May 13, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: New York Giants

#3 Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Louisiana State

New York Giants
Division: NFC East | Last Season Record: 7-9

What Needed to be addressed in the Draft: The offensive line struggled last year. They brought in several offensive lineman this off-season like Geoff Schwartz, who will start at guard, but they needed to find a left tackle in the draft and a center.

Losing Hakeem Nicks was tough, and the jury is still out on Rueben Randle. Eli Manning needs more weapons. Wide receiver is a position that should gave been addressed pretty early, and they should also have targeted a tight end.

Even after signing Rashad Jennings from Oakland, it would have made sense to spend at least a mid-round draft pick on a running back.

On the other side of the ball, the Giants should have tried to find a 3-technique defensive tackle, a linebacker, and another pass rusher. And it never hurts to have plenty of defensive backs, so they could use depth.

Individual Draft Picks:

Round 1

12. (12) Odell Beckham*, WR
Experience: Junior | School: Louisiana State
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 198 lbs.

Round 2

11. (43) Weston Richburg, C
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Colorado State
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 304 lbs.

Round 3

10. (74) Jay Bromley, DT
Experience: Senior | School: Syracuse
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 307 lbs.

Round 4

13. (113) Andre Williams, RB
Experience: Senior | School: Boston College
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 230 lbs.

Round 5

12. (152) Nat Berhe, SS
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: San Diego State
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 194 lbs.

34. (174) Devon Kennard, OLB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Southern California
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 251 lbs.

Round 6

11. (187) Bennett Jackson, CB
Experience: Senior | School: Notre Dame
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 191 lbs.

Two Picks of Note:

Best Value Pick:

Andre Williams, RB (Round 4, Pick 13)
Experience: Senior | School: Boston College
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 230 lbs.

Analysis: The G-Men got a workhorse running back in the 4th round. While Williams doesn't offer much in the passing game, he is an impressive in between the tackles runner who will fight for the tough yardage and keep the chains moving.

Most Questionable Pick:

Jay Bromley, DT (Round 3, Pick 10)
Experience: Senior | School: Syracuse
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 307 lbs.

Analysis: They needed a 3-technique defensive tackle, but this was way too early to take Jay Bromley. I had him as a 6th or 7th round pick. Major reach for a player who only projects as a decent rotational player.

Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Most Notable

Kelcy Quarles*, DT
Experience: Junior | School: South Carolina
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 296 lbs.

Analysis: Quarles was very productive this past season. Though several scouts felt like he was a big beneficiary of Jadeveon Clowney's presence, I honestly don't see how he went undrafted. He was a potential day 2 prospect.

Other Free Agent Signings

Emmanuel Dieke, DE, Georgia Tech
Dan Fox, LB, Notre Dame
Eathyn Manumaluena, DT, Brigham Young
Xavier Grimble, TE, Southern California
Kerry Wynn, DL, Richmond
CJ Barnett, S, Ohio State
Thomas Gordon, S, Michigan

Draft Review:

Analysis: Odell Beckham was a good, solid pick in the first round. A lot of people felt he wasn't that far behind Sammy Watkins as a prospect. Beckham was more of a mid-first round pick for me, but he's an instant play maker on offense.

A little early for him to come of the board, but the Giants were able to land the best center in the draft in the second round. Weston Richburg should start from day one.

Bromley could be a solid rotational player, but the Giants are hoping that he will develop into a really good 3-technique, and 4th round pick Andre Williams is a really good complement to David Wilson.

I had a 7th round grade on Nat Berhe, but he should provide decent safety depth, while their other 5th round pick Devon Kennard was a really good value pick. I like him as a nice rotational pass rusher.

6th round pick Bennett Jackson will compete on special teams, but is another solid depth pick for a team that has a really talented secondary.

The Verdict: We're used to seeing GM Jerry Reese get excellent value on most of his picks. While that may not have been the case this time around, they did fill some key needs, and made some solid picks. But, who's going to play left tackle? Hopefully not Will Beatty...

Overall Grade: B-