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  • Time to get the Draft Party Started: World Champs up First

    What has it been......2 weeks since the Super Bowl. Long enough! I am officially ready to get moving on the draft. I would love to have you guys start to break down team needs around the NFL. I will fill in the blanks with some film study and whatever I may know from visiting the teams. I will get us started with the Giants:

    1) My first choice for the Giants on offense would either be Tight End, running back or Left Tackle. David Diehl did a tremendous job moving from guard to tackle and allowing the Giants to survive the injury to Will Beatty. Diehl is not a left tackle and depth on the offensive line is greatly needed especially on the left side which other teams considered a weakness for the Giants.

    At running back, Brandon Jacobs may be gone and Ahmad Bradshaw has serious chronic injury issues with his feet and ankles. I cannot imagine the Giants going into next year without major help at running back. Jacobs is a blocking force on the edge, but the Giants have to get back to their run first style to help set up Eli and the passing game. Their late season surge got jump started when the running game improved.

    Jake Ballard had a good year at TE, but he got hurt in the Super Bowl again. The Giants helped their OL tremencously with chips from their backs and TEs all year. Now they need somebody to help Eli in the passing game. After what the TEs did for the Patriots all year, I expect TEs to go much higher in this draft this year than in the past.

    2) Defensively the Giants are pretty well set. Antrel Rolle would like to move back to a more traditional safety position if Prince Amukamara or the return of Terrell Thomas from injury can fill the need at slot corner. Michael Boley is more of an outside linebacker, but they needed him inside much of the year. Chase Blackburn had a great interception in the Super Bowl at MLBer, but he will not be the long term answer there. Jonathon Goff should be healthy again and he is the leader of this defense. Maybe the biggest question is can they keep Osi Umenyiora happy enough to stay in NYC. Rookie Jaquiann Williams was a pleasant surprise as a cover Linebacker.

    Conclusion: Unless the Giants draft a middle linebacker based on Goff's injury or a slot corner early, I would expect them the draft offense this year.

    Comments 21 Comments
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Kinda feels like a "draft the best player available" deal. They can get a quality RB at their draft spot as Richardson might be the only back gone. Lamar Miller, David Wilson, the kid from Boise whose name escapes me right now, a few others may all be available. I'm not real sure about the TE class.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by vancemeek View Post
      Kinda feels like a "draft the best player available" deal. They can get a quality RB at their draft spot as Richardson might be the only back gone. Lamar Miller, David Wilson, the kid from Boise whose name escapes me right now, a few others may all be available. I'm not real sure about the TE class.
      That would be Doug Martin. I know this because the Lions have already spoken with him.

      //// Bye, bye, Jahvid bye, bye. And that was all she wrote....

    1. Docta's Avatar
      Giants draft TEs to help in run blocking. The catching ability is just a plus to them. Don't think they want to be like the Pats.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Docta View Post
      Giants draft TEs to help in run blocking. The catching ability is just a plus to them. Don't think they want to be like the Pats.
      They could find somebody to do both. They are pretty thin at TE. Bear Pascoe is a blocker and Travis Beckum is a receiver. Jake Ballard is not very fast but played surprisingly well. I have not seen any of the tight ends. Is there first round quality?
    1. Docta's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Cris Collinsworth View Post
      They could find somebody to do both. They are pretty thin at TE. Bear Pascoe is a blocker and Travis Beckum is a receiver. Jake Ballard is not very fast but played surprisingly well. I have not seen any of the tight ends. Is there first round quality?
      None are first round quality. I could see Coby Fleener or Dwayne Allen being picked in the 2nd.

      Allen is the best blocker in the class, but Fleener is the better receiver and is a quality blocker. Orson Charles is the best receiver out of all of them, but he's pretty bad at blocking.
    1. darvon's Avatar
      I haven't seen Charles. Describe his game, please.
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by darvon View Post
      I haven't seen Charles. Describe his game, please.
      Like Docta said, he's pretty poor as a blocker, but I do like him as a receiver. He's quick, fast, and shows natural pass catching ability. He has good hands and grabs the ball away from his body without much effort involved. He's a decent route runner but could serve to add some more polish and crispness to them. I see him coming into the league as a poor man's Aaron Hernandez; he's a mismatch for most linebackers in the league and once he cleans up the finer points of his game could easily be a Top 10 TE in the league.
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Well Cris, you wanted breakdowns of team needs. I'll give you my view of the steelers.

      Dt- Casey Hampton is going to kick off the season on the pup list coming off an acl tear. Not sure a 34 yr old guy who has had issues with his weight is worth the $4 mil cap hit. He restructures, or he's getting cut. Hoke retired. That leaves us with mcclendon, who the coaches like as the heir apparent. I've also heard of a shift to move hood there. The kid is strong enough for it. Regardless, this is a position of need in the top 3 rounds.

      Og- Essex and legursky return, with the penalty machine formerly known as Chris kemoateau under contract. Again this is a position of need early. All these guys are just jags.

      Ot- colon comes back from injury and Gilbert had a good year as a rook. Gilbert had flashes, and apparently colon is as soft as charmin. He's always hurt. If healthy he's a road grater. Great rot. I don't trust him, neither does the brass. Tackle is a priority for us.

      The 3 greatest needs for us are nose tackle, guard, and offensive tackle.

      I listed them in the probable order of the best player available being available and corrolating to our needs. We pick the best guy available on our board, regardless of need. Refer to heyward and mendenhall.

      We will list wr, c, and qb as positions we don't even consider. We won't pick a db high unless he's special given the picks in the last few drafts and the coaching of carnell lake.

      I'll discuss te, rb, lb, de, and safety in later posts...
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      A TE that hasn't been mentioned is Michael Egnew from Missouri. He is almost 6'5" between 235-240 and can run high 4.5s. He is tall with long arms...a great catching radius. Good in a crowd making the contested catch. He runs good routes...in Missouri's system he run a route tree like a WR. In 2010 with Blaine Gabbert throwing him the ball he had 90 catches. Eli would love to throw to this kid potentially.
    1. darvon's Avatar
      I will let Go do Lions analysis and I will add a few comments after.

      Except for one. I think that we need a KO specialist. I would burn a roster spot on someone who can hit it out of the endzone every time. Hanson is getting old. We play in at least 9 games every year in a dome, more likely more. Playoff games are likely to be in domes if GB still keeps leading the league and we get in as a WC. And undomed stadia in early months are still good to kick in.

      KO Specialist ( or Xtreme Kicker as I would market it), would increase the opponents starting position by about 3-4 yards (I don't have the Lions numbers yet). That is probably about a 10 pt per season reduction in PA. Maybe enough for a one game win difference.

      It's unusual that the last guy on the roster can bump your wins by 1 whole game, but I think it is almost that important.
      XK would do double duties as Hanson backup.

      But I wouldn't compromise in length for accuracy as a backup. Get the XK who can boom it out 100% of the time.
    1. darvon's Avatar
      I disagree w/ this assessment for the Lions. Hanson is fine. Above average KO guy and cash money banging it thru the uprights. The Lions have so many more needs and huge cap issues they are battling. They don't have a ton of time to spend on the backup kicker slot.
      I don't disagree with your data, just your conclusion. Since the XK doesn't HAVE to be a good field goal kicker, he just has to have a POWER leg. KOs aren't rushed, there is no timing nor stress from game situations. Find a soccer castoff with a monster leg. League minimum, no cap problems.


      WAIT! How can that data be right. I just got other data that says league TB % is about 45%. How can all but 1 kicker be UNDER average, and the 1 be only slightly over. Somethings not kosher.

      Your LINK is for 2007
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by darvon View Post
      I don't disagree with your data, just your conclusion. Since the XK doesn't HAVE to be a good field goal kicker, he just has to have a POWER leg. KOs aren't rushed, there is no timing nor stress from game situations. Find a soccer castoff with a monster leg. League minimum, no cap problems.


      WAIT! How can that data be right. I just got other data that says league TB % is about 45%. How can all but 1 kicker be UNDER average, and the 1 be only slightly over. Somethings not kosher.

      Your LINK is for 2007
      Yup. Dunno how I managed to miss that little detail. That's what I get for multi-tasking.
    1. darvon's Avatar
      ps How was Ben Graham? I didn't realize he was Aussie Rules kicker.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lapham View Post
      A TE that hasn't been mentioned is Michael Egnew from Missouri. He is almost 6'5" between 235-240 and can run high 4.5s. He is tall with long arms...a great catching radius. Good in a crowd making the contested catch. He runs good routes...in Missouri's system he run a route tree like a WR. In 2010 with Blaine Gabbert throwing him the ball he had 90 catches. Eli would love to throw to this kid potentially.
      funny, that reads like a description of Chase Coffman!
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by darvon View Post
      I don't disagree with your data, just your conclusion. Since the XK doesn't HAVE to be a good field goal kicker, he just has to have a POWER leg. KOs aren't rushed, there is no timing nor stress from game situations. Find a soccer castoff with a monster leg. League minimum, no cap problems.


      WAIT! How can that data be right. I just got other data that says league TB % is about 45%. How can all but 1 kicker be UNDER average, and the 1 be only slightly over. Somethings not kosher.

      Your LINK is for 2007
      Darvon,

      I know you love proof. I know you like to think outside the box. I have proof, you're thinking outside the box in this matter is statistically insignificant. Wasting a roster spot on an extra kicker was assinine 2 yrs ago. It's even moreso now. I'll post a thread in the forums detailing my findings, not going to jack this post. All the hulla bullo about field position advantage gained from the rule change was for naught. The NFL did what it wanted, and only impacted the number of concussions derived from said kickoffs.
    1. giantsfan97's Avatar
      Sadly I expect Osi to be wearing a different uniform next year. For this reason, I wouldn't be shocked if the Giants get another pass rusher. Overstocking on these guys in recent drafts is a HUGE reason for the Giants success, and I would be fine with them trying to find another one, especially if Osi leaves.

      Other than that, TE and OL are definitely needs. I think they are ok at RB as DaRell Scott could be pretty good if his pass-blocking gets up to snuff.

      LB and DB are question marks because the Giants don't know what the health of Jon Goff and T. Thomas will be.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Imma tell you some captain obvious on My Eagles. That Offensive Line was not pretty! I know we have to hold the QB accountable for their play but they came into & went through the season with the issue. WR? They will keep D-Jax. He had numerous personnel issues on & off the field but now that the latest Super Bowl champion will play them twice in 2012, they will want a familiar force who did work in '10 & '11. It's daring but necessary.
      On Defense, I Thank The Good Lord that I don't cuss because that game in SEA was nasty! You let Money Lynch do that to you AND he scored a TD!?!?!?!?! Nasty. That whole game [despite it being three hours behind & in one of the noisiest places to play] was part of the signal that they have to Man-Up as needed on D. They got Brian Rolle who played well but his OSU partner Kurt Coleman was caught on film with a slip on turf on a key play. In General: Intricate study of film is necessary & that play looked like the coverage needed to be read better. I Love My Buckeyes but I think if they have to bench Coleman again in 2012, like they did in 2011 to motivate him, you gotta have a draft pick that is loaded with skill & promise from his college work on the depth chart behind him. Don't Get It Twisted; Coleman is Right for the Eagles but when time marches on, NFL teams won't be emotional with who's on their roster.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      The Eagles did the smartest thing they could do. Nothing. That was the team nobody wanted to see in the playoffs. They made some adjustments, mostly in personnel at Linebacker and got better all year after a slow start on defense. Eagles may end up the favorite in the same division as the Champs.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      If you want to write about a team, talk to Andy and he will start a front page post we can all read. I would like to have all 32 covered by somebody who follows the team on a regular basis.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      For a defense that really wasn't that good most of the year, it sure does seem that there really aren't too many needs, either. I know injuries played a huge role, but this team also just needs a little more consistency. If Amukamara can stay on the field, and is as good as some thought he could be coming out of Nebraska, then that should go a long way toward solidifying their secondary.

      At 32, they'll need to go best available. Doubt a LT will fall to that spot, and I can't see them taking an RB or TE that early. Maybe a DT, or even better, trying to trade down.