round (19th overall)|
Second round (49th overall
Third round (81st overall)
Fourth round (110th overall)
Fifth round: (152nd overall)
Sixth round - No pick
Seventh round (225th overall)
OT Justin Pugh|
DT Johnathan Hankins
DE Damontre Moore
QB Ryan Nassib
S Cooper Taylor
OG Eric Herman
RB Michael Cox
Draft 2013 - Rounds 1 - 7 | Round
1: Pick-by-pick analysis
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May 1 Special
Report - Now that the draft is over, you must have looked over the list of
the Giants' draftees and wondered: Why this guy? Why in this round? What about
him, or that, or on and on? To ask questions about any draft class is not only
valid but prudent. So let's ask aloud one question about each player the Giants
Coughlin and John Mara both said repeatedly that they wanted to get better
in the trenches, the offensive and defensive lines. Meanwhile Reese dropped a
clue about having had more than just a passing fancy about the time now being
right to develop a quarterback. So in looking at the Giants draft class, was it
any coincidence that four of their seven picks represented the trenches and a
fifth guy is the quarterback?
Cruz is the only restricted free agent still unsigned by the Giants, and Tom
Coughlin is concerned. Speaking on WFAN Monday afternoon, Coughlin said he hoped
at this point Cruz would have signed a deal and been involved in offseason workouts.
The deadline for another team to sign restricted free agents to an offer sheet
was April 19. Read more: Giants' Coughlin: Cruz contract situation 'has to be
first-round draft choice Justin Pugh arrives for rookie minicamp next week,
he will be issued his Giants helmet, pads and jersey. Chris Snee suggests he bring
another piece of equipment. "Pugh, if you are reading this, get a credit
card," Snee said. Let the initiation begin.
Giants rookie minicamp which is scheduled for May 10-11 will have more than
just the 7 drafted rookies. It will also include guys who were on the practice
squad, guys signed to reserve/future contracts who were not on an NFL roster last
year, the undrafted free agents who signed the standard three-year deal, and a
handful of tryout players hoping to convince the coaches to invite them to summer
Apr 30 The
Giants did not know which specific players they would select in the NFL Draft,
but they did have a definitive strategy as to what areas of need they wanted to
address. Sure, they always attempt to pick the best player available when their
selection rolls around, but this year - more than most years - they had a pre-set
goal in mind. Get bigger and tougher up front.
was a shocker at the time when the Giants traded up and did so for a quarterback.
Drafting Ryan Nassib in the fourth round and moving up and surrendering a sixth-round
pick for a guy that Jerry Reese honestly hopes never plays had a lot of fans scratching
their heads. There were cornerbacks, safeties and (gasp!) linebackers available
in the fourth round.
Manning doesn't know Ryan Nassib, but he understands the challenges the youngster
is about to face."It's not learning the stuff - you're going to learn it,"
he said. "It's knowing how to execute it on the field. When things break
down or when your first read's not there and you have to go to your second read,
you have to make good decisions and play at a high level each and every play."
times since 2006, and twice since 2009, the Eagles and Giants have gone after
the same position in the first round of the draft. Each time the Eagles picked
first and each time the Giants, as it turned out, got the better player. Did it
happen again this year? Chip Kelly and Co. better hope they did better than their
predecessors in head-to-head picks with Giants general manager Jerry Reese and
his personnel staff. This year it happened twice."
Manning kind of figured it would happen sooner or later. The Giants' franchise
quarterback knew the team could draft a young quarterback prospect to learn behind
him. So when the Giants traded up to grab Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, Manning felt
it was good to finally have a highly regarded rookie in the quarterbacks room
top pick Justin Pugh grew into football out of hockey. Perhaps no one has
had Pugh's best interests at heart more than his stepfather. Pugh's parents divorced
when he was in kindergarten and his mother, Carolyn, remarried a few years later.
Pugh was rambunctious and spoiled to the core by his mother and sister when Frank
Gavaghan came into his life. Gavaghan was a law-and-order guy. He put an end to
Pugh's temper tantrums.
Report - While you were you giving undivided attention to what the New York
Giants were doing in the 2013 Draft -- at least, you are paying attention now
-- the three other NFC East teams also feasted on the available college players,
with varying success. It is important to note that while we have no idea how well
these players will develop, it isn't unfair to try to gauge which team -- Dallas,
Philadelphia, Washington -- may have had the best draft. We need to take a close
at what Giants rivals did since they'll play each other twice each this season,
so let's do it.
Card: Grading the Giants' draft. A lot of the players the Giants were eyeing
had been picked. Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker, Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro and LSU
safety Eric Reid were all gone. In fact, the Niners traded with the Cowboys to
take Reid right before the Giants picked. So the Giants opted to fill a big need
with an offensive lineman they feel can play tackle, guard or center.
27 - UPDATE - The
Giants selected Ohio guard Eric Herman and UMass RB Michael Cox with their
two seventh-round picks. Herman, who is 6-foot-4, 320 pounds, started three seasons
at right guard before moving to right tackle his senior season. Ohio University
records pancake blocks, and Herman recorded team-highs, including 128 his senior
season. Cox played for Michigan from 2008-11 before transferring to the University
of Massachusetts. He started all 12 games at running back for UMass in 2012, recording
715 yards and five touchdowns on 198 carries.
East draft analysis - The draft started off heavy in the NFC East, as the
three teams with first-round picks this year used them on offensive linemen. And
while there were a few little surprises and treats along the way, it never really
got hot. All four of the division's teams had workmanlike drafts that balanced
need and value and didn't stray into any of the juicy storylines. No Manti Te'o,
Geno Smith or Tyrann Mathieu for us.
Giants finally added to the back of their defense in the fifth round, selecting
Richmond safety Cooper Taylor with the No. 152 pick overall. Taylor is a massive
safety who could flex to linebacker, with a 6-foot-4, 228-pound frame. He missed
a few games with a knee injury in 2011, and last year damaged his pectoral muscle
during a lift in June then broke a bone in each hand. The Giants had Taylor in
for a pre-draft visit, which may have been for a medical check-up.
March 19th, 2013, Cooper Taylor was measured at 228 pounds for scouts in attendance
for the Spiders' Pro Day. He exploded out of the blocks and was timed at 4.49
seconds in the 40-yard dash. Taylor was also clocked at 1.60 seconds in the 10-yard
dash. He added a 4.29-second timing in the 20-yard short shuttle and performed
the three-cone drill in 6.96 seconds. In other agility tests, he lifted 225 pounds
23 times during the bench press drill. He added a 36 ½-inch vertical jump and
10-foot, 7-inch broad jump.
Giants made an interesting and uncharacteristic move in the fourth round of
the NFL draft, trading up six spots and picking Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib
with the 110th overall selection. Nassib is the second Syracuse player the Giants
and Syracuse-alum head coach Tom Coughlin have taken in this year's draft, joining
first-round offensive lineman Justin Pugh.
Nassib appeared in 48 games at Syracuse, starting his final 38 contests...Completed
791-of-1,312 passes (60.29%) for 9,190 yards, 70 touchdowns and 28 touchdowns...Scored
six more times on 242 carries for 168 yards (0.69 ypc) and caught one pass for
a 4-yard loss. Taking over a young offensive unit that had ranked 94th among 120
major college teams with an average of 330.42 yards per game in 2009, Nassib would
close out his career guiding a unit that ranked 17th nationally and paced the
Big East Conference with an average of 476.00 yards per game in 2012.
Giants have used their first three draft picks this year on linemen, last
night adding Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins with the 49th overall
pick, in the second round, and Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore with the
81st overall pick, in the third round. They join Justin Pugh, the Syracuse tackle
taken Thursday night, in what has been a display of the Giants' commitment to
get better in the trenches.
Giants spent the 2012 season protecting Eli Manning with an aging offensive
line, and fighting in vain to stop the run with an undersized, veteran-laden defensive
line. Three rounds into this NFL draft, those two units have gotten younger, bigger
and faster. A trench makeover that began Thursday with the first-round selection
of Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh continued on Friday, as the Giants found
explosive talent and serious beef for their defensive line.
a span of about 22 hours, the Giants added some 871 pounds to their respective
lines of scrimmage. Their two picks last night specifically targeted 2012 weaknesses
in run defense and pass rush. They added Hankins to a defense that ranked 31st
overall last season, including a troubling 25th against the run (129.1 yards allowed
per game on 4.6 yards per carry). Then they added Moore, who had 12 1/2 sacks
and 21 tackles for losses to a pass rush that produced only 33 sacks last season.
"We were 31st in league on defense ... that's enough said," coach Tom
Coughlin said last night.
26 - UPDATE - The
Giants took aim at solving one of their greatest weaknesses last season by
selecting Ohio State's run-stopping defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins in the
second round Friday night. The Giants went pass rusher in the third round when
they nabbed Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore, once projected as a first-round
talent who likely scared some teams away with poor NFL Combine numbers. Moore,
20, collected 26.5 sacks in three career seasons with the Aggies, leading Giants
director of college scouting Marc Ross to say, "The guy's production is off
the charts when you compare him to the guys picked ahead of him at his position."
Giants selected Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore with their third round pick. Moore
is an intriguing prospect, whose career got off to a blazing start, sharing the
limelight with All-American Von Miller at the "Joker" position during
his freshman season. Moore has been relentless in his attacks in the backfield,
as his 26.5 quarterback sacks are not only fifth-best among active players, but
rank sixth in school history. A collision-type tackler, he caused eight fumbles
during his 38-game career and has also been a capable performer on special teams,
where he was credited with a pair of blocked kicks.
Osi Umenyiora leaving for the Atlanta Falcons in free agency, the Giants needed
to replenish their pass rush pantry. So with their third-round pick (No. 81 overall),
the Giants selected defensive end Damontre Moore of Texas A&M. Moore was extremely
well regarded a year ago, and there's no denying his talent or his collegiate
production (26.5 sacks in three seasons). For those reasons, he represented great
value for the Giants at the pick. So what's the catch?
Giants passed on Florida DT Sharrif Floyd in the first round, but they went
defensive tackle in the second round. Johnathan Hankins is a big wide body who
will eat up space and hopefully solidify the run defense. The Giants finished
25th against the run in 2012. It has become clear that with their first two picks,
the Giants are making an effort to get stronger in the trenches on both the offensive
and defensive line.
is still developing consistent mechanics and needs to improve his hand usage,
but when he shoots and connects with his punch, he easily pushes the blocker back
on his heels. He is a very intense player who competes on instincts, but does
do a nice job of locating the ball when sifting through piles. He plays at the
low stance needed to explode off the snap to generate sudden movement into the
backfield and uses his arm swipes like clubs when defeating single blocks.
Shore Up Aging Offensive Line.
With an aging and oft-injured offensive
line, the Giants were expected to look seriously at guards and tackles during
the first round of Thursday's NFL draft. It helped that it was a draft deep with
talented offensive linemen. But when the four top-rated tackles and the two most
highly regarded guards were selected nearly an hour before the Giants picked 19th,
could the team still justify taking an offensive lineman? Talented defensive linemen
were still available, as was a celebrated tight end and the one of the best-known
players coming out of college, Manti Te'o. The Giants stayed the course and took
Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh.
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EAST - Two more rounds tonight.
25 - UPDATE - With
Alabama T D.J. Fluker and safeties Kenny Vaccaro and Eric Reid gone, the Giants
went for Syracuse's Justin Pugh to bolster the offensive line. The Giants passed
on Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who was projected by some to be a top-five
pick. The Giants, though, need an offensive lineman who could potentially start
at right tackle this season and in the future.
drew rave responses from his head coach, Doug Marrone, a former Syracuse offensive
lineman himself, when the Orange leader was asked who he thought was the best
offensive lineman in the Big East Conference. Pugh's elevation to the elite at
his position came through countless hours of hard work in preparing to be the
dominating blocker he has become on game day.
Pugh is the first offensive lineman they've taken in the first round since
Luke Petitgout in 1999. Pugh played tackle in college, but his arms measured short
at the combine, so the pre-draft consensus was that he might be better used at
guard in the NFL. The Giants have an immediate need at right tackle and could
try Pugh there. And with starters Kevin Boothe and Chris Snee returning at the
guard spots, there doesn't seem to be room for him to play guard for them right
a ton of holes on their 31st-ranked defense, the Giants reached down and added
some youth to their aging offensive line when they selected Syracuse tackle Justin
Pugh with the 19th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. Pugh was the
fifth offensive tackle and the seventh offensive lineman taken in the first round.
He was also was mostly forecasted to be a second-round pick. The 6-4, 307-pounder
could be an immediate factor for the Giants too. They did bring back David Diehl
at right tackle after he accepted a pay cut, but there's no guarantee he'll be
locked into a starting job.
Reese watched what he called "tape after tape after tape" of Justin
Pugh playing football for Syracuse over the last few months and kept an eye on
one particular aspect of his game. With 32-inch-long arms -- a little short for
an outside offensive lineman -- the Giants' general manager was looking for a
reason to knock him out of the first round, for an opportunity to say his wing
span was too much of a detriment to take him early in the draft. "I never
saw that come into play," Reese said.