Only a handful of analysts thought Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara would pass through the top-15, and many top analysts had Amukamara rated in the top-10. The Giants didn’t think they had a shot at him, so they didn’t work him out, and they didn’t even bring him in for a visit.

After the jump, we’ll look at the pick a little closer and I’ll give the G-Men my first round grade.

Welcome to New York, Prince


In the weeks leading up to the NFL draft, and just before the draft began, general manager Jerry Reese repeatedly insisted value would determine Giants’ draft choice, not need. While we primarily need help on the offensive line and at linebacker the Giants didn’t hesitate for a second to take Amukamara, the Big 12 defensive player of the year, even with Outland Trophy winner Gabe Carimi and Boston College product Anthony Castonzo still on the board. The Giants’ secondary depth – Webster, Thomas, Ross, Amukamara, Phillips, Rolle, Grant – is now excellent, and could very well be the NFL’s best.

I must say, I like Amukamara. A lot. He’s an extremely athletic and strong shutdown corner that will have success in the pros – whether it’s at corner or safety, where some people think he’ll be moved (I say doubtful; draft him as a corner, play him as a corner). The Giants stuck to their guns and drafted the best player available at 19, who surprisingly fell there because of the early rush on quarterbacks. The Giants get tremendous value, for a player that many people believed wouldn’t make it out of the top-10.

Grade: A