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- 2012 NY Giants Draft Breakdown
- 2011 NY Giants
- 2010 NY Giants
The Draft Was ... very, very New York Giants. It's not a sexy draft, but it's got teeth. Take the boring-but-solid offensive tackle in the first round – Syracuse's Justin Pugh. Take the big, beefy defensive tackle with upside in the second – Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins. Take the pass rusher to throw into the rotation in the third – Texas A&M's Damontre Moore. Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib was a great value pick in the fourth, if for nothing else but to have as phenomenal trade bait in the future.
Best Value Pick: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse in the 4th round
Worst Value Pick: DB Cooper Taylor, Richmond in the 5th round
They Should've ... taken Florida running back Mike Gillislee in the fifth round. Florida State's Brandon Jenkins would've added yet another dangerous pass rusher to the equation, but the pounding Gillislee, who ended up going to Miami with the 31st pick in the fifth, would've been a much better fit than Taylor, who was at best a sixth-rounder.
Division Draft Ranking: 2
Conference Draft Ranking: 6
OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse (Jr.) 6-4, 307
Overall Pick No. 19 CFN Position Rank: 9
CFN Analysis: The Giants didn't bite on Manti Te'o. The franchise over the last several years has been built on a great pass rush and dominant offensive line, and now it's getting back to its pounding ways with a blocker who can do it all. He'll fit somewhere on the line, and even though he's a tackle, throw him in at guard and all will be fine.
Versatile enough to be a tackle or a guard, he can play anywhere on a line including left tackle. He'll either be a powerful interior blocker or a quick right tackle, with good enough experience to handle himself well on the outside with excellent technique as a pass protector. He'll never blast away on an NFL defense tackle, but he can wall him off and should be a functional starter. Needing to get stronger, he's more of a zone-blocking prospect and doesn't stand out as an elite prospect in any one area, but being a tweener, in his case, isn't necessarily a bad thing.
CFN Projection: Second Round
DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State (Jr.) 6-3, 320
Overall Pick No. 49 CFN Position Rank: 6
A gigantic run stuffer, he's a massive widebody who can be thrown in the middle of a line and eat everything up. A fighter, he'll beat people up in the interior and can use his raw skill and strength to ragdoll people out of his way with a relentless style and good fight. Now he needs to get in shape. The potential and talent are there to become a perennial Pro Bowler, but he needs to transform his body from squishy to hard, and he needs to get quicker and more athletic. Awful at times in offseason workouts, he has the skills to become an interior pass rusher and a disruptive force, but he needs to be molded into a hard rock and could stand to work at a tight, taught 310 to be more effective. Far from a finished product, the upside is limitless, but he needs tweaking and toning – lots and lots of toning.
CFN Projection: Second Round
DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (Jr.) 6-5, 250
Overall Pick No. 81 CFN Position Rank: 3
While he's not going to be Von Miller, he's an extremely talented pass rusher who flies off the ball with tremendous athleticism and a quick burst. Forget about the disastrous 40 time that hovered near the five-second mark; he plays fast when the lights are on and he's active at getting around the ball when he needs to. Instinctive, he finds a way to be one step ahead of everyone else and he's always coming up with the big play. The problem is his tools – they aren't there at a high level. Miller was unbelievable in offseason workouts when he came out, but Moore isn't nearly in the same class. Athletic on the field, he had a rough Combine and won't be able to fly into the backfield like he did in college, but as long as he's producing during games and if he's a part of a good D and not the focus, he'll be fine. This is going to be one of the toughest and diciest picks in the draft because of his upside and disruptive ability – he could be the best pass rushing end – but he's hardly a sure thing and could bust out if he struggles to get to the quarterback right away. He still needs to mature into his body and his game, but there are too many good parts to let him slide too far after the first round.
CFN Projection: Second Round
QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse 6-2, 227
Overall Pick No. 110 CFN Position Rank: 7
One of the highest risers over the last six months, he's impressing more and more with each workout and each interview. He's not all that tall and he's a bit squatty and stocky for the position, but he's a tough, sound pro who's ready-made to step off the bus and be in contention for a starting job. Polished, he worked with a pro coach in Doug Marrone who helped tutor and mold him into a polished passer, and now he doesn't need too much technique work. There's a hard ceiling on what he can do with an average arm and not enough of a repertoire of pitches – he tends to have one speed – but he's a baller who'll do whatever is needed. However, he'll be good, but he'll also be overrated and overdrafted as more of a try-hard type than a top talent.
CFN Projection: First Round
OG Eric Herman, Ohio 6-4, 320
Overall Pick No. 225 CFN Position Rank: 13
Big, strong and with the type of old school look of a large guard, he's a leader who does everything possible to make a play. He might be extremely limited as a pass protector and isn't going to do anything on the move, but if he has a chance if he's able to work in a power running scheme. The basic athletic tools aren't there, and forget about using him in a zone blocking scheme, but he's insanely strong and won't get shoved around.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round
RB Michael Cox, Massachusetts 6-0, 220
Overall Pick No. 252 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked