The 2012 NFL draft finally came and is already gone. The New York Giants wasted no time addressing a lot of their biggest needs to help the team march toward defending their Super Bowl title.
In the first round on Thursday night, the Giants selected David Wilson, the RB out of Virginia Tech.
I was surprised the Giants went with a RB in the first round. However, Wilson is a great player. He is 5’9″ and 209lbs.
Everywhere I read talks about Wilson’s off-field personality. How he’s a well dressed young man that always has a smile on his face. However, the Giants did not draft him for his smile or personality.
In 2011 he rushed for 1,709 yards, won the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, and ran the 40 yard dash in 4.49 seconds at the combine.
Despite the Giants winning Super Bowl XLVI, their rushing game finished last in all of the NFL. Ahmad Brandshaw and Brandon Jacbos both suffered injuries and missed a few weeks and DJ Ware had to pick up the slack. The Giants released Jacobs and Bradshaw is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. Wilson will be a great addition to the depleting RB position.
He recently posted a YouTube video of himself doing 21 backflips. The Giants now how two extremely athletic, backflipping athletes in Wilson and Jason Pierre-Paul.
With Wilson’s height and speed he is going to have a great advantage against defenses. It’s going to be very hard to catch him.
Friday night in the second round, the Giants selected Reuben Randle, the WR out of LSU.
I really love this pick. The Giants originally considered picking up Randle in the first round before choosing Wilson.
Randle is 6’3″, 210 lbs and GM Jerry Reese believes that Randle is NFL ready. Randle is going to be a perfect fit alongside Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. No disrespect to Mario Manningham, but I believe Randle eventually is going to have an even bigger impact on this Giants team. Whether it’s next season, or the one after.
Randle wasn’t a stand-out wide receiver in 2011, due to the fact that LSU threw an SEC low of 279 passes. However, when opportunity came, Randle didn’t pass it up.
He finished the 2011 season with 917 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He has five career 100-yard receiving games, four of which were in 2011 alone.
In the third round Friday night the Giants selected Jayron Hosley, CB from Virginia Tech.
Hosley is 5’10″ and 178lbs. He has a great physically presence about him that the Giants love.
Hosley did, however, fail a drug test at the combine after testing positive for marijuana. The Giants were well aware of the situation and have talked with Hosley about it and plan taking it professionally when he arrives at Giants camp.
In 2010 Hosley led all college players with nine interceptions, and fell three short of that mark in 2011. However, coach Tom Coughlin believes that it was because of his big year in 2010 that quarterbacks started to avoid throwing in his direction.
Hosley will be a great addition for the Giants secondary, which was riddled with injuries last season. Terrell Thomas,Prince Amukamara, and Cory Webster are all coming off injuries that sidelined them throughout the season.
Hosley finished 11th 2011 in punt returns with a 12.67 average. Domenik Hixon is coming off his second season in a row recovering from a torn ACL. Hosley can be a big help with returning punts and kickoffs and provide a lower risk for Hixon reinjuring his knee.
In the fourth round the Giants selected Adrien Robinson, the TE from Cincinnati.
Despite what other analysts were predicting, I still didn’t think the Giants were going to
select a TE in the draft. Even though they did lose both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum to ACL injuries, they still have Bear Pascoe and acquired Martellus Bennett from Dallas.
Robinson is 6’4″ and 264lbs and ran 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine. His speed and athleticism caught the eyes of the Giants scouts. Speed is something the Giants were lacking in the TE position.
The Giants had a second pick in the fourth round and drafted Brandon Mosley. An OT from Auburn.
Mosley is 6’3″ and 318lbs. He was the backup OT for Auburn at the start of 2010 and was the started by the time the season ended.
It doesn’t look the like the Giants are planning on resigning Kareem McKenzie after the signing of Sean Locklear. Mosley will have time to work with guys like David Diehl and Will Beatty and developing into a solid tackle.
What Eli Manning was missing from his offensive line last season was protection from his OT. McKenzie did not provide that protection. Hopefully one day Mosley will.
The Giants drafted a second OT in the sixth round. They selected Matt McCants from UAB. He started 42 games for UAB last season. McCants will only work to try and strengthen the OT position that was very weak last season. The Giants still have James Brewer, who was drafted last year, but did not play.
The Giants made their final pick in the seventh round, and that pick was Markus Kuhn, the DT from NC State.
Kuhn is from Weinheim, Germany and is the third Euro-trained player to be drafted in NFL history. He is 6’4″ and 303lbs.
Kuhn was introduced to the game in Germany and played for a the club Weinheim Longhorns before he came to the United States in search of a college scholarship. He finished the 2011 season with 45 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
Kuhn’s size and power gives him an advantage and can really solidify the DT position if there are injuries to starters.
Overall, my grade for the Giants in this year’s NFL draft is an A. I think they were able to collect some of the best players available and were able to address current issues the team was facing.
They Giants pretty much have the same team they had that won the Super Bowl, and even with losing some players they have gained valuable replacements. Giants fans should be very excited going forward toward the new season.