Rueben Randle of LSU was selected Friday in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
New York Giants Director of College Scouting Marc Ross cut right to the chase Friday night when discussing Rueben Randle's career at LSU, saying frankly "those two quarterbacks [at LSU], to be quite honest, are not very good."
That, of course, won't be an issue with the New York Giants. The rookie wide receiver, selected Friday in the second round by the Giants (63rd overall) will be catching passes from two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
"It's going to be great. We had struggles at LSU. They weren't bad quarterbacks, but we struggled there," Randle said during a conference call with reporters Friday night. "But Eli is an elite quarterback in the league and it's going to be great for me to come in and play with him."
Here are how the Giants' decision-makers described the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Randle
Jerry Reese: [Full Transcript]
"He's NFL-ready - he runs the entire route tree. In this day and age in college football, it's all about the spread offense, and guys don't run the full tree. This kid runs the full tree. He kind of looks like a big, pro wide receiver out there with how he runs routes. I think he's going to be a quick fit into the offense with how he plays; he's big, he can post guys up. People mentioned Hakeem Nicks when we talked about him in our room. He's not blazing fast; I don't think Hakeem is blazing fast either. He's game fast and he's bigger than Hakeem - very good hands, ball skills. A talented football player."
Tom Coughlin: [Full Transcript]
" ... big receiver, outstanding athlete, very smooth, quote unquote pro-ready, 97 receptions in the course of his career for almost 17 yards per. Size, speed. People said, ‘Can he get deep? He can get behind?' Yes, he can. He doesn't have that Olympic type speed, but he has the size and the speed and the power. He's a smooth athlete. Very, very athletic guy."
Ross: [Full Transcript]
"Reuben is an NFL-ready receiver. I think with receivers a lot of it gets overblown with 40 times and speed and this and that. You need guys that are NFL-ready and what I mean by that is this guy is strong, he can catch the ball, he's a good route runner and he's position savvy - he knows how to get open. To me those are the successful receivers in the NFL. I think our guys who we have now - Hakeem and Victor - if you put them at the combine you won't notice them, but you put them on the football field and they just take their game to another level and this is how Rueben is in our eyes."