Originally posted on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 4/21/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2009: Jerry Reese of the New York Giants poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by NFL Photos)


by Adam Carman, BGB Assistant Editor

Let me preface this by saying that I am in no way a draft expert. In fact, if Jerry Reese deliberately set out to draft all the people I didn't pick/have never heard of, he couldn't have done a more complete job these past few seasons. In the last five years I have picked exactly two draft picks, only one of them number one (Hakeem Nicks in 2009 and Greg Jones last year). And among Giants bloggers I am in the minority since I thought last year's draft was mostly a waste (except for J. Williams and to a lesser extent, Jones) and that they won the Super Bowl precisely because most were injured and didn't play. This year's draft is also tricky in that it is deep with offensive talent (and we know Jerry Reese takes the best player available) while the defense seems to be the unit in most need of improvement in 2012. So with this caveat, I offer my hopes and thoughts for the New York Giants 2012 draft.

1. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford. I know common wisdom has the Giants picking a linebacker or an offensive tackle here but if Fleener is still on the board at number 32 I don't see how Reese can avoid taking him as the best player available (and seriously, aren't 11 linebackers enough?!). Fleener fills a hole as Jake Ballard is expected to be out indefinitely and Beckum should be out forever once he recovers, and gives the Giants another legitimate deep threat as well as a great blocker. Martellus Bennett and Bear Pascoe are still around, of course, and will be very effective, but neither one of them is an athlete like Fleener. Offensive tackles Mike Adams or Jonathan Martin are also good choices at this.

2. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State. Face facts: The Giants run defense was generally poor last year--they did miss Barry Cofield! Haters. Anyway, Bernard's gone, Austin's a shot in the dark, so this leaves Linval Joseph, stud, and Chris Canty holding the middle. The Giants also like to put their defensive ends inside sometimes. Worthy's a beast in the middle, quick off the snap and a sure tackler. This is something the Giants need to address in the run-happy NFC East.

3. Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall. I have almost no hope Curry will fall this far. Most likely this is where they draft an offensive tackle or wide receiver. But if by chance he does, they need to grab him. Like JPP, he explodes off the ball with intensity and doesn't miss when he has someone in his sights. This defensive line is already scary and if they add Worthy and Curry, they'll ensure the line stays scary for years to come.

4a. A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois. I'm not convinced that the Giants need to replace Mario Manningham. If Reese is right about Jernigan and Hixon stays healthy, they can make up the loss of the often-clumsy receiver to the 49ers. But Jenkins is fairly decent. He showed some nice moves in a run-first offense so if Manning can get the ball to him, he seems to be a good slot runner for number 3. At the very least he gives the Giants another option in the return game should they choose not to risk Hixon's health.

4b. The Giants have two picks in the 4th round this year. They should use the second to bolster their offensive line. Lucas Nix, a guard from Pittsburgh, is a really solid run-blocking player. If the Giants want to re-establish their running dominance, this should do the trick.

5. Traded to the Bengals for Keith Rivers.

6. Blake DeChristopher, OT, Virginia Tech, blocked for a great running game and earned the Jacobs award as the best offensive linman in the ACC. Since Kareem Mackenzie is all but gone that right tackle position will be open and DeChristopher should be able to fill it immediately.

7. Winston Guy, S, Kentucky. If Deon Grant really leaves, the Giants will need help in the secondary. Phillips is a beast but Rolle and Sash are too inconsistent. Guy seems made for Fewell's system being both excellent in coverage and solid against the run. If Fewell continues to call for those 4 and 5-DB packages, Guy will be invaluable.

So there you have it, Giants fans! My two cents on this year's draft.
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