Sort of pointless two days before, but I'm in the frenzy thinking about football. Unlike BBI I have not found a way to inhabit the body of Jerry Reese. However, I have been meditating to clear my mind to attune myself to the Earth's natural energy currents which carrry the secrets of the perfect draft. Based upon past experience, I anticipate that none of these picks will be right. When considering who would be available at the Giants picks', I looked at 3-4 different draft boards and only took players that had a good chance of being available. So the falling BPA is not affecting these picks.
1 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina - A preseason Top 10 pick, so VALUE. Powerful WR. Not fast like Manningham, but fills his role as an outside WR. And when I compare the 2011 Giants to the 2010 Giants, I see the ball being thrown outside to avoid those tipped INTs. Backshoulders, come back routes, corners; that is what Jeffery is going to run. Box out the corners and extend the arms. The middle will be left for Cruz and Jernigan.
Alternatives - Doug Martin, RB, Boise State is the ideal Giants RB. But he's not a superstar, which the Giants are looking for in Round 1. Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern State, is the ideal Giants guard. Size, athletic, moves well. Not far from where they drafted Snee. But there is better positional value available. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech is a 6-4 athletic freak that should be gone, I'd draft him over Jeffery.
2 - Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt - He may not be 6 feet tall, but he's 5-11 and change. He also does not have a great 40-yard dash. But every other box is checked. The top 20-yard shuttle. One of the top 3-cone times. So no long speed, but short area quickness and change-of-direction speed. Intelligent. Highly successful in actual coverage of the top WRs in the SEC. The comment I keep seeing on him is "Ideal CB for zone". He's our future nickel CB. Same round as Webster and Thomas. And we're only keeping one of those guys next year.
Alternatives - Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State - Height-weight-speed measurables. Arm length. Plays with a lot of hustle, but is raw. The guy you pick if you want JPP for the left side. Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson would be a great fit on the team, but I don't think he lasts to our spot.
3 - Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State - Short but well-built powerful RB that can run between the tackles and handle the load of a primary ballcarrier. Largest arms for a RB that I've ever seen. Surprised everyone with his athleticism at the combine. Of all of my picks, this is the one I am most worried about losing to an earlier team.
Alternatives - Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M was in for a visit, but I think Turbin fits our scheme better. Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri has the size and athleticism, but I think he goes earlier in the third. Brandon Hardin, S, Oregon State has great size and measurables, 6-3 215 but ran under 4.45 and played CB in college, but again would not be surprised if he is already gone.
4 - Justin Bethel, S/CB, Presbyterian - A college CB, and at only 6-0 200 not our ideal size for safety. Similar to Hayward in running times, which makes him fast for a safety. But a more physical player. Leg power shown in jumping measurements. The all-time conference leader in career tackles - as a CB. Ball skills. Long arms - 9 career blocked kicks. Intelligent. Fits the Rolle flexible CB/S role well as the big nickel/TE cover guy.
4 - Lucas Nix, G/T, Pittsburgh - It was really hard finding a player I liked for this pick. This is the best player here that makes some sort of sense for the team. At 6-5 317 has the size we like. Played a variety of positions in college, but projects as a guard in the pros. Good pass blocker at the position - good enough to have done the Diehl and played as an injury replacement at LT. In fact he projects very close to Diehl coming out of college. Thereby making Diehl expendable in 2013.
Alternatives - If we don't get a RB earlier, here we can get some good inside runners in Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State, Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee, maybe even Terence Ganaway, RB, Baylor. If Audie Cole, LB, North Carolina State slips this far he could be our future SAM. A lot of good WR talent should be left. I like DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State.
6 - Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati - This year's Jacquian Williams. We have future questions at the position, and we have the roster spot to develop a raw talent. 6-4 264 fits the bill. Maybe this guy is our next Boss, just faster and more athletic. Better place to take a risk than with the TEs getting 3rd-4th round grades.
7 - Mike Ryan, T, Connecticut - Might not be a roster spot for him this year. But he is a tackle that can play both sides of the line, hard to find this late in the draft. 6-5 1/2 327 with good power. Practice squad for a year.