I'm not here to tell you about which players are better than other players. I am not claiming to be in the same league of knowledge as BBI, Rorchach, ct17 or any of our resident college football elitists. I do not go over film, and I barely have any access to NFL footage unless it's live over here in Japan. But I have been following the Giants for quite a long time, not as long as Bobbiblue or Landeta for that matter but I am a student of the game and I have studied our drafting technique for several seasons. I am not claiming to be as knowledgeable about football like the sunlions or dannymacs either here.
What I do know is that for rounds 1, 2 and 3, is that the Giants will be looking to add an extremely versatile athletic guy who has high potential, loads of speed, and excellent strength. The Giants like to focus the talent on the team in 3 places. Besides Eli who is a rock and we don't need to worry about his replacement for several seasons anyways, the main 3 are the DLine, WR and the secondary. Injuries can take their toll on the season, or even the preseason for that matter. Having young starter quality depth in the 3 most important positions on this team was instrumental in our success this year. You do not pigeonhole your team by drafting for the "N" word. You build it around your strengths and you continue to add pieces to those already strong position groups due to the fact that, that depth is without a doubt going to see some action during the course of a grueling season. The Giants and more specifically Jerry Reese has said that you can never have enough pass rushers or coverage guys. The drop off in talent in the later rounds for the DLine and secondary is immense. Certainly you can get lucky and find a Victor Cruz off the streets but we have spent multiple high picks on WR as well in the past. I know ct17 put a post up on MTD and likely here as well describing the draft history of the Giants and how much they love drafting and grooming the 3 positions I have mentioned here.
Do not freak out when we don't draft an OLineman or a TE in the first 2 rounds. Unless Jerry feels that guy fits the mold and character of what we are trying to do here, which if your not paying attention is to make the playoffs and repeat. The Giants build the team with an eye for the future, not who is going to start week 1 of the 2012 season. The guys they draft will be on the roster for 4 years on average and will be given a chance to prove themselves. Make no mistake about it. We are the 2011 World Champions for a reason. Jerry Reese finds outstanding talents early and bolsters the strengths of this franchise every year, keeping the future in mind. He may not have a crystal ball but he understands the concept of free agency better than any of us here. You cannot afford to stock your roster with all-pros at every position. You can however provide incredible depth at the peak positions every year to keep your team in the playoff hunt year in and year out. Once you get in the dance, anything can happen. The Giants have proved that the in 2 of the past 5 years.
In rounds 4-7 all you do is look for depth. Hopefully Jerry can pull the rabbit out of the hat and the coaching staff can groom a possible replacement or starter in the coming years. You do not expect any of these guys to be starting year 1 and you hope that they progress and can learn the system and their responsibilities. You will see a few more "need" picks in these rounds, matched with good value of course in order to round out the team and fill position requirements for the upcoming season.
On a side note with our current cap situation,I, like many others here, do not anticipate us signing any free agents, excpet for our own. We will not be splurging like the Dream Team did last season. We will likely add some depth at the veteran's minimum and we will look toward the draft to fill the rest of our position needs. I am good with this. I won't pretend to understand how the cap actually works, even though I did read ct17s in depth analysis a week back or so. I know we don't have the money to sign a John Abraham. I know guys like Vincent Jackson are going to get paid. The Giants need to keep the talent that is already on this team on this team. In 2013 we have several guys who we "NEED" to keep on this roster imo. I guarantee you that JR is already looking towards that season and how he has to manipulate the cap in order to keep the core of this roster intact.
PS... Thanks for the Super Bowl memories Rio, have fun catching passes from a QB that doesn't quite measure up to the ELIte level.