Monday, April 27, 2009
Analyzing the New York Giants 2009 Draft
The Giants made nine picks in the 2009 NFL Draft, and now I'm going to analyze them.
Round 1, Pick 29: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
Hakeem Nicks (6-1, 212) gives the Giants the wide receiver they needed, he can come in and start right away. Another strength is that he has a nack for making "circus catches" which is much needed when playing in the windy Meadowlands.
Round 2, Pick 45: Clint Sintim, OLB, Virginia
Clint Sintim (6-3, 256) gives the Giants the linebacker they badly needed. Sintim will come in and more than likely start on day one. He will play strong side linebacker opposite free agent pickup Michael Boley.
Round 2, Pick 60: William Beatty, OT, UConn
William Beatty (6-6, 307) brings offensive line depth, and a project. Currently David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie are the starting tackles and although Beatty will put pressure on them for the starting job, more than likely he'll stay on the bench and play "swing tackle". This pick more than likely means the end of the road for Guy Whimper on another benched tackle.
Round 3, Pick 85: Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly
Ramses Barden (6-6, 229) is a raw talent and has the potential to be a Plaxico Burress type player for the Giants. After playing at Cal Poly he went unnotice until the Mustangs took on the Wisconsin Badgers in which Barden had a stellar game that showed scouts he wasn't just a "jump up and get it" type wideout. I expect Barden to be the starter of the future along side Hakeem Nicks but for now he'll be the third or fourth guy.
Round 3, Pick 100: Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin
Travis Beckum (6-3, 243) is a god awful blocker, and will not do any of that in New York. Instead he'll play on the offensive line and just catch passes (i.e. he'll play halfback) and he's a nice compliment to blocking tight end Kevin Boss.
Round 4, Pick 129: Andre Brown, RB, NC State
Andre Brown (6-0, 124) will bring his injuries to New York as he had two surgeries in 2007 for a fractured foot, but the Giants don't seem to be too worried about it. He will compete with Danny Ware for the third spot in this year's "Earth, Wind and Fire".
Round 5, Pick 151: Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston State
Rhett Bomar (6-2, 225) brings "speed" and a big arm to the Giants. I guess this is the best the Giants could do in this weak senior quarterback class but after putting up 340 yards against Kansas this season he should be a quality backup for the Giants and will compete with David Carr for that job.
Round 6, Pick 200: DeAndre Wright, CB, New Mexico
DeAndre Wright (5-11, 198) is a solid cover corner, but has a small frame and had surgery on both shoulders this offseason. Will most likely have to fight for one of the last roster spots and I personally believe he'll beat out Rashad Barksdale (practice squad guy last year) and fellow draft pick Stoney Woodson for the fifth cornerback spot.
Round 7, Pick 238: Stoney Woodson, CB, South Carolina
Stoney Woodson (5-11, 197) has poor size and poor speed and I doubt he'll make a career in the NFL. He's most likely camp foder and a probable practice squad member.
Undrafted Free Agents
New York has signed six undrafted free agents so far: defensive ends Maurice Evans and Alex Field, linebacker Kenny Ingram, safeties Sha'reff Rashard and Otis Wiley and cornerback Vince Anderson. All are camp bodies who will eventually end up on the practice squad.