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Draft review: New York Giants

Shamarko Thomas, Siriki Diabate, Justin Pugh AP

After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The New York Giants.  

What they needed: Defensive end, cornerback, linebacker, offensive line, running back.

Who they got:
Round 1: Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse
Round 2: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State.
Round 3: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M.
Round 4: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse.
Round 5: Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond.
Round 7: Eric Herman, OG, Ohio.
Round 7: Michael Cox, RB, Massachusetts.

Where they hit: The versatile Pugh adds some youth to a line where age is becoming a concern. He was a sensible pick for the Giants. Moore,who is just 20 years old, adds some needed depth at end, and he certainly has room to grow behind Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka. Hankins, a massive run-stuffer, bolsters the depth inside. Nassib will compete with David Carr to be Eli Manning’s backup, and the rookie from Syracuse seems likely to settle into the role no later than 2014 with Carr under contract for just one more season.

Where they missed: The Giants did not add a single cornerback or linebacker, which was something of an upset. However, the Giants stuck to a blueprint that has worked when they added two defensive linemen (Hankins, Moore) in the first half of the draft. The Giants are going to do whatever it takes to build a strong front four, and when the Giants get top-notch play out of their line, the back seven benefits. Still, the Giants could stand to bolster their their LB and CB depth. The good news? There are still serviceable veteran linebackers to be had in free agency if New York wants to go that route.

Impact rookies:  The Giants will play at Pugh at right tackle, where he will push veteran David Diehl. The club is also confident he can play multiple positions. At worst, he’s the Giants’ sixth lineman as a rookie. someone whom they likely can plug at tackle or guard at a moment’s notice. The Giants are not concerned about Pugh’s relatively short arms for the tackle position, general manager Jerry Reese said during the draft.

Also, Hankins and Moore could contribute in the Giants’ D-line rotation right off the bat.

Long-term prospects: This could be a draft class that pays dividends down the road if the young Pugh, Hankins and Moore all continue to develop and Nassib shows potential as Manning’s backup. Manning is 32 and has not missed a start since entering the lineup in 2004, and it’s possible Nassib is never a factor for the Giants. However, if he can show something in preseason games, he could have trade value.

The Giants have the core needed to contend now, and several members of this draft could be complementary contributors toward those efforts in 2013. New York did well to strengthen some areas in a draft that wasn’t regarded as especially strong.

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34 Responses to “Draft review: New York Giants”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 29, 2013 2:52 PM

    The Washington Redskins are still better. #TheNFCWashingtonislockeduntil2030

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Apr 29, 2013 2:55 PM

    Never question Reese.

  3. alecanthony says: Apr 29, 2013 2:57 PM

    Overall a pretty good draft! A few weeks during the offseason Damontre Moore, Jonathan Hankins and Ryan Nassib were all considered first round talent, if the rookies pan out, we could see the Giants back in the Super Bowl faster than we thought

  4. pnut87 says: Apr 29, 2013 2:58 PM

    This was definitely not a sexy draft for the Giants. I was screaming for Kaseem Greene when they took Nassib. However, the reloading the trenches has been a bit of a need the past few years. Hopefully they can make something happen with the defensive back 7 before the year starts. Again, wasn’t sexy, but still addresses their needs.

  5. jam11163 says: Apr 29, 2013 2:58 PM

    go eagles…..

  6. theclaim says: Apr 29, 2013 2:58 PM

    Won’t be enough to displace the 1st place Redskins. They’ve had the Giants number 2 years running. HTTR

  7. alecanthony says: Apr 29, 2013 3:00 PM

    @Logicalvoicesays NFC locked up until 2030? I’ll be surprised if RG3 lasts until 2015 with his injury history

  8. nard100 says: Apr 29, 2013 3:00 PM

    In Jerry we trust. Now is the time to start looking at undrafted and veteran free agents.

  9. metalhead65 says: Apr 29, 2013 3:08 PM

    wait shouldn’t the giants have traded down and still got pugh? I don’t remember seeing him going in the first round by any of the experts. so the giant line is getting old and needed new blood,sounds like they drafted for need. you know the same thing the bears got slammed for but you say is ok for the giants.

  10. wave222 says: Apr 29, 2013 3:20 PM

    A good draft for “The New York Football Giants”
    time will tell for all the teams??

  11. ohnothatguy says: Apr 29, 2013 3:21 PM

    Still need massive LB & CB help. Love the safeties in rolle n brown! But with rg3 and vick in the division we need good cbs and lbs. oh i didnt mention romo bc well just like the 3 teams in the afc east dont worry abt the jets and stankchez y worry abt romno n the cowbells!!! And how does rg3 have the gmens #? He went 1-1 against them last year! Oh and how many superbowls do the other 3 qbs have in the division? Or better yet how many playoff wins do they have?!!??? Gmen!! All day!! Be a home game in the superbowl this year!! Book it!!

  12. jintsfan says: Apr 29, 2013 3:22 PM

    If you watched the draft, the Bears took Kyle Long (rated behind Pugh in the OT cat) w/ the 20th pick so Pugh was gone at 20. I still would’ve preferred Trufant or Ogletree there but this guy has grown on me. Has Pro Bowl potential as a Center after Baas leaves (assuming Brewer and Mosley can step it up). I like the Cooper could from Richmond. He’s got more size and speed than Deon Grant ever had and he can play the Big Nickel as well as spwcial teams. But giving up a pick for an averaged arm qb who will never play is a puzzlement.

  13. gcsuk says: Apr 29, 2013 3:22 PM

    theclaim says:
    Apr 29, 2013 2:58 PM
    Won’t be enough to displace the 1st place Redskins. They’ve had the Giants number 2 years running. HTTR
    ———————————————————-
    Wow, I hadn’t realized it had been 2 whole years running. Forget it, man. No sense even showing up. Those 8 post-season wins (including 2 Super Bowls) in the last 5 seasons for the Giants mean NOTHING compared to the Redskins lone playoff loss.

  14. floratiotime says: Apr 29, 2013 3:24 PM

    Trollin’ trollin’ trollin ‘
    Redskins always trollin’
    Sayin’ the same stuff
    In every thread …

  15. orakpownd says: Apr 29, 2013 3:32 PM

    “We’ll beat the Redskins 99/100 times” -Antrel Rolle

  16. steelfan66 says: Apr 29, 2013 3:33 PM

    I loved the 2nd and 3rd round picks. Pretty jealous.

    Hopefully, my old classmate Mark Herzlich can start at MLB.

  17. dbones750 says: Apr 29, 2013 3:33 PM

    I’m a little disappointed Reese didn’t nab Alec Ogletree with the 19th pick and then trade up in the 2nd round to grab Pugh.

    I love the Hankins and Moore picks. Should be solid contributors right off the bat. The LBs will benefit if Hankins can eat up blockers and plug the run. And I agree, with JPP/Tuck/Kiwi, Moore couldn’t have fell to a better place to develop.

    A little weary on the Nassib pick, but I guess he’s a cheaper alternative to Carr and every dollar counts these days.

  18. dbones750 says: Apr 29, 2013 3:35 PM

    Oh, and why is Karlos Dansby not a Giant yet?

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 29, 2013 3:38 PM

    All I got to say about that draft is, “Pugh!”.

  20. mazblast says: Apr 29, 2013 3:44 PM

    If there is one certain thing on PFT, it’s that the Giants and Patriots’ drafts will be hailed as wonderful, filling all the team’s needs, etc.

    That said, this looks like a typical Giants draft–nothing sexy, fills SOME needs, improves the talent pool. The need that didn’t get addressed at all is at LB.

  21. drewfl says: Apr 29, 2013 3:46 PM

    I’m a little disappointed Reese didn’t nab Alec Ogletree with the 19th pick and then trade up in the 2nd round to grab Pugh.

    I love the Hankins and Moore picks. Should be solid contributors right off the bat. The LBs will benefit if Hankins can eat up blockers and plug the run. And I agree, with JPP/Tuck/Kiwi, Moore couldn’t have fell to a better place to develop.

    A little weary on the Nassib pick, but I guess he’s a cheaper alternative to Carr and every dollar counts these days.
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    How would that have worked? If Reese didn’t take Pugh at #19, he would’ve been gone at 20 when the Bears picked. That’s why I can’t blame him for taking Pugh, even though it was a bit of a reach. I’m almost sure Jerry Jones traded back to 31 expecting Pugh to be there. The run on offensive linemen was unprecedented, I’m glad we got ours.

  22. bigbwoy000 says: Apr 29, 2013 3:52 PM

    jam11163 says:
    Apr 29, 2013 2:58 PM
    go eagles…..

    Yes go Eagles, go away…and take the Phillies, 76ers & Flyers with you!

  23. bux1022 says: Apr 29, 2013 3:59 PM

    Giant’s drafts pay dividends year in and year out! This will be nothing new! We address need, we don’t new big names to try and sell tickets. We’ll be sold out for life! Redskins are straight trash. We’ll concuss Robert again!

  24. themackstrong says: Apr 29, 2013 4:25 PM

    Why do the Giant never have linebackers? Giants spend 2 or 3 picks on D-line every year and prop up inside guys Antonio Piece and now Chase Blackburn.

  25. dbones750 says: Apr 29, 2013 4:30 PM

    How would that have worked? If Reese didn’t take Pugh at #19, he would’ve been gone at 20 when the Bears picked. That’s why I can’t blame him for taking Pugh, even though it was a bit of a reach. I’m almost sure Jerry Jones traded back to 31 expecting Pugh to be there. The run on offensive linemen was unprecedented, I’m glad we got ours.

    ———————————————

    You could be right. I didn’t see Pugh heralded in many mocks as a first round talent, but I also didn’t see all those O-linemen going in the first round. Also, I’m going off of mocks, which are mainly BS.

    The G-Men have been dying for a stud in the middle for several years now. Pierce, Bullock, Goff, Blackburn, etc… All we need is 1 of SF’s interior LBers and we can’t seem to find one. I think Dansby is the best option out there right now.

    But the O-line is aging, too, so I’m not hating on the Pugh pick, just wish we could have plugged the MLB slot in Rd. 1.

  26. justintuckrule says: Apr 29, 2013 5:37 PM

    MLB – most overrated position in the modern NFL. The Ravens just won the SB playing with 10 defenders. Other SB winning MLBs include Chase Blackburn and Brady Poppinga.

    Hold the LOS and rush the QB. That’s modern football. Oh yeah….also have an elite QB and draft a good prospect that you can flip to a dreg team for multiple high picks. that helps too.

  27. elimanningup says: Apr 29, 2013 8:55 PM

    Bears would have taken Justin Pugh at 20 if the Giants did not take him at 19.

  28. roadtrip3500 says: Apr 30, 2013 8:40 AM

    The retirement of Ray Lewis and the unemployment of Brian Urlacher show the days of the classic MLB are over.

    The Giants have the “new” linebackers – a cover-OLB in Jacquian Williams who is big enough and fast enough to handle the new breed of tight ends – and the small-LB/big-S in draftee Cooper Taylor who can get in the box as a 7 for the run, but is agile enough to cover RBs downfield in the passing game.

    The Giants were very successful with the three-safety set, and I think Taylor’s size and skills will work very well with Antrelle Rolle and Stevie Brown.

  29. cantgetenoughwp says: Apr 30, 2013 12:18 PM

    I thought Dan Connor was the answer to the Giants LB problems. And hopefully Rivers, Herzlich, and Paysinger will contribute. I’m glad they didn’t bring in someone like Urlacher. I’d be ok with signing Dansby, but I think he would want to much loot. Then again, at this point in his career maybe he’d like to play for a contender for once in his career!

  30. onthewarpath28 says: Apr 30, 2013 2:08 PM

    Its interesting that Antrel Rolle says the Giants would beat the Redskins 99/100 times when they’ve lost 3 out of the last 5! I’m guessing math was not Antrel Rolle’s major in college. Last year’s embarrassing lost to the Ravens ended the g-men for good. And they’ve lost a lot in free agency…STICK A FORK IN NEW YORK.

  31. orakpownd says: Apr 30, 2013 6:57 PM

    @Onewarpath28

    That was the joke bud…

    HTTR anyway!

  32. dguy901 says: May 1, 2013 11:17 AM

    Agree on expecting Khaseem Greene as Rd#4 pick but in retrospect, our LB’s are young and they surely would have done a lot better if the DL hadn’t underachieved.
    That Rd# 5 pick, Connor Taylor is very-very intriguing! Check out that boys speed, and he has had the heart condition treated successfully.

  33. dguy901 says: May 1, 2013 11:21 AM

    Meant Cooper Taylor, not Conner! Compare him to Rivers, and he loves to hit!

  34. onthewarpath28 says: May 1, 2013 4:12 PM

    @orakpownd

    I should have figured that out based on the username.

    Agreed…HTTR forever!

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