Eli gets an upgraded version of Hakeem Nicks!
The Giants did something you don't see too often in the off-season which is lead the NFL in signed free agents. It is true Giants fans and football fans in general. GM Jerry Reese knows the time to win is now. The Giants have been so up and down the past few seasons. Giants fans and Jerry Reese are sick and tired of mediocre inconsistent seasons. For years Reese and company have failed to bring in impact free agents and have also struggled drafting well and not going for immediate needs. This off-season the Giants have done a great job of bringing in good well known free agents. That trend continued with the Giant's draft this year. Reese immediately attacked two major weaknesses of the team which is at the WR and C position. Let's see who else Reese drafted and the grades I gave the Giants.
WR Odell Beckham Jr. (A): The Giants decided to part ways with WR Hakeem Nicks this off-season. I believe the Giants upgraded with WR Odell Beckham who already possess NFL ready talent. In college he was already running NFL routes. He is so smooth in his route running something Nicks struggled with which led to one of Eli Manning worse seasons ever as a pro. Beckham has good hands as well and is explosive after the catch. He also gives you value in the return game as well. Great pick here by the Giants.
C Weston Richburg (A): Richburg was the highest rated C on the board when the Giants selected him. Richburg just plays with a nasty mean streak. He has good initial quickness and is strong at the point of attack. I am excited to see Richburg play in the NFL, I can see him easily playing 10-12 years in the NFL.
DT Jay Bromley (B): I know a lot of draft experts are down on this pick by the Giants. I like where he was selected. Anytime a DT can rush the QB and sack him 10 times I am all for him. The Giants need sack production from anywhere on the defensive line. Bromley has good strong hands and can hold his own against blockers.
RB Andre Williams (B+): The Giants definitely needed a running back in this year's draft due to the injury concerns with David Wilson. I love the Williams runs the football, he loves to lower his pads and run defenders over. Williams needs to work on catching the ball. But he is 20 plus carrier and can be great in short yardage situations. Good signing here!
S Nat Berhe (B): Don't worry or look at Berhe's measurables, trust me you are wasting your time. Just plug in the tape and watch this kid play. He has a passion for being around the football and loves to hit. Berhe is also a great tackler. He does lack range and ball awareness skills as he is more of an in the box SS.
OLB Devon Kennard (D): I am not a fan of Dennard. He plays too slow and looks stiff on film. He was highly recruited out of high school and had a disappointing career at USC. Maybe he can improve, but I am sorry I just don't see it. Maybe being in the NFL will be his motivation to play at a high level.
CB Benett Jackson (B-): Bennet Jackson has good NFL size to play corner. But he doesn't have great ball awareness skills and plays undisciplined a lot. But that can be corrected with good coaching. He does add value as a kick returner.