After completing their first three picks of the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Giants have added another much-needed skill player while solidifying their trenches with a pair of linemen.
In Round 1, the Giants selected LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. with the 12th pick. After losing Hakeem Nicks to free agency, New York needed a receiver to keep defenses from entirely focusing on Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.
Colorado State center Weston Richburg was the Giants' second-round pick (No. 43 overall), bringing a dose of versatility to a thin, still in-the-works-offensive line. Richburg was a four-year starter in college and also has the ability to pull in the running game. He could also play guard opposite Chris Snee.
Finally, the Giants concluded Friday by selecting Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley with the 74th overall pick. Drafting a defensive tackle makes sense, as Ed explained, but many draft experts had other prospects listed ahead of Bromley at the position.
The fact that the Giants would select a defensive tackle here after losing Linval Joseph in free agency wasn't a surprise. The fact that that chose Bromley over several other players rated more highly on most draft big boards was a stunner.
Bromley, who had 10 sacks and 14. 5 tackles for loss in 2013, did visit with the Giants during the pre-draft process. The explanation from GM Jerry Reese on this pick will be interesting.
Here's Big Blue View's latest projected Giants depth chart, built off the version we compiled following the Richburg pick:
QB -- Eli Manning, Curtis Painter, Ryan Nassib, Josh Freeman, Rusty Smith
RB -- Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis, David Wilson, Michael Cox, Kendall Gaskins
FB -- John Conner, Henry Hynoski
TE -- Adrien Robinson, Kellen Davis, Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells
WR -- Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Odell Beckham Jr., Mario Manningham, Julian Talley, Kris Adams, Preston Parker, Trindon Holliday, Marcus Harris, Travis Harvey
LT -- Will Beatty, Charles Brown,John Jerry, Troy Kropog
LG -- Geoff Schwartz, James Brewer, John Jerry, Eric Herman,Stephen Goodin
C -- J.D. Walton, Weston Richburg, Dallas Reynolds, Stephen Goodin
RG -- Chris Snee, John Jerry, Brandon Mosley, Eric Herman, Stephen Goodin
RT -- Justin Pugh, Steven Baker, Charles Brown, John Jerry
DT -- Johnathan Hankins, Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn, Jay Bromley
DE -- Jason Pierre-Paul, Robert Ayers, Mathias Kiwanuka, Damontre Moore, Kendrick Adams
SLB -- Jameel McClain, Kendrick Adams
MLB -- Jon Beason, Mark Herzlich, Allen Bradford
WLB -- Spencer Paysinger, Jacquian Williams, Spencer Adkins
CB -- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond, Trumaine McBride, Zack Bowman, Jayron Hosley, Charles James, Laron Scott, Travis Howard
S -- Antrel Rolle, Will Hill, Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps, Cooper Taylor, Junior Mertile, Chaz Powell, Ross Weaver