I loved the Giants' selection of Miami safety Kenny Phillips with their first-round pick, No. 31 overall, Saturday in the NFL Draft.
If you frequent this site, you know Phillips is the guy I had been hoping the Giants would target with their first choice.
As far as I'm concerned, it worked out perfectly.
Phillips comes from Miami, where churning out great safeties is a way of life. See Ed Reed, Sean Taylor, Brandon Meriweather and Bennie Blades.
He was the best safety available, and fills a huge need for the Giants who had only stop-gaps Sammy Knight and James Butler, and the still-developing Michael Johnson.
Scouts Inc.'s take
How he fits: Phillips was the safest pick and makes the most sense because of the loss of Gibril Wilson in the offseason. Sammy Knight is best used as a box safety and SS James Butler's contract is up next year. The Giants have the most explosive pass-rushing unit in the NFL and Phillips will stabilize the back end. This addresses a major need on their team.
Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger has some extensive info on GM Jerry Reese's feelings about Phillips.
Here is part of what Reese said.
I agree. This was the right pick for the Giants.
Let's see what Reese has up his sleeves today. He has six picks from rounds 3 thru 6.