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2011 NFL Draft - New York Giants
Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara
Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara
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Posted Apr 30, 2011


New York Giants - NFC East, 2011 Draft Selections & Prospects

New York Giants

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-5) | 1st Round (6-10) | 1st Round (11-15) | 1st Round (16-20)
1st Round (21-25) | 1st Round (26-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay 

- 2010 NY Giants Draft Breakdown

First Round 
CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
6-0, 206
Overall Pick No. 19 CFN Overall Ranking: 10

Value pick. The Giants needed help for the offensive front, and had Anthony Castonzo and Gabe Carimi there for the taking, but Amukamara is a top ten talent who can be a very, very good piece to a strong defensive puzzle. Injury problems in the Giant secondary showed how much a corner is needed, and while Amukamara isn’t a perfect pick – he doesn’t make enough big plays – he’s a physical talent.

While all the hype and all the attention is going to Patrick Peterson, Amukamara could be a better value. With great size, tremendous speed, and all the tools needed to be someone’s No. 1 cornerback, he’s a top talent who looks the part. Not just a finesse corner, he’s great against the run and has no problems whatsoever getting his nose dirty. The problem is his lack of big plays, failing to make a pick last year (but he made five as a junior), and he’s not going to be the type of offensive defensive back who takes the ball to the house, but he’ll be a sound, consistent corner who becomes a key part of a defense. Throw him out there and don’t worry for the next ten years.
CFN Projection: First Round

Second Round    
DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina 6-2, 309 
Overall Pick No. 52 CFN Overall Ranking: 19

A tremendous value pick, the only question was his attitude and his character. A top ten talent with anchor ability, he’s joining Prince Amukamara to beef up the defense and become a major force. While there will be times he’ll disappear, he’ll be a fan favorite at times with a few dominant performances. He’s a very, very good player who just needs the right coaching. He’ll get it.

CFN Analysis: There was a time not all that long ago when he was considered an almost certain top ten overall pick with ideal size for the interior, the quickness to get into the backfield, and tremendous strength against the run. There’s a huge, glaring question mark when it comes to his character and he has to prove that he wants to be great. He’d be a terror if he went full tilt all the time, and he doesn’t always play up to his potential and skills, but when he had to, he destroyed the drills in offseason workouts. When the lights were on and all the scouts were watching, particularly at the East-West Shrine practices, he was phenomenal. After being suspended for all of 2010 after his dealings with an agent, he needs to get back on the field and he has to get used to being in a lather again. On sheer talent and skills, he’s worth the risk; the potential is there to be a superstar if it all comes together.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round   
WR Jerrel Jernigan, Troy 5-9, 185
Overall Pick No. 84 CFN Overall Ranking: 60

The Giants already have some big, strong receivers, and now it has a potential gamebreaker in Jernigan who can take a short pass a long way. He should be a tremendous No. 3 target with the other good playmakers already in place, and he’s a luxury pick. Eli Manning will come up with several big plays just be getting the ball to Jernigan on the move.

CFN Analysis: Extremely quick with excellent speed, he’s a shifty, dangerous playmaker who dominated the Sun Belt and came up big whenever he got his chances against the bigger boys. Great when he gets the ball on the move, he should thrive in single coverage and will have extra value as a kick returner. The problem is a lack of size that should get him beaten up a bit too much. He wasn’t healthy as a collegian and certainly won’t be able to take much of a pounding at the next level. There will be times when he takes over a game and is the difference, but he won’t be reliable to last 16 games.
CFN Projection:
Third Round
 
Fourth Round   
OT James Brewer, Indiana 6-6, 323
Overall Pick No. 117 CFN Overall Ranking: 77

CFN Analysis: The size is there and the frame is ideal, but can he stay healthy? Can he push anyone around in the running game? He’s missing the ability to destroy his man and he’s not going to be a killer for a tough ground game, and he’s not consistent enough as a pass protector. He’s quick for his size, but he needs work to harness all his tools to become an NFL left tackle. There’s huge upside considering his size.
CFN Projection: Third Round  

Sixth Round   
OLB Greg Jones, Michigan State 6-0, 242
Overall Pick No. 185 CFN Overall Ranking: 58

CFN Analysis: Phenomenally productive, Jones was a four-year star for the Spartans making 465 tackles as the peerless leader of the defense. While he was a slight disappointment last year considering all the high expectations, he was the best linebacker in college football in 2009 doing a little bit of everything as a pass rusher and a run stopper. He’s not all that tall, but he’s a compact rock who comes up with every tackle he gets to. With the makeup and the smarts, he has the ability to sit in the middle of someone’s linebacking corps, but he’s quick enough to work on the weakside on in a 3-4 inside spot if needed. He’s not going to blow anyone up and he could stand to add another ten pounds of good weight, but he can’t really add it without losing something. He’s a better football player than his tools.
CFN Projection: Third Round  

Sixth Round
SS Tyler Sash, Iowa 6-0, 211 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 198 CFN Overall Ranking: 103

CFN Analysis: A huge hitter and a flat-out baller, he hits like a ton of bricks and brings a big-time attitude on every play. He loves to hit, loves to go after the big play, and he doesn’t miss a stop popping like another linebacker. Now he has to hit the weight room to get strong enough to match his type of game. The 11 reps on the bench at the Combine were horrible, and he lacks the overall athleticism to make up for his problems. With his style, he could have a very, very short shelf life as a pro and could be a regular on the IR. He’ll be a fan favorite for a while, but eventually he’ll have problems against the pass and will give up way too many big plays. He’ll get picked on, but he’ll come up with enough highlight reel hits to be a regular.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round 

Sixth Round
Overall Pick No. 202  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
OLB Jacquian Williams, South Florida  6-4, 222
Really, really, REALLY raw, the former JUCO transfer is more of an athlete than a football player, and he's going to have to find a role early on as a pass rusher and special teamer to make himself useful. Lightning fast, he should be a blur who gets all over the field in a hurry.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round   
RB Da’Rel Scott, Maryland 5-11, 211
Overall Pick No. 221 CFN Overall Ranking: 207  

CFN Analysis: Decent-sized and very, very fast, Scott has the measurables to deserve a long look as both a back and a kick returner. Give him a little bit of room and he’s gone, and he’s quick enough to be an extremely productive one-cut NFL runner in the right system. While he might have a hard time staying healthy and he’s a better workout warrior than a football player, he could be a part of a rotation on raw speed alone.
CFN Projection: Free Agent