Friday, April 27, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Giants take WR Randle
By Ohm Youngmisuk
PICK: Second round (31st, 63rd overall)
PLAYER: Rueben Randle
The New York Giants continued to stock up on offensive talent while addressing needs as well by taking Randle in the second round. Entering the draft, Randle was on the board for the Giants as a potential target in the first round. In fact, they discussed Randle on Thursday night before taking Virginia Tech running back David Wilson. So to get Randle at the end of the second is excellent value and it addresses need for a team that has an opening at its third wide receiver spot.
He will add on to an already talented receiving corps. The Giants feel Randle is "NFL ready." So far in this draft, Eli Manning now has two new toys at running back and wide receiver.
THE 411: Randle had 97 receptions for 1,634 yards and 13 touchdowns in his three seasons at LSU. He had 53 catches for 917 yards and eight touchdowns and averaged 17 yards per reception in 2011 on an LSU team that focused on the run and defense. According to Scouts Inc., Randle is a "confident pass catcher with strong hands. Can make tough catches over his head. Consistently shows ability to snatch on run. Outstanding body control to adjust."
HOW HE FITS IN: Giants can use a receiver after Mario Manningham signed with San Francisco in free agency. They get a talented one who has played both flanker and split end with good size.
PROJECTED IMPACT: Could come in and compete for the third wide receiver spot with Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan and Domenik Hixon. At the very least, the Giants got another talented receiver who joins Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz and could be a serious factor down the road. At best, he becomes the team's third receiving threat this season.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:Marc Ross, director of college scouting, says Randle is NFL-ready.
"I really didn't think there was a chance we were going to get him," Ross said. "Actually, we talked about a little about him yesterday with our pick. Rueben is an NFL-ready receiver. What I mean by that is this guy is strong, he can catch the ball, he is a good route runner and has got position-savvy. He knows how to get open. To me those are the successful receivers in the NFL. Our guys that we have now, Hakeem and Victor, you put them on at the combine, you won't notice them but if you put them on the football field, they just take their game to another level and this is how Rueben is in our eyes."
"The way LSU plays, they run the ball and they play defense ... so he didn't get a lot of chances," Ross added.