Dave Klein was the Giants' beat
writer for The Star-Ledger from 1961 to 1995.
He is the author of 26 books
and he is one of only three sportswriters to have covered all the Super Bowls.
Dave has allowed TEAM GIANTS to reprint some of his articles.
TACKLE, RUNNING BACK, TIGHT END LOOM AS POSITIONS
FOR GIANTS TO CONSIDER AS
FIRST ROUND PICK
Assuming for a moment that quarterback isn't the Giants' most dire need for the
2017 offense - although one missed block could turn Eli Manning into a bench casualty
- where would you rank the other positions?
We offer three choices - personal opinions rather than misleading, cloudy responses
from the team's scouting staff, and perhaps the hoped-for logic will come through.
For instance, an offensive tackle who
can play the left side. Wouldn't that be nice? Well, in the first round, where
the Giants will have the 23rd overall selection - one might find Ryan Ramczyk,
6-3 and 215 from Wisconsin; Cam Robinson, 6-6 and 310 from Alabama; and Garrett
Bolles, 6-5 and 295 from Utah.
of the way-to-early mock drafters have anointed Ramczyk as the first pick of that
threesome, but others who speak without fear of identification suggest that Bolles
might be the smart money selection.
you vote for a tight end? Well, first of all, unless his name is Gronkowski, one
doesn't normally take a tight and in the first round, but if one did that anyway
the two best choices appear to be O.J. Howard of Alabama and David Njoku of Miami
(Fla.). Howard is the choice here at 6-5 and 250, and because of the position
he plays there is a chance he'll still be there at 23. Not likely, but a chance.
Njoku is more likely. He's 6-4 and 240 and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.53.
say the first pick should be a running back, what with the release of Rashad Jennings
and the serious non-performance of the rest. Well, rookie Paul Perkins looked
good enough to steal time from Jennings, but was that because of his performance
or Jennings' lack of performance?
have identified for you three running backs for your first-round consideration,
and you should be reasonably familiar with one of them - Christian McCaffrey of
Stanford. His father, Ed, was the team's third-round pick in 1991, also out of
Stanford, and played through the 1993 season, when he was mysteriously released
by then head coach Dan Reeves.
up his career with the Denver Broncos and played through 1993, spent a year in
San Francisco and from 1995 through 2003 with Denver. He has two Super Bowl rings
- one with the Niners, one with the Broncos.
other two are 5-11, 200-pound Dalvin Cook of Florida State and 6-1, 230-pound
Leonard Fournette of LSU. McCaffrey, who finished third in the most recent Heisman
Trophy voting, is 6-0 and 200. All will go in the first round, probably before
the 23rd selection is made.
probably been told that this is not a good year for quarterbacks, and that can
be interpreted two ways - this isn't a good year for quarterbacks or the Giants
might find a gem at 23. But if the former is true, than those deemed possibilities
might be gone long before Jerry Reese and his band of bean-counters gets to make
For the rest, and without endorsement,
the three who have a first-round chance are Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina,
DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame and Deshawn Watson of Clemson.
it would be well to remember that first-round rookie quarterbacks almost never
turn into starters, with apologies to the latest such wunderkind, Philadelphia's
Carson Wentz of the Eagles.
- The latest on recently released wide receiver Victor Cruz is that he will not
have the chance to re-sign with the Giants because he has already had tryouts
with Carolina and Jacksonville and the Denver Broncos have issued favorable statements
concerning a tryout for him.
option appears favorable, since the man in charge - Director of Football Operations,
is Tom Coughlin, who was the Giants' head coach during the entire Cruz excitement.
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