Sept 8, 2012; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Johnthan Banks (13) against the defense of Auburn Tigers tight end Brandon Fulse (11) at Davis Wade Stadium. Spruce Derden
If Thursday's night game against the Panthers taught us anything (again) it's that good teams are built through the draft. The Giants got big contributions four years later from their 2009 draft class with the emergence of Ramses Barden and Andre Brown.
Is it early to be talking about the draft? Of course. But there are a lot of college football games on today and why not pay attention to the same teams and players that the New York Giants will be watching. This list is provided by Chris Stueber
Last week I pointed out how the Giants attended games in which the big name prospects played in the secondary or defensive line.
Will that be a continued theme this week?
The Giants will be attending the Army at Wake Forest game, Miami Hurricanes at Georgia Tech, Missouri at South Carolina, East Carolina at North Carolina, South Alabama at Mississippi State, and Alcorn State at Arkansas State.
Interesting notes: this is the second week in a row that the New York Giants have been in attendance for a South Alabama game. Mississippi State is probably the game they are actually focusing on, but maybe they like someone at South Alabama state as well.
Director of College scouting, Marc Ross, will be in attendance at the Army at Wake Forest game, though that game does not intrigue me nearly as much as others so I'll mention this note in passing.
Miami at Georgia Tech
Seantrel Henderson is an offensive tackle who is very talented. He was the former #1 high school recruit at offensive tackle. He's dealt with some off the field concerns and some inconsistency on the field. But, he is a talented player with some major upside (and the Giants like their high upside players).
The Miami Hurricanes also have some draftable safety prospects in A.J. Highsmith and Vaughn Telemaque.
Georgia Tech corneback Rod Sweeting is a player to watch. He's not necessarily a high draft pick, but he could intrigue the Giants because he has a good height/weight/speed combination.
Missouri at South Carolina
South Carolina has one of the most physically gifted defensive end's in college football in Devin Taylor. Taylor is huge (listed at 6'8 and 267) and is often considered as a first round prospect--he has the ability to be one. With the Giants likely letting Osi Umeinyora test out free agency after the season, they may be in the market for a young defensive end.
East Carolina at North Carolina
North Carolina always has a reputation of having major NFL prospects on their team and this year is no exception. The Tar Heels have two very good offensive linemen in Jonathan Cooper and Brennan Williams. Cooper is often considered one of the top guards, if not the top guard in the draft at this point. Offensive tackle Brennan Williams is another player to watch out there. He is getting first round draftnik buzz as well.
The Tar Heels also have talented running back Giovani Bernard, LB Kevin Reddick, and DTSylvester Williams are also all players to watch--players that could be early round picks.
South Alabama at Mississippi State
Cornerback Jonathan Banks. The man is a stud. The Giants could use more cornerback depth.
There are plenty of players to watch, you can check out Stueber's post for a list of every player and which team scouts are going to which games, but the ones I've listed are some of the players to focus on in today's games. Enjoy the games. It'll be awhile before the Giants are playing on the field again.