New York Giants: 2014 NFL Round 1 Rapid Reaction
May, 8, 2014
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The pick: Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver, LSU
My take: I don't like it, honestly. And this is nothing against the player, who's superfast and might well turn out to be a star. This isn't about predicting how these guys will play, because we can't. It's about assessing what kind of job the team did in maximizing the value of its pick. And in a draft like this, with so much talent at wide receiver, I don't see why a wide receiver under 6 feet tall is worth the No. 12 overall pick. I think the Giants could have addressed offensive line here with Zack Martin and figured out wide receiver later on. And as you know, I think improving the overall talent level on the offensive line should have been priority No. 1.
The ones that got away? A lot of Giants fans had been hoping for tight end Eric Ebron or tackle Taylor Lewan, who went Nos. 10 and 11, respectively, to Detroit and Tennessee. I do not believe the Giants would have picked either of those players over Beckham. Based on conversations I had in the days leading up to the draft, the Giants came out of their pre-draft interactions with Lewan with enough questions about his makeup to push him off their board. And Ebron plays tight end and doesn't block, and since the Giants don't value the tight end position enough to merit spending a pick this high on it, I do not believe he was in consideration for them here. I thought they'd take Martin, but there were a lot of people in this team's draft room who thought Beckham was a difference-maker, and they think they can get their offensive line help later.
What's next: The Giants hold the 11th pick in the second round (No. 43 overall), which is likely too far down to allow them to trade back up into the first, and they hold the 10th pick in the third round (No. 74 overall). So those are two pretty good picks Friday night that should allow them to address the interior of the offensive line. Look for them to look at a center in the second round, and keep an eye on Colorado State's Weston Richburg if he doesn't go tonight. They also hold a fourth-round pick, two fifth-round picks and a sixth-round pick Saturday. They traded their seventh-round pick for linebacker Jon Beason early last season.