While the owners and players keep battling it out to see if we will have an NFL season this year, one thing is for certain that we will have the NFL draft this spring. For many people, spring is when everyone starts feeling better about their lives, the sun starts to shine brightly, the flowers start to bloom, the grass gets green again, fathers and sons have a catch in the back yard, and genuinely all is good in the world again. Except for those people that are rabid, thirst quenching, NFL draft nicks, that want to sit on the couch, grab a dozen donuts, choose their favorite beverage (coffee for the first round, beer for the rest of the rounds) and whose spring is only complete after watching endless footage of Mel Kiper and Todd Mcshay discussing the 40 times, techniques and the wonderlic test results for the college elite and NFL bound players.
If you are one of those NY Giants spring junkies then this blog will try to give you a sense of where the Giants can help their team on April 22nd-24th that starts tonight at 8PM on ESPN. The Giants have the 19th pick overall. The top 3 needs for the Giants are:
1st immediate need: Outside Linebacker. The Giants need a LT type pass rushing LB’er again and I am tired of waiting to see when the next big time player will be here. This draft must be the one where Jerry Reese pulls the trigger in the first round and gets the Giants a franchise player. I would love to see them move up and take stud pass rusher Von Miller from Texas A&M, however he is projected to be a top 10 pick so you might have to give up some good players. I think Mathius Kiwanuka and Brandon Jacobs should be on the trading block. Some other great choices are Aldon Smith of Missouri and Robert Quinn of UNC (LT’s alma mater). If the Giants pass on a LB in the first round again, then I really like Sam Acho out of Texas in the 2nd round. Please see a link to a Walter football list of the top LB’ers this year. http://walterfootball.com/draft2011OLB3-4.php
2. Offensive line-The Giants are starting to get old on the line with Kareem McKenzie, Rich Seubert and Shaun O Hara have 31 years of wear on their bodies and have battled too many injuries (insert Shawn Andrews in this class as well). Time to think of an upgrade here and if the Giants don’t go for the LB’er in the first round then I would like to see the Giants go for the versatile Mike Pouncey out of Florida who can play both guard and center. The guy I would really keep an eye on is OT Anthony Castonzo from Boston College as we know coach Tom Coughlin has a pipeline in to the talent of BC Eagle football players being a former coach and having a Pro Bowl son in law Chris Snee come from there. I can hear the NY’ers now after a missed tackle Seinfeld cat calls will commence when you hear a reverberating Can’t Stand Ya echoing the new Meadowlands stadium. Anthony is a beats and can be an instant plug in to the ailing and elderly Giant line so I wouldn’t be worried about those calls as he could be an immediate help.
3. Running Back/TE- As we get closer to the Giants 19th pick of this draft this evening there seems to be some noise that the Giants are interested in Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram from Alabama. Ingram could be a great addition to the Jacobs/Bradshaw tandem. He had a an average 40 time at the combine at 4:58, but he was an ultra-productive college back with a nose for the goal line getting in for 42 TD’s and 3261 yards an average of 5.7 yards per carry during his career. As long time Giants fans recall, going for this type of player has proven to be busts for the G Men where the likes of Ron Dayne, Tyrone Wheatley and Butch Woolfolk all former first round picks that never made the NFL grade. Ingram could be different as his father Mark Ingram was a very productive player for the G Men and helped them win the Super Bowl with some amazing acrobatic plays. The Giants need a TE and while it won’t be in the first round, someone that is on their radar is Kyle Rudolph out of Notre Dame. He has great hands and proved that with 90 receptions in three years for the Fighting Irish. Travis Beckum has not emerged yet for the Giants and while Kevin Boss has been a nice player, he not made anyone forget about the legendary Mark Bavaro. Where did Bavaro play college ball again, oh that is right Notre Dame.
Lockout or not it is hard to not get excited for the NFL season when the yearly spring event is upon us. Tonight will shape the future for the Giants playoff and Super bowl hopes, so get ready to watch the draft and look for the Giants to fill some immediate needs. the giants have long prescribed to the theory of taking the best available athlete at the time of their pick as evidenced by last year’s selection of Jason Pierre Paul the athletic DE phenom that we didn’t need at the time so don’t be surprised if they trade down and collect more picks or select another DE tonight.
My 1st three round Mock draft is
1st round: Anthony Castonzo, OT Boston College
2nd round: Sam Acho, LB Texas
3rd round: Kyle Rudolph TE, Notre Dame
Enjoy the draft everyone. Let’s go Giants!
About the Author
Written by Dennis Napoliello
Graduate of Providence College with a BS degree in Business Administration. While at Providence College, I co hosted the #1 radio program titled "The Sports Page". I make my living in the fitness industry as National Vice President of Sales at David Barton Gym located in New York City. On a personal note, I have been a long standing Giants fan as my family has held season tickets since the opening of Giants Stadium in 1976. I now own the tickets and enjoy going to the game with my three children (Peyton, Trevor and Camryn), wife (Michelle), Dad (Al) and brother in law (Chris). Other than college, I have lived my entire life in NJ and currently reside in Roxbury, NJ. My objective with this blog is to have fun writing, along with my two sons, about the team we love, and to be as objective as possible always trying to give you the fans point of view,