Yesterday, I gave the Jets a B for their 2011 draft haul. Today, I’m going to analyze the Giants picks. The Giants got the second best value in the first round (hats off to Detroit for Nick Fairley) when they selected Prince Amukamara (aka da kid from Nebrakser) with the 19th selection. The Giants added some other playmakers later in the draft, highlighted by defensive tackle, Marvin Austin in the second round and wide receiver, Jerrel Jernigan in the third. How did the entire Giants draft class stack up though?
Pick #19: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: This pick was all about value for the Giants. The Giants already have a deep, yet injury riddled secondary, but there’s no way they could pass on the Nebraska product this late in the first round. The 6’0″, 206 pound corner ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the combine and was ranked as the eighth best player (second best corner) in the draft by Scouts Inc. The Giants were one of the beneficiaries by the quarterback run in the first half of the round. Amukamara has great ball skills, cover skills, and speed. He never missed a game in 47 starts for the Cornhuskers and has no off-field issues. Amukamara did not record any interceptions in 2010, but that is misleading given how frequently teams shied away from him.
The Giants have been plagued by the big-play ability of receivers in the NFC East (cough, DeSean Jackson). Amukamara never played against fellow Big 12 foe, Dez Bryant, but these two will tangle for many years to come. Great pick by the Giants.
Pick #52: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina: Austin did not play at all during the 2010 season due to inappropriate dealings with an agent (obvious character issues), but was a consensus Top 10 pick before the 2010 season. During the 2009 season, the 6’1″, 309 Austin recorded 42 tackles and four sacks. Austin has a very quick first step against the run, but there are some questions about his effort during games. At times, Austin would get lost in the shuffle and give up on plays. Being mentored by Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyora will change that. Point being, this kid has some obvious talent, but must play more consistent.
Pick #83: Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy: Jernigan was the tenth ranked receiver on the board by Scouts Inc., but there a few questions. The 5’8″, 185 pound receiver lacks size, but makes up for in speed (4.46 40). Jernigan caught 84 balls for 822 yards and six TDs during his senior season. He also produced two special teams touchdowns on 48 tries. He’ll help the Giants on special teams.
Pick #117: James Brewer, OT, Indiana: Brewer is an absolute load, checking in at 6’6″, 323 pounds, but there are some questions. Brewer wasn’t great as a run blocker and showed some signs of disinterest like Austin has. Brewer has the physical tools, but needs to put it all together.
Pick #185: Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State: Jones was extremely durable at Michigan State, starting every game during his four-year campaign for the Spartans. Jones recorded 106 tackles during 2010 and has been described as ‘a leader that works hard in practice, weight room, and film room’.
Pick #198: Tyler Sash, S, Iowa: The third Big 10 pick for Big Blue. Alike Jones, Sash never missed a game during his three years with the Hawkeyes. Recorded 79 tackles in 2010. He will benefit learning from Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle.
Pick #202: Jacquian Williams, LB, South Florida: Another linebacker pick for Big Blue. Williams recorded 69 tackles (44 solo) as a starter. Williams is a good friend of last year’s first rounder, JPP. He plays very well in space and is a good tackler.
Pick #221: Da’Rel Scott, RB, Maryland: Scott ran for a Maryland-high 200 yards in the Military Bowl against East Carolina. Scott had two runs of 60+ yards in the game and has showed big play ability.
Overall Grade: B-
The Giants got incredible value with Amukamara and possibly Austin. Jernigan can help the Giants right away on special teams and the later picks have some upside. Personally, I’m going to watch Williams this season and see what he brings to the table. I think he can make an impact right away.
The Giants needed offensive line help and may have waited too long in the draft. Their current unit is old and the draft didn’t make that unit any better. Love the Prince in NY, but I’m not impressed with the overall haul.
Giant fans: Time to weight in.