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Grading the Giants' 2012 draft

It's never too early to give you our take on who's new in Big Blue

Originally Published: April 26, 2012
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com


David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
Round 1, 32nd pick

Analysis: The New York Giants may have gone more for need here for once rather than selecting the best player available. Jerry Reese passed on some talented prospects like Georgia offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, Alabama defensive end Courtney Upshaw and Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill, all expected to go higher than Wilson. But Reese must've felt the need to grab the second best running back on the Giants' board at the end of the first round instead of taking a chance and seeing what they could get at running back in the second or third rounds. By taking Wilson, though, the Giants have a 1-2 punch again with starter Ahmad Bradshaw and added insurance in case Bradshaw's surgically-repaired feet act up. Wilson can run, catch, has big-play ability and offers the bonus of being able to return kickoffs. He can improve on pass blocking and ball protection. But he's pretty acrobatic, having recently posted a video on YouTube doing 21 back flips. The last time the Giants drafted a prospect that could do over a dozen back flips, they did pretty well with Jason Pierre-Paul in 2010.

Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
Round 2, 63rd pick

Analysis: The Giants discussed Randle on Thursday night with their first round pick at 32. So to get him at 63 is terrific value for the Giants. In their first two picks, the Giants have added two new offensive weapons for Eli Manning while also addressing areas of need. Randle gives the Giants talent and depth at receiver and the best-case scenario is he comes in and competes for the third receiver spot vacated by Mario Manningham. Director of college scouting Marc Ross says Randle is an NFL-ready receiver who didn't get a ton of opportunities due to LSU's run-oriented offense. Considering that they got Virginia Tech running back David Wilson in the first round to help replace Brandon Jacobs and Randle to potentially take Manningham's spot, the Giants are off to a strong start in the draft.

Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Round 3, 94th pick

Analysis:The Giants went for defense and added Hosley in the third round. The Super Bowl champs like Hosley's feisty and physical nature and athleticism. He also can return punts -- an area the Giants desperately need a spark in. But Hosley does come with some red flags after testing positive for marijuana at the scouting combine according to FOXsports.com. The Giants investigated the issue. Hosley also battled concussion and hamstring injuries last season but the Giants medical staff took a look at Hosley and gave him a passing grade. In 2010, Hosley led the country in interceptions with nine but only had three last season in 13 games but Tom Coughlin believes it is because quarterbacks steered clear of Hosley. The Giants hope they added a physical corner who can compete to be a nickel corner and be the punt returner this season and he provides depth and insurance in case the several cornerbacks the Giants have returning from season-ending injuries struggle to return to form.

Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati
Round 4, 127th pick

Analysis: The Giants are raving about drafting a tight end who didn't catch many passes while at Cincinnati. But Jerry Reese says Adrien Robinson is so athletic that he's "kind of a JPP of tight ends." The Giants see Robinson as an untapped tight end full of athletic possibilities and few develop tight ends any better than tight ends coach Mike Pope. The Giants did address an area of need with Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum recovering from ACL injuries. Hard to give this a grade since Robinson didn't have much offensive production at Cincinnati. But never doubt what Pope and the Giants can do with a tight end after seeing how they did with undrafted guys like Ballard and Pascoe.

Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn
Round 4, 131st pick

Analysis: The Giants didn't address offensive line until their second pick in the fourth round but went for a right tackle who is a versatile athlete that can play guard and has gone up against stellar competition. Auburn's Brandon Mosley played tight end and defensive end in junior college and was the starting right tackle when Cam Newton was at Auburn as well. The Giants believe Mosley is a gritty, old-fashioned kind of offensive lineman in the David Diehl mode since he can play tackle and guard.

Matt McCants, OT, UAB
Round 6, 201st pick

Analysis: The Giants take UAB's Matt McCants, a 6-5 left tackle who appears is a project for the future. The Giants will likely start Will Beatty at left tackle and they also have David Diehl, who helped the Giants win the Super Bowl at left tackle but could move to right tackle this season. Jerry Reese says McCants could develop into a starting prospect by next year at this time.


Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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