
With Ahmad Bradshaw in house, Jerry Reese still brought in running back David Wilson. The idea is that eventually the player will be called upon to play a significant role on the team. Just look at how the Giants view Wilson now.
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The draft is 3 days away and this will be the final mock draft. We've seen teams add through free agency and trades. We've also seen prospects move up and down a lot since the Senior Bowl and Combine. All of that is combined to make this final mock draft. Last year the draft was about 45% accurate by either team or exact spot that the player was ?drafted. This year we're aiming for 60%, so take a look at the mock draft below and use the comment section to leave your opinions on the selections.
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We all know that the Giants claim that they draft the best player available in round 1. Many observers doubt that this is the case. I have argued in the past that ?best player available? is a simplification of the Giants' approach. No sane person would draft a potential all pro kicker ahead of a solid tackle (Al Davis, rest in peace). The Giants look for the highest impact player available. In other words, they draft the player that they think will increase their chances of winning the most over a comparable low cost free agent.
I think that the Giants think about positions in 4 groupings.:
Welcome back for our second chapter in Giants Draft History. We pick up in 1976, the inaugural year of Giants Stadium. The team finally had a home after three seasons of bouncing around. The new surroundings were strange ones. A 'state-of-the-art' concrete, utilitarian facility in the middle of the weeds off Route 3 in East Rutherford, NJ.
Initially, Giant fans didn't know what to make of it. Only 10.4 miles from Manhattan, it seemed like North Dakota for many of the faithful used to attending games within the confines of NYC. There was no other way to get to the new stadium except to drive or take a bus from Port Authority. When you got to the stadium, there was nothing to be found in terms of bars or restaurants and very little variety once you got inside. You were there to see the game. period.
The Giants' media guys describe the 1970's as such: The Giants in the 1970s could best be described as a team in transition. The team called four different stadiums home, played in three different states, and did not play in one postseason game. Teams like the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Giants, so strong in the NFL?s forma- tive years, gave way to new powers like Dallas, Pittsburgh and Minnesota.
Perfect. Not too specific, kindly saving us the pain of having to re-live that period. The beginning of the decade was spotted with a few winning seasons, but as the decade went on, the Giants became a hopeless mess that prompted NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to intervene in 1979.
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- Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tenn - Patterson was the best kept secret entering the 2012 NCAA season. There were whispers about a Junior College kid that could add a different dynamic to an already talented receiver corps. Little did everyone know Patterson would become the star of that group and show the ability to take over games. Patterson scored through the air, on the ground, and it the return game this season for the Vols. He was often the fastest player on the field, and that says a lot in the SEC. At 6'3" 200 lbs he could run a sub 4.4 at the combine.
- Keenan Allen WR Cal - Allen is the #1 receiver on many big boards and his size/strength combo is hard to match. Allen is a decent route runner and has shwon that he can make the tough catches over the middle. He is number two on this list but he is the most NFL ready wide out and will start from day one for a team.
- DeAndre Hopkins WR Clem - Hopkins in game speed is mind boggling. He will probably run somewhere in the 4.37 range at the combine but that hardly reflects how fast he is in pads. He makes defenders seem as though they are standing still when he runs routes. His dependable hands and crisp cuts make him tailored to the NFL game.
- Da'Rick Rogers WR Tenn Tech - Rogers has first round talent, but has 7th round character. Countless disciplinary problems at Tennessee led to his dismissal and the maturity still isn't there. With that said the kid can ball and that is what ultimately matters in the NFL.? Rogers' hands are comparable to Hakeem Nicks, he rarely drops passes. He will make a team extremely happy in the 2nd round.
- Terrance Williams WR Baylor - Williams isn't the fastest player in this draft class but he showed last season that he is a top tier receiver. His production increased after RGIII went pro and he dominated games last season. His 300+ yard game against West Virginia showcased his sleek route running and understanding of zone concepts.
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2013 Mock Draft V:1
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Every unit on their roster has gone through the "next man up" scenario and in some instances a rookie has been that next man up. Top pick David Wilson, a RB from Virginia Tech with legendary speed, has curiously not been tapped on the shoulder to inject life into the Giants' ground game.
"Just because you?re a first-round draft pick doesn?t mean you?re ready to play, or they all would be great," said RB coach Jerald Ingram. ?"Also, the difference in makeup of size. David is not a big man. He?s not 265-270 pounds. He?s not 230-225. He is a situational player as a rookie right now. Yeah he?s explosive, but at what cost is he explosive? Is he explosive at the cost of not being able to protect well, not being able to know his job well enough being a pro? That all has to develop."
1986: Eric Dorsey, Defensive end, Notre Dame: Miss
1987: Mark Ingram, Wide receiver,?Michigan State: Hit