Giants add to offense, LB corps in the the last rounds. The Giants never take
Eli Manning off the field, and Tom Coughlin and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride
might prefer to punt rather than turn to what they consider to be gimmick formation.
That probably will not change -- despite the addition of Jerrel Jernigan, the
Giants' third-round draft pick on Friday, a small, fleet receiver from Troy who
brings a Wildcat threat to his new team.
more the NFL became infatuated with the Wildcat in recent years, the more
Jerrel Jernigan would get excited. His skills fit the offense perfectly. He ran
it well and often at Troy. "I enjoy watching it," he said. "Every time I see it,
I say to myself, 'That's something that I can see myself doing when I go up there.'"
If he does, it'll bring a whole new look to the offense of the Giants, one of
the few teams left that have never run a true Wildcat play.
Giants selected Greg Jones with the first of their three sixth-round picks,
despite questions about his height (6 feet) and a subpar senior season. The reason:
production. "He's played at a high level (and is a) very instinctive player,"
Reese said of the 185th overall pick. "He's another guy who's going to come
in with a chip on his shoulder because I'm pretty sure he feels like he should've
been picked a lot higher than where he got picked."
some franchises might have adapted to select players who could help fill holes,
it was business as usual for the Giants from the moment they drafted cornerback
Prince Amukamara on Thursday night until their final selection when, as Reese
put it, they "took a flier" on speedy Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott.
They came away without any interior linemen and didn't grab any linebackers until
the sixth round when they took Michigan State's Greg Jones and South Florida's
More on first round
pick Prince Amukamara.
Sunday Q & A with... Prince Amukamara.
Amukamara's sisters made royal treatment nothing new for Giants' prized NFL
booed Commissioner Roger Goodell at the draft, because that was a way of booing
the whole sport. The boos weren't about the real courts where the NFL finds itself
these days, just the court of public opinion. And as long as there is a game between
the Packers and Saints on Thursday night, Sept. 8, as long as the doors are back
open on the night the NFL is supposed to officially open back up for business,
they don't care. Neither side.
you want to know how much havoc -- and potentially how much damage -- the
NFL's labor battle is inflicting on its on-field product, look no further than
this week's draft. The league is so eager to trump the players and their decertified
union that it isn't even letting most rookies drafted this week get copies of
those playbooks or talk strategy their new coaches while the lockout is in effect.
Apr 30 - UPDATE
their final pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Giants selected Maryland running
back Da'Rel Scott. This shouldn't come as a surprise to many that the Giants drafted
someone to add depth to the backfield, but most people thought it would happen
much earlier. That seems to be the theme of the Giants third day picks. Da'Rel
Scott is brings a ton of speed to the table and could give the Giants a serious
weapon in the passing game from the running back position.
30 - UPDATE The
Giants have taken South Florida outside linebacker Jacquian Williams with
their third and final pick in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. New
York (10-6) used all three picks to bolster its defense, taking Michigan State
inside linebacker Greg Jones and Iowa safety Tyler Sash before picking Williams,
who was a teammate of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants' first-round
choice last year. Williams led South Florida with 71 tackles, including 11 for
losses. He also had 2 1/2 sacks and one interception..
30 - UPDATE The
Giants have taken Iowa safety Tyler Sash with their second of three picks
in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. The choice of Sash came a little
more than 10 minutes after New York (10-6) took Michigan State inside linebacker
Greg Jones. Sash has a nose for the ball. He had 13 interceptions in just three
years on the field, although only two came this past season. He could fit right
into the rotation since veteran Deon Grant is a free agent and may not be back.
Sash also had 79 tackles this past season.
30 - UPDATE The
Giants did not have a pick in the fifth round. They have taken Michigan State
inside linebacker Greg Jones with the first of their three picks in the sixth
round. Jones was among the Spartans' all-time leaders in tackles for loss with
46 1/2 and third all time in tackles with 465. He led the team or tied for team
lead in tackles in 31 of his last 39 games. Jones produced double-figure tackle
games 20 times and led the led the team in that category four straight years,
becoming only the second Spartan to accomplish that feat.
30 - UPDATE The
Giants selected an offensive lineman in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
They selected Indiana tackle James Brewer with the 117th overall pick. Brewer
is a right tackle, so he could be a potential replacement down the line for Kareem
McKenzie, who has one year left on his contract. ... On the left side, the Giants
have Shawn Andrews, David Diehl and William Beatty but the Giants could move Diehl
to left guard with Rich Seubert on the mend. Shaun O'Hara should be ready to go
by the season opener at center after undergoing two surgeries in the offseason.
manager Jerry Reese called Brewer "a late bloomer" who only played
one year of football in high school because he was concentrating on basketball.
"He probably thought he was going to be a basketball player but you don't
see a lot of 335-pound basketball players." Brewer played exclusively at
right tackle in college but Reese said the Giants consider him a right or left
Prince Amukamara arrived at Nebraska and was told his days as a running back
were over, he wanted to transfer immediately. Four years later, the newest Giant
is glad he stayed at cornerback. "You just have to switch your mentality
from offense to defense," the 19th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft
said Friday in his first press conference at the Giants' facility in East Rutherford.
arrived Friday afternoon to get a tour of the Timex Performance Center, meet
Tom Coughlin, and participate in his first NFL press conference. The Giants, never
expecting to have a shot at him, did not have much contact with Amukamara during
the pre-draft process. Cornerbacks coach Peter Giunta went through drills with
him at the scouting combine but that's about it. Meeting Coughlin went as expected.
the Giants got a steal with their first-round draft pick in Prince Amukamara,
Friday night's second-round pick could end up being the grandest heist of all.
Otherwise, the Giants could be left holding the bag. Marvin Austin comes to them
as a risk. He was suspended for his entire senior season at North Carolina, was
suspended for two games in 2008 and benched for two games in '09. All that will
not matter if the 6-2, 309-pound defensive tackle can create havoc like the guy
he was once compared to - last year's Rookie of the Year, Ndamukong Suh. If things
work out, it's quite possible that, picking 19th and 52nd, the Giants came away
with two top 15 players for a defense that had its ups and downs last year.
team Friday night selected the North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin
in the second round of the NFL Draft, with the 52nd overall pick. One round later,
they added a wide receiver in Jerrel Jernigan from Troy. From a talent standpoint,
the selection of the 6-2, 312-pound Austin was a steal, as he was being compared
to the top tackles in last year's draft because of his quickness off the ball
and what Reese termed a "nasty" streak on the field. From a personal
standpoint, it was a risk because of many character concerns. Which is why Austin
can expect the same speech Bradshaw received when he makes his first appearance
at the team's facility.
New York Giants addressed needs at wide receiver and at the return game by
taking Jerrel Jernigan in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday. A three-time
first-team All-Sun Belt selection, Jernigan had 84 catches for 822 yards and six
touchdowns this season. He also added 322 yards and three touchdowns rushing and
two touchdowns in the return game, one on a punt return and another on a kickoff.
a little guy, but he's extremely fast," Giants director of college scouting
Marc Ross said of the 5-8, 181-pound Jernigan, who ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash
at the scouting combine. "(He has) just a great feel for the game. ...He's
going to add some speed to our team on offense and special teams." As a receiver,
he could quickly serve as an option in the slot, particularly since Steve Smith
is in the midst of a delicate recovery from surgery to repair cartilage damage
in his knee.
Apr 29 On
the night before the Royal Wedding, the Giants found their Prince. In what
was only a fairy tale-like scenario before the draft began, the Giants ended up
with one of the top defensive backs in the NFL draft when Nebraska cornerback
Prince Amukamara surprisingly fell into their laps. He was almost universally
pegged as a Top 10 selection, but somehow fell all the way to 19. Now, all of
a sudden, the Giants have a secondary filled with top picks.
was widely believed Amukamara would be long gone well before the Giants' turn
came up and, even though the position is not a glaring need, it was simply too
much value to pass up. So, with the top running back in the draft, Mark Ingram,
still on the board, and a quality left tackle, Anthony Castonzo, available, the
Giants trusted their draft board and happily took Amukamara, whom Tom Coughlin
said was "clearly the highest-rated player on the board.''
Manager Jerry Reese said, "There are a lot of things to like about Prince."
Unless you're Aaron Ross. The selection of Amukamara means the Giants' first-round
pick in 2007 might very well be entering his final year with the team. Starting
cornerback Corey Webster is signed through 2013 and Terrell Thomas joins Ross
as a free agent following this upcoming season. The presence of all three players
means it could be tough for Amukamara to get a lot of playing time this upcoming
Giants entered the draft eying help on the offensive line. Florida center
Mike Pouncey, who figured to be in their thinking, was selected by Miami with
the 15th selection. Offensive tackle Nate Solder from Colorado, another player
the Giants coveted, went off the board to New England at No. 17. Running back
Mark Ingram of Alabama and tackle Anthony Castonzo still were on the board, but
Amukamara's grade trumped them all, even though his interception total dropped
from five in 2010 to zero in 2011.
Ingram - It would have been a wonderful tearjerker ... son of a former Giant
with the same name who currently is serving time in Beaumont, Texas. A Heisman
Trophy winner out of Alabama who has handled himself with grace and class. Who
talked about how neat it would be to play in the Big Apple for the organization
that got his dad a Super Bowl ring 21 years ago under Bill Parcells. Who smiled
alongside Justin Tuck yesterday morning as he posed in Manhattan alongside a Subway
sandwich bust of him made out of chicken salad. Who has been compared to Emmitt
NFL Draft Pick List and Results - Round 1
here - Newton, three QBs in Top 10 highlight dramatic first round. The Carolina
Panthers didn't pull any last-minute surprises, selecting Auburn quarterback Cam
Newton with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
28 - UPDATE The
NFL prepares to get back to business Friday, likely under 2010 rules, if a
lockout isn't reinstated. All aspects of club-player relations will resume at
8 a.m. Friday - except for player transactions. The league is waiting until Friday
before telling the clubs how to proceed on signings and trades.
is a big draft for Giants general manager Jerry Reese. They all are. A scout
at heart (and by job description), who moved up in the business based on his ability
to project college players on the next level, Reese ran the draft for the Giants
for four years as the Director of Player Personnel and began having final say
in 2007, when he took over as general manager after Ernie Accorsi retired. Reese
struck immediate gold, selecting five players who paid dividends as contributors
to a Super Bowl winner.
most obvious need is an outside linebacker, an ongoing issue for the Giants.
This, however, is not the draft to find a first-round linebacker unless you are
holding one of the top five picks, in which case you take Texas A&M's Von Miller,
sit back and smile. There might not be another true linebacker -- not counting
converted pass-rush defensive ends -- taken in the first round. Any other linebacker
the Giants might take at No. 19 would be considered a reach.
Giants like to say they draft the best player available, not just for need.
But in the Jerry Reese era, they've certainly picked the right years to need the
best player available. Cornerback Aaron Ross (2007), safety Kenny Phillips (2008),
wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (2009) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (2010) all
helped fill needs as rookies and became productive starters by their second seasons
(Pierre-Paul notwithstanding). Many experts believe 19th overall is a bit high
for Florida C/G Mike Pouncey, while others think this spot would be just right.
Seubert says he has not followed the NFL Draft since the 2001 version, in
which he was not included. The Giants' veteran offensive lineman, testament to
the fact this process is not an exact science, also says he won't be watching
tonight when his team makes the 19th selection in the first round. That's even
though the selection may be an offensive lineman.
is going all right with Seubert's knee right about now. Well, at least as
well as he could hope after undergoing surgery to repair a torn patella tendon
and torn MCL, as well as to fix a hole in the cartilage of his knee. "I feel
good. I feel better than I thought I'd be feeling right now," he said. "We'll
see how it goes. I still have to build up my leg muscles and maybe by June I can
start jogging and see how it feels."
is the last time you were surprised by something the Giants did in the first
round of the draft? I mean really surprised - truly blown away. Not just caught
off guard because the receiver you thought they were going to take went two picks
earlier, so they took another receiver instead. I mean when was the last time
they went for a player or position that you never imagined, that hardly anyone
in the media had talked about in the weeks of hype before the NFL draft?The
NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night from Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.
In Thursday's first round, Tom Coughlin and the Giants hold the 19th pick, while
Rex Ryan and the Jets select 30th. The Daily News' Gary Myers scouts around the
league and presents his take on how the first 32 selections may shake out, including
three quarterbacks in the top 10.
Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night
nor Judge Nelson can deprive Post readers of the annual Steve
Serby Mock Draft. A special thanks to eagle-eyed Dave Razzano, former scout
for the 49ers, Rams and Cardinals and currently blogger for Playmaker Mobile;
and Jim Sabo, the Ourlad's scouting guru since 1981, for their expert opinions.
History tonight at Radio City Music Hall ... the draft that precedes free agency
... the draft that could see as many as eight quarterbacks selected over the first
two rounds tonight and tomorrow.