After the New York Giants lost Victor Cruz to a patellar tendon tear in one of the worst games in recent memory against Philadelphia, even as Odell Beckham emerged as the league's hottest rising star, there's still a ton of questions about the Giants' wide receiving corps.
We know the Giants have been working out wide receivers in anticipation of the draft, could they possibly be in the market for Victor Cruz insurance? Let's take a look at a guy in Justin Hardy who could provide a reliable slot presence.
- Plays vicious and angry. Will knock you on your ass in run blocking and attacks the ball in the air.
- Terrific route runner. Makes sharp cuts and great acceleration in and out of breaks.
- Great body control and catch radius to contort body and adjust to errant throws
- Intelligent. Knows where the first round marker is and will adjust route/himself to get there.
- Slot receiver only at 5-foot-10, 192 pounds.
- Not physical enough to win consistently at the catch point due to his size.
- Not a deep threat
- Limited YACability for a slot guy
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Yes. He's a good fit for any team that needs a slot receiver. He's almost a prototype for the position, with the aggressiveness and anger needed to overcome the physical limitations. As Mike Mayock says, he's "quicker than fast" and he's got terrific body control to rein in catches in traffic. He's a good blocker and is ready to mash in the quagmire that is the shallow zone, where you've got corners, safeties, linebackers, running backs and others mucking around.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - Not in top 100
Mocking The Draft - 101
CBS Sports - 92
Draft Tek - 90
I saw a pro comparison of Beckham's teammate at LSU, Jarvis Landry, on Twitter for Hardy and I definitely think I agree with that. He plays with the same fire and the same passion to go down and do the dirty work. He may not have the extreme ability that Landry has to make those eye-popping catches but he certainly is capable of those. He goes late day 2 or early day 3 for me.