Hey, sorry I couldn't chat last week, they had me camped out in the parking lot waiting for players to come out after they were able to visit the facility for a few days. But I'm back so let's get to it.
What do you think of Troy State WR Jerrel Jernigan was picked in the 3rd Round by the Giants?
Hey Chris. I haven't really seen Jerrel play when he was at Troy. But the Giants love his speed, he ran a 4.4 I think and he's a threat all over the field. Reports are that he is a good slot receiver, has downfield threat, shifty in space, and he has a 100-yard kickoff and 75-yard punt return. He is the conference's all-time leader in multi-purpose yards I believe. The Giants can use that speed on special teams for sure. They finished second to last on both punt and kickoff returns.
Good luck with your boy leaving the basketball team for the pros.
If Amakamura was that good, Suh would have made sure they Lions drafted him.
That's a good point but then again, teams don't always listen to players telling them who to draft. Fairley was considered a potential top 6 talent. Amukamara was more really a guy who was going to go 9 or 10 at the highest. Lions did the right thing. We'll see how good Prince is. But for a guy that many had going as high as nine at one point in many mock drafts, the Giants did well to get him at 19.
Ohm, my main man, right on. Listen, the theme of this draft was speed speed speed for our G-Men. Does Da'Rel Scott have a chance of making this team and if so why was player who has the prototypical running back size 5'10 220 and blazing speed almost not get drafted. Fumbles, character issues, etc? What was the problem in scouts' eyes? Thanks for the info.
Wud up JC? How's it in FLA? I think Scott has a chance... don't know how good the percentages are but the Giants love his speed and size. As for why he fell... I didn't hear anything about character issues. I think Fridge had him split time with Meggett's son at Maryland and that may be why his production went down big time from sophomore to junior and senior years. My boys back home at Maryland said he split time at running back so that is why you saw his carries, yards and TDs go down. We'll see. Giants said why not and try him in seventh round. They did well last time they took a RB in 7th round with Bradshaw.
Ohm's Law!!! Looks like another Reese clunker of a draft to me. Martez Wilson, was just sitting there in round 2 for us and Reese passes him over for yet another DT. Has Reese noted why he yet again ignored LB (until the 6th round)?
Vinnie, wud up man? I don't think this was a clunker at all. I think Jerry did well in this draft. I hear you on Martez. He could be really good but you have no way of knowing. I believe Perry Fewell was at Illinois Pro Day so he saw Martez first-hand. And they obviously feel Marvin Austin is going to be a beast. He should have been a first-round pick if not for the suspension last year. By all accounts, this isn't a great draft at LB. But I do like who they got in the sixth round... LOL.
Wassup Ohm. I know your ecstatic about the Greg Jones Pick up. Do you think the G-men are interested in giving Plax another shot.
Wud up Shak... Love the Jones pick up. As for Plax, well, we won't know for sure until next month, if this lockout is lifted. I definitely think they are looking into it. Even after drafting Jernigan, I still think they can still be interested in Plax. But we have to see if Coughlin, Mara and Reese are on board with it. Only they know.
Ohm, I know you've got to have some thoughts on Greg Jones. Any ideas on how he fits in with the Giants? Will he mainly be a special teams player or could we see him get some playing time at mlb or olb?
Rob, here's my scouting report on Jones. I watched him for all four years, almost every game, and certainly every big game. I think he was a great college linebacker. He has good speed, not lightening fast but good speed and good closing speed when he comes from behind and chases down guys and drags them down from behind. He has good instincts at the line, is a machine when it comes to tackling. He's not the tallest guy (6-0) but he's a leader. My only knock, and we are talking nit-picking, is that he had an incredible junior year, 150-plus tackles, nine sacks or so, All-America and Big Ten player of the year. So I was kind of expecting super big things from him his senior year and he didn't really come close to matching those numbers.
(Continuned) Now some of that may have to do with the front line in front of him which was OK. I mean, those are lofty numbers to begin with and I was kind of hoping to see him take another step forward and dominate. He didn't really do that but with that said, he was still very good. He earned All-American honors again and he led MSU to a share of the Big Ten title. With all that said, how does he fit in with the Giants? I think he will have a shot to maybe, at best, get some snaps here and there to spell Goff and help out with three linebackers. I think he is quicker than Dillard and will push Dillard right from the get-go. He will help on special teams and my initial guess is he will contribute more than Dillard did last year which is pretty good for a sixth-round guy.
There's my official scouting report on Greg Jones. LOL. Bottom line, I think it was a very good pick in the sixth round and I think he will be highly-motivated to come in and prove himself. I don't expect him to be a starter or anything like that but I do think he will be a contributor on special teams and maybe even a few snaps at linebacker here and there.
Do the Giants still re-sign Cofield after drafting Marvin Austin?
Rob, it depends on what happens here with the CBA. Will he be a restricted free agent? If so, the Giants have already tendered him at a one-year RFA offer. Barry has said he doesn't want to play for that for a second straight year and could ask for a trade. I think even if he is unrestricted, Giants will want him back but at the right cost. Barry deserves a nice contract though and he may get that elsewhere.
Where does Amukamara fit in with the secondary? Will he start in the nickel and work his way into the starting lineup?
Josh, I think Prince is the fourth CB right away. He could push Ross if he is as good as advertised. Rookies have a learning curve and corner is a difficult position to grasp. But if all goes well, he should be in there on passing down situations and maybe sometimes instead of three safeties, maybe they throw Prince in there. I would temper expectations a bit. Remember, they still have Webster and Thomas and Ross ahead of him. Even with that said, I like the pick a lot. I still felt they needed a cornerback and Ross' contract will be up, I think, after this season.
What are your thoughts on the James Brewer pick? I've heard he's got LT feet and Reese wants him to get up to around 330lbs. Does he eventually become a starter or more of a swing man?
Tyler, I don't think I saw Brewer play this season. Think MSU and Indiana did not play this past season. But Jerry Reese did say he has feet agile enough to play both tackle spots for them and he says he can play left tackle. Sounds, though, that Brewer will be more of a developmental project early on. He has to improve on strength and technique. He could play if there are injuries but his value will be realized later down the road, it appears. Giants like his size and athleticism and feel he is a late-bloomer.
Ohm, any news to pass along about Chad Jones? How's the recovery coming and when he will be able to come back and play - this year, next year?
Kevin, I spoke to Patrick Peterson, former LSU teammate, last week. Patrick said he spoke with Chad and has been trying to keep Chad upbeat. Chad is still rehabbing but I think it sounds like he has a long ways to go before we think about football again. I think Chad is doing all he can but it is going to be a very long road back.
Ohm my love, have you missed me?
Yeah girl, you been going around giving graduation speeches, writing books and now off to Italy???? Snooks is ballin!
Hey Ohm. Do you think there's any chance the Giants will sign Mark Herzlich from Boston College (sp) once the lockout is lifted?
Anthony, I have a feeling Herzlich is going to be a popular guy once lockout is lifted. I spoke with him last week and he said he had talked to the Giants a bit after Pro Day. He also has spoken to Mathias Kiwanuka, both from BC. So I could see the Giants trying to go after him. He probably will go where he feels he has the best chance to make a roster. Giants would be a nice place.
Did any of the players at the draft last week have a watch that was valued at less than $100K?
We only saw one player, Prince. And I didn't notice anything ridiculous. I did go to the city to talk to several of the high draft picks. Didn't notice anything super Bling'd out other than some nice ear rings here and there. But I wasn't at Radio City. We did the draft from Giants headquarters. Usually at Radio City, the bling comes out on draft night.
Lockout makes things different this year. Draft picks have to becareful with money.
Jonas Mouton 2nd rd. Greg Jones 6th rd. Ha (although I don't get it, either.)
Yeah, what was up with that????
Ohm's Law!!! Alright, a CB at #1, just what we didn't need in the first. I've heard Reese say that he received some offers to move down but "they weren't good enough". Does the team ever release that type of info (what the offers actually were)? Seems we would have been much better served by moving down in the 1st and picking up an extra 2 or a 3.
The Giants do not relase that kind of information. I think they did just fine with taking Prince. I mean, hey, you could be right, maybe he doesn't pan out. Hard to know. But why not take a shot. They can use another corner. They were thin there after Ross last season. And you need another young corner and he has top-15 talent according to many.
How much impact do you expect Jerrel Jernigan and Da'Rell Scott to have this year? Can either see meaningful snaps outside of kick or punt returns?
I think Jernigan has a better shot at returning than Scott does. But don't discount Hixon. He will be back. We'll see how he does after tearing his ACL. Scott can help on special teams coverage but I don't think he will be returning... yet.
Ohm, do you see any free agents - depending on whose available - the Giants might look at after the lockout? Would someone like Posluszny the linebacker from Buffalo be a good fit since he played under Fewell with the Bills?
Tyler, hard to say who will be free agents. I don't think Poz will be a free agent if the CBA remains the same as last year. Let's see who is officially an unrestricted free agent and restricted first. But I do think they can go grab another linebacker via free agency and a center and maybe a tight end and safety.
Why do the Gmen refuse to draft a LB. Are they giving up on Ross/TT already with the Prince pick. I wasn't impressed with Prince as much as Jimmy Smith or Peterson. A lot of hightlights from college were of him committing what would be pass interfernce in the NFL.
I don't think they are giving up on Ross and TT. I think they went for best value there. Smith may be the better cover guy but he reportedly had a lot of red flags with character. He did struggle a bit last year with production but the Giants like his speed and size. There were no impact linebackers worth taking at 19.
Alright guys, thanks for the questions... see you all next week and happy Cinco De Mayo!