Jay Bromley remains the New York Giants' lone unsigned draft pick, but it's naturally only a matter of time before the third-round defensive tackle from Syracuse officially enters the fold. Once that happens, the Giants' defensive line will get a badly-needed infusion of youth -- aside from second-year player Johnathan Hankins, New York will be relying upon 33-year-old Cullen Jenkins and 30-year old Mike Patterson. Between them, there's 21 years of NFL experience.
As a reminder, we're running through the Giants' full roster in anticipation of training camp, which begins July 21 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
2013 Season in Review
Bromley is a 6-foot-3, 306-pound tackle who was also a captain his senior year at Syracuse. He notched 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2013 for the Orange, who capped the season with a Texas Bowl victory over Minnesota. The Giants selected the, Jamaica, N.Y., native with the 10th pick of the third round, considerably higher than the majority of the pre-draft grades assigned to him.
If you presume Hankins and Jenkins as the starters at tackle, Bromley figures to slide into one of the two back-up spots behind them. Backing up that notion is general manager Jerry Reese's comments after the pick:
"[Bromley] can definitely start and jump in our rotation and help us out," Reese said.
"Size, speed, another team captain. We like team captains. We think this kid has a lot of upside, 10 sacks from the inside position. Lots of things to like about the kid, long arms, all the things that you like for your defensive tackle to have, He can run, he has long arms, plays hard. I think our coaching staff is going to really like this kid."
BBV's Raptor22 has a thorough film study of Bromley, whom he has a favorable impression of.
Bromley was one of the more productive defensive tackles in college football in 2013, but he rarely got any recognition for it. By all accounts he is a young man of very high character, and as both his tape and the NFL scouting combine showed, he has intriguing physical tools.
Bromley's play is certainly inconsistent. He shows flashes of dominance, but there are also times he gets stood up and taken out of plays too easily. But, his play and production also improved every year at Syracuse. Perhaps we all should have noticed when some tried to call attention to him during the season. If his work ethic is as strong as those who have been around him say, he could not only live up to his draft position, but out-play it.