New York Giants - NFC East
North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks
North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks
Posted Apr 27, 2009

New York Giants - NFC East, 2009 Draft Selections & Prospects

New York Giants

- 2009 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis
1st Round
| 2nd Round | 3rd Round | 4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Rd | 7th Rd

CFN 2009 Draft Central & Team-by-Team Picks and Analysis


29 29 1st Round 
Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina 6-1, 212 (Jr.)
With great hands, a No. 1 target attitude, and good size and toughness, he has the look of a possible Cris Carter-type who could grow into a superstar if he can stay in shape. That’s been an issue since the end of the year after beefing up, and not necessarily in a good way. His speed is average at best as is, and he might have big problems if he’s not in tip-top shape at all times. Even so, if it all comes together, and if he has the right attitude, it’s all there for him to be a major steal. He’ll demand the ball, will go get it when it’s thrown to him, and will make the highlight reel play when he’s on a roll. He’s a difference maker who could become special.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round
   CFN Position Rank: 6     
13 45 2nd Round (from New Orleans)  
Clint Sintim, LB Virginia  6-3, 250
He made himself into a top pro prospect. A good player early in his career, he took things to another level once it was salary-drive time and showed he could become a good pass rusher. Able to be used like a smallish defensive end, and able to move inside if absolutely needed, he’s a versatile all-around playmaker who should grow into a nice pass rusher and a good starter. Without a blazing burst and with a lack of speed he’s not going to be an elite sack artist, but he should be a great piece of the puzzle and ultra-valuable because of his versatility.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round
   CFN Position Rank: 4
28 60 2nd Round 
William Beatty, OT Connecticut 6-6, 308

On of the high-rising prospects since the end of the season, his athleticism has been eye-opening and he’s done a great job of bulking up. He still has room to add more weight and still not lose a step. He moves well from side to side and he did a great job against top pass rushers, even though Connecticut didn’t exactly wing it around. If he gets the right coach who can light a fire under him and keep him motivated, he could be special. He wouldn’t be a great fit on a power running offense, even though he did a great job of run blocking in college, and would be stronger in a West Coast type of attack where he’s able to get on the move. He’ll need to get the motor running at full-tilt all the time, but with his combination of size and quickness, he’ll be worth the risk.
CFN Value Rank:
Second Round
   CFN Position Rank: 6
21 85 3rd Round (from Philadelphia)
Ramses Barden, WR Cal Poly 6-6, 205
Very big, very tall, and very, very productive, he was one of the most dominant offensive weapons on the FCS level over the last four years. While he played at a lower level, he caught six passes for 83 yards and a score at Wisconsin. However, he didn't see any other action against FBS teams and was erased at the Senior Bowl. He's not all that fast and he's not nearly as physical as he should be for a player of his size, but he knows how to make plays and he knows how to score. It'll take a little while and a lot of work on his refinement, but if he hits the weights, gets a nasty attitude, and develops a niche, like as a goal line playmaker, he could grow into a weapon.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 13
36 100 3rd Round
Travis Beckum, TE Wisconsin 6-3, 230
Considered a possible high pick prospect had he come out early last year, now there are major durability issues after he couldn't stay on the field in 2007 with a hamstring problem. Tremendously productive despite being the lone target for a middling Badger passing game, he's a great receiver who fights to make plays. Tremendously strong in the weight room, he has shown the basic skills to be special. However, he has to prove he can stay healthy, he'll make too many mistakes, and he's way too lanky. He's built like a big wide receiver and he's not going to get any bigger.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 4
29 129 4th Round
Andre Brown, RB NC State 6-0, 225
One of the year's biggest boom-or-bust prospects, Brown is big, very fast, and has a high ceiling that could make him a major steal depending on where he goes. A prototype, he's a rock phenomenal weight room and functional strength, and the type of sub-4.5 burst that could lead to some huge games. However, he has durability concerns and hasn't been consistent. He was good at NC State, but he wasn't great considering all his talent and skills. While he was on everyone's radar because of his size-speed ratio, he didn't become a big-time prospect until the post-season workouts and all-star games. Considering all he can bring, including good blocking skills, he has steal-of-the-draft potential.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 8
15 151 5th Round (from New Orleans)
Rhett Bomar, QB Sam Houston State 6-2, 225
Forgotten in the craziness of Bomar's career was how he was considered to be every bit the superstar prospect that Adrian Peterson was at Oklahoma. With a rifle arm, tremendous mobility, and a gunslinger's mentality, he was supposed to be the one who led the Sooners to greatness over the last few years. Of course, he was booted off the team for taking some cash from a car dealership and ended up at Sam Houston State where he was able to bomb away. Despite suffering a torn ACL, he's still able to move as well as before and he can make any throw from anywhere. However, he needs to fine-tune the howitzer. He'll throw a pass that maybe five current NFL quarterbacks could make on one play, and then he'll air mail the next and throw a wormburner to follow. While he was a team captain at SHSU, he'll have to work on his leadership skills, he could rub some people the wrong way, but he's ultra-intense and he has the tools to be a steal if he gets the right coach with the right temperament.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round      CFN Position Rank: 5
27 200 6th Round
DeAndre Wright, CB New Mexico  5-11, 195
A very nice college player who doesn't have the measurables to become a strong pro, his stock is down because of shoulder problems and a rough senior year. Despite his size, he's a willing run defender and can be used in all three downs, but he's not fast enough to be a regular cover-corner.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round      CFN Position Rank: 27
29 238 7th Round
Stoney Woodson, S South Carolina 5-11, 200
With decent size and just enough speed to get by, he could be a decent nickel or dime package defensive back and wouldn't be a bad free safety prospect with a little bit of work. While he's not a great tackler, he's versatile enough to play almost anywhere in the secondary and is worth giving a look at in camp just to see if he can be a backup somewhere.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent
   CFN Position Rank: NR


The Draft Was ... An amazing feast of value. Kenny Phillips would've been a top ten pick last year and is better than his senior season would indicate. Getting Andre Woodson in the sixth round is a ridiculous break. Mario Manningham should've been gone 30 picks earlier.
Best Value Pick: Andre Woodson, QB Kentucky. 6th round. There was a time a few months ago when he was talked about as a first rounder and possibly the second quarterback taken. Coach him up a little, work on the hitch, and he'll be great in a few years. The Giants have time.
Biggest Reach: Terrell Thomas, CB USC. 2nd round. Miami LB Tavares Gooden or Penn State's Dan Connor would've filled a more immediate need. There were still decent corners on the board later on.
They Should've ... Gotten a linebacker earlier. There's no faulting the pick of Phillips at the end of the first round, he might be the best safety in the draft, but Bryan Kehl and Jonathan Goff are prospects, not stars, and the Giants needed a linebacker who could come in and shine from day one.

# Pick  
31 31 1st Round     Kenny Phillips, SS Miami
While he was considered a bit of a disappointment last year thanks to some ridiculously high standards, he still came up with 82 tackles and two interceptions. No, he's not Ed Reed or Sean Taylor, and he's a bit lanky and thin at 6-2, 212 pounds, but he's a nice athlete who doesn't miss many tackles. The biggest problem isn't raw speed or his inability to live up to the tremendous hype, but it's his lack of big plays. He's a steady player, not a spectacular one. While he'll be plugged in and will start for a long time, he's not going to be a highlight reel performer.
CFN Value Rank: First Round    CFN Position Rank: 1
32 63 2nd Round  Terrell Thomas, CB USC
Strong with good size and good quickness, he's a good form corner who isn't afraid to take chances, for good and bad, and isn't afraid to hit. While he's not a blazer, he's able to keep up with the speedier receivers and can bully the smallish ones. He's had injury problems and he doesn't have the talent to be a No. 1 NFL corner, but he'd be a good two and he could end up moving to safety as his career goes on.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round   CFN Position Rank: 15
32 95 NY Giants   Mario Manningham, WR Michigan
While he hasn't timed like an elite blazer, he's been more than fast enough, hovering just under the 4.5 range, to be called a speed receiver. He's certainly not a physical one. Extremely thin, he can be bounced around a big and he isn't going to push anyone around. While he needs more work than many might believe as a route runner and in some basic techniques, he's ready to contribute right away if he's not forced to be a No. 1 target. He's a big play, big game receiver who never shied away from the big moment, and while he's a bit of a diva, the great NFL receivers usually are.
CFN Value Rank: Late First to Early Second Round   CFN Position Rank: 5
24 123 4th Round (from trade)      Bryan Kehl, OLB BYU
At 6-2 and close to 240 pounds, he has the size to play on the inside or either outside spot, and he has good enough speed to become a pass rusher. He'll work his tail off and will do whatever it takes to get on the field and make a team, but he has to get functionally stronger. He was great in the off-season workout circuit and stood out next to the other linebackers.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round   CFN Position Rank:
30 165 5th Round  Jonathan Goff, ILB Vanderbilt
He was toying around with the idea of coming out last year but stuck around and had his best year at Vandy with 113 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss, He also made himself a much better pass defender. A smart, tough leader with great character, he's the type of player who could be a main man for a corps ... at least from the head up. He's just not fluid and he doesn't play tough enough against the power running teams. He makes a lot of tackles, but he's not necessarily a top hitter.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round     
CFN Position Rank: 23
32 198 6th Round  Andre Woodson, QB Kentucky
Deadly accurate for long stretches, he proved he could be a precision passer, but he also has the arm to power the ball when he has to. He has the size at 6-5 and 235 pounds to be a presence in the pocket and be able to shake off tacklers, but he tends to get hit way too often and he doesn't have the mobility to make things happen on his own. He'll need some serious coaching to correct a fundamental flaw in his delivery; he hitches it a bit and doesn't have a compact motion. He's not going to be the answer for anyone right away, but if someone can be patient and give him about two years he could be the type of quarterback to build around. There's not the ceiling on his potential like many scouts seem to believe there is.
CFN Value Rank: Late Second Round    CFN Position Rank: 4
33 199 6th Round  Robert Henderson, DE Southern Miss
At 6-3 and 280 pounds he has good size and enough moves to grow into a big pass rusher. He's not a great athlete and has to show he can bring it at a high level game in and game out. He was a nasty playmaker in Conference USA and could get overlooked because of the lack of high-end competition.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent    CFN Position Rank: NR