- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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The draft is over, the grades are in and the New York Giants appear to have achieved their stated goal of adding seven players they liked. For those who may have missed it, this is the list of 2014 Giants draft picks:
Round 1 (12 overall): Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
Round 2 (43): Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
Round 3 (74): Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuce
Round 4 (113): Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
Round 5 (152): Nat Berhe, S, San Diego State
Round 5 (174): Devon Kennard, LB, USC
Round 6 (187): Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
Instant impact? I could see Richburg as the Week 1 starting center, and I believe they'll give Beckham an opportunity to play wide receiver at some point early in this season if not sooner. They also think they can use him on punt returns and kick returns, so it'll be interesting to see how they split up those opportunities among him, Trindon Holliday and Quintin Demps in the preseason. And they're hoping they can use Bromley in the defensive tackle rotation right away, but we'll see whether he comes that quickly. It appears as though he'll have more opportunity to see the field than 2013 second-rounder Johnathan Hankins did last year, because the roster isn't as deep at defensive tackle as it was in 2013.
The rest of them look as though they can be useful special-teamers right away, and Williams could be more than that if they're going to use him as, say, a goal-line or short-yardage back. Like every Giants running back, he'll have to prove he can handle at least some pass-protection responsibilities if he wants to get on the field. But as a runner, he's a guy they could use right away if David Wilson isn't ready or if they had an injury to Rashad Jennings or Peyton Hillis. I will have more on Williams, one of the Giants' more interesting picks, later today.
Asked for his favorite pick for each team, Todd McShay picked Richburg for the Giants, and I agree with him. Nothing against Beckham, who has a chance to be a lot of fun in the passing game, but none of that's going to be possible if the Giants can't block better at the line of scrimmage.