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NEW YORK GIANTS
Fans of the other NFC East teams were once again subjected to watching the Giants celebrate a Super Bowl victory. Why do the Giants win? The New York Giants know how to draft. Jerry Reese is a man with a plan. Take for instance the decision to part ways with Brandon Jacobs and the selection of David Wilson. Out goes a high-priced headache and in comes a young rusher who, if all pans out as planned, will replace Ahmad Bradshaw and his troublesome feet in the not-to-distant future.
|1||32||David Wilson||RB||Virginia Tech|
|3||94||Jayron Hosley||CB||Virginia Tech|
|7||239||Markus Kuhn||DT||North Carolina State|
The selection of Reuben Randle looked like a luxury until Hakeem Nicks suffered a broken foot soon after the draft, now it looks rather genius. The Giants know how to work the draft. How many games, if any, Nicks will miss is yet to be known, but he’s unlikely to be up to full speed for the start of the season and Randle may see a lot of the field early on.
Adrien Robinson could be a steal where the G-Men snagged him at 127 overall. He was under utilized in the Cincinnati Bearcat’s offense but he has the athleticism, size (6’4″, 264 lbs.), and speed to perhaps capitalize on circumstances that place him on a championship team that has a TE opening due to injuries. Keep your eye on the TE competition and how the Giants look to be using the rookie in camp. You can see our predraft take on the status of the NY Giants TE situation in this article.
The Giants also invested two picks in offensive lineman that are developmental prospects that shouldn’t see a lot of playing time as rookies.
|QB||Eli Manning||David Carr|
|RB||Ahmad Bradshaw||David Wilson (R)||D.J. Ware|
|WR1||Hakeem Nicks||Rueben Randle (R)||Ramses Barden|
|WR2||Victor Cruz||Domenik Hixon||Jerrel Jernigan|
|TE||Martellus Bennett||Travis Beckum (INJ)||Christian Hopkins|
WINNERS: David Wilson (ADP 99 overall/ RB40)
Wilson walks into a very good situation. He has to prove he can understand the blocking schemes well enough not to get Eli Manning killed, but he works hard and we think he will get there quickly. This year he will get 115-150 touches even if Ahmad Bradshaw stays relatively healthy (a big if with two cranky feet). David Wilson could be the Giants feature back as early as next year. He packs a lot of punch into a squat frame (5’09, 206 lbs.) and he has the ability to break big runs. Wilson landed in a good spot where he can play early on and develop without the immediate pressure to be the offensive focal point. Read More on David Wilson in our Fantasy Relevant Rookie Article.
LOSERS: Jerrell Jernigan & Backup RBs
The next reception for the second year player out of Troy State will be his first as a pro. Jernigan attracted attention as a fantasy football sleeper heading into last season and Giants GM Jerry Reese has spoken highly of him as a guy he believes can win a role in the slot. Jernigan is 5’9′, 185 lbs, however, and now he has to compete with Reuben Randle at 6’3″, 210 lbs for playing time – not good news for the pint-sized 2nd year WR.
Okay, “Backup RBs” is a bit of a cop-out. We’re just not sure how it will shake out but we think there were some long faces among the group (Andre Brown, Da’Rel Scott, and D.J. Ware) when the Giants spent a first round pick on another running back. Of this group, Ware is the only one with NFL stats and they are less than impressive with just 81 carries for 324 yards, and 1 TD in three seasons. One of these backs probably will not be a Giant when the season begins and our gut feeling is that Da’Rel Scott will be elsewhere.