When NFL talent evaluators discuss draft prospects they talk about players "checking off boxes." Each position has its own "boxes." Well, when it comes to the New York Giants the eight drafts Jerry Reese has conducted as general manager have taught us that there are boxes he likes to check off as well.
As did on Saturday, Reese will always say he he looking for the "best player available" for each pick. Undeniably, though, Reese's 60 draft picks show some tendencies. He loves wide receivers -- only two of his eight drafts have gone by without one. He has not historically placed great value on the linebacker spot, only drafting one (Clint Sintim, Round 2, 2009) before the fourth round. He loves guys with freakish measurables or some type of physical characteristic that makes them stand apart. There are certain schools Reese seems to go back to again and again when making selections. He will take play-makers over offensive linemen. Remember this comment Reese made to WFAN's Mike Francesa:
"Any time there's a dynamic play-maker up there and a guard I'm taking the play-maker," Reese told Francesa. "You've gotta have play-makers in this league."
With that in mind, I have tried to construct the perfect Jerry Reese New York Giants seven-round NFL Mock Draft. Keep in mind that this is NOT a 'real' mock draft in the sense that I believe the real draft could turn out this way. This is simply a round-by-round effort to check off those "boxes" that Giants drafts directed by Reese have traditionally fit into. What I've done is chosen players who could be available, trying to check off as many of the "Reese boxes" as possible with each selection.
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia -- Soooo many 'Reese Boxes' checked off by this pick that it isn't funny. Wide receiver. Check. Physical freak. Well, the guy is 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and ran a 4.35 40-yard dash, second-fastest of any receiver at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. So, check. Play-maker. Check. Bypassing a chance to help the offensive line. Check. Yeah, this is a Reese kind of pick right here. Of course, White might not last until the ninth pick.
Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU -- Many Giants fans would hate this pick if the Giants actually made it in the real NFL Draft. Remember, though, our goal here isn't to give you a 'this is what we would do' kind of mock draft. Our goal, plain and simple, is to check off the 'Reese boxes.' This one checks off a bunch of them. The LSU box. The guy ran a 4.57 40 at the Combine with a 1.61 second 10-yard split. So, check off the physical freak box. Check off the defensive end box, too. Besides, NFL.com compares Hunter to Jason Pierre-Paul. That's not really a 'Reese box,' but check that off, anyway. Oh, you can also check off the 'ignore several draft-worthy linebackers' box right here. Probably the offensive line again, as well. Yep, definitely another Reese kind of pick.
Andy Gallik, C, Boston College -- If you are a Giants fan you understand that the Giants keep going back to the Boston College well. This is a place where Tom Coughlin coached, and the Giants have drafted a number of BC players. Gallik is the only Eagle with a draft-worthy grade this year, and to guarantee checking off the 'Boston College' box this is the choice that has to be made here.
Sean Hickey, OT, Syracuse -- The Giants, as you should know, seem to love players from Syracuse. They have ex-Syracuse stars Pugh, Ryan Nassib, Jay Bromley and Jameel McClain all on their current roster. Hickey checks off the Syracuse box. Physical freak? Check. Thirty-five bench press reps qualify him for that. Grabbing Hickey here also checks off the mid- to late-round offensive lineman 'Reese box.'
Davis Tull, OLB, Chattanooga -- Late-round flier on a linebacker? Check off that 'Reese box' with this pick.
Blake Sims, QB, Alabama -- Would the Giants really select a quarterback in the late rounds of this draft? Probably only if they were to trade Ryan Nassib. Selecting quarterbacks late in the draft is another Reese trademark, though. He has taken Nassib, Andre Woodson and Rhett Bomar, and also brought in Ryan Perrilloux. This pick checks off another 'Reese box.'
Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee (201st overall) -- Brutal honesty, here. I know zilch about this guy. I do know that selecting him checks off the 'late-round defensive back who will probably never amount to anything' box.
Chris Conley, WR, Georgia (220th overall) -- I know we checked off the wide receiver and physical freak 'Reese boxes' already. But this guy is 6-3, 213 pounds with 33 3/4-inch arms, ran a 4.41 40-yard dash and had by far the best vertical of all the wide receivers at the Combine, 45 inches. At this point this just feels like a guy Reese wouldn't pass on. He checks off too many 'Reese boxes.'