The Giants wrapped up their 2012 NFL Draft class on Saturday afternoon. Overall, the Giants added 1 RB, 1 WR, 1 CB, 1 TE, 2 OLs, and 1 DT. Given the departures of Brandon Jacobs, Aaron Ross, Mario Manningham, and the injury uncertainty surrounding the tight ends, the Giants had a nice draft. I highlighted the Giants first rounder, David Wilson on Saturday and today, I’ll touch on the other six players selected.
Round 1: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
I highlighted Wilson here, so check it out. In short, he’s explosive, runs tough after contact, and can do back flips. Pretty cool in my book.
Round 2: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
LSU isn’t known for its down field passing attack, but that didn’t derail the Giants from selecting Randle. If anything, Jerry Reese compared Randle to Hakeem Nicks. Reese stated that Randle is ‘football fast’, which doesn’t always translate to an overly impressive 40 time. Alike Nicks, Randle is a big man. Checking in at 6’3″, 220 pounds, Randle is a big physical receiver that can create in space. Given the departure of Manningham, Randle will step in and compete with Jerrel Jerningan and others for the Giants third receiver role.
Round 3: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Another Hokie will be suiting up for Big Blue. Hosley is a small corner, checking in at 5’11”, 170 pounds, but ran an impressive 4.39 40-yard dash at the combine. The Giants will need to replace Aaron Ross and many expect Prince Amukamara to step this season. If anything, Hosley will help in nickle packages and provide support on special teams. He’s an interesting prospect.
Round 4: Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati
Robinson may be the Giants’ most interesting prospect. Reese has already coined Robinson as the ‘JPP of Tight Ends’. Tons of untapped potential. Robinson is 6’4″, 260 pounds, but only caught 12 passes last season for the Bearcats. If anything, he’s an Antonio Gates/Jermichael Finley type of prospect that has a lot of potential. Robinson was not invited to the Combine, but that’s the beauty of the NFL Draft. The Giants have the opportunity to turn an unheardof prospect into a household name. He’s a work in progress, but given the depleted depth at tight end, he’s one to watch.
Round 4: Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn
The Giants finished off the fourth round by nabbing Mosley, a prospect compared to David Diehl. He has the ability to play both guard and tackle.
Round 6: Matt McCants, OT, UAB
Another offensive lineman. McCants is a big man. Checking in at 6’7″, 315 pounds, McCants is your protypical left tackle. McCants is quick off the snap and has 36-inch arms. McCants will be a work in progress who could challenge for a starting spot in the next year or so.
Round 7: Markus Kuhn, DT, NC State
The Giants rounded out their draft by taking Kuhn, a German defensive tackle that can speak three languages. Kuhn has only played football for two seasons, but possess superior strength and can be molded into good player with a little coaching. Reese called him a ‘slugger’, so that’s good enough for me.
After the draft, the Giants agreed to terms with over ten undrafted free agents. As we’ve seen with Victor Cruz, the journey of the undrafted player is an interesting one. The risk is very low and the payoff is great. Of note, Rutgers running back, Joe Martinek was signed by Big Blue. Keep an eye on him.
Overall, each of these prospects possesses a lot of ability. However, we won’t know how good (or bad) each player is until they see some game action. We’ve seen the Giants build championships through the Draft and we can only hope that this year’s crop adds another championship.