The 2013 NFL Draft is approaching and by now we have covered nearly all feasible options for the New York Giants in the first round (with the exception of Tavon Austin, Cordarrelle Patterson, or another wide receiver) and now we'll be using our 2013 NFL Draft prospect profiles to look at second-round targets and late-round or undrafted free agents, plus any players the Giants have rumored to be in contact with. Today, I want to take at a look at a guy who could be an option for the Giants in the second round, or, with any luck, the third. That would be Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer.
Good height and suitable size (6-foot, 191 pounds). Poyer is a fluid athlete with good short area quickness and a good backpedal. Poyer has good ball skills and does a good job of not only competing for balls in the air but coming away with them. He has been an asset in the return game for the Beavers and should provide depth there. He is an energetic leader.
Poyer does not have dynamic speed and might not have the strength to match up with physical outside wide receivers and could be better suited to play the slot. He's a willing tackler, but not a great one.
Player comparison: Tarrell Brown (NFL.com), Brian Mcain (Mockingthedraft.com)
Does He Fit With The Giants?
You can never have too many cornerback prospects, but to me he's similar in ways to Jayron Hosley and might be redundant a bit on the Giants -- at least in the second round, I think he'd be good value in the third round and worth the pick there.
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Big Board Rankings
Sports Illustrated-Outside the top 40
Big Blue View Board-35th
Poyer should be a very productive and useful NFL cornerback. He might not have the chops to make it at a starter for his whole career on the outside, but he possesses good quickness and ball skills that could make him a dangerous slot player. I think he has good upside, which is why he's higher on my board than most because I think in the right system he could be, at his very best, an Asante Samuel type cornerback because of his instincts and ball skills. But he's going to be a quality player for some team in the NFL for some time. That doesn't always excite general managers, so his value is probably closer to the late second or mid-third round on most draft boards.
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