Giant Monday Musings


Happy Blue Monday to you all!

As we are less than a month from the NFL Draft (beginning on Thursday, April 22, 2010), rumors are swirling and we have the scoop.

In Round 1, most Giant thoughts have centered on Rolando McClain and whether he will fall into Jerry Reese’s lap at pick number 15 (and this makes sense given the Giants gaping hole at middle linebacker with the release of long-time leader, Antonio Pierce).

Fresh today is the rumor that both the Dolphins and the Giants are looking to move up into the bottom half of the first 10 picks for a shot at do-it-all running back C.J. Spiller (see profootballtalk.com for more info).

Consensus from giants fans here is that Spiller is a dynamic talent who would look great in blue, but giving up picks to move up in the draft will not make Giants fans happy with other holes to fill (middle linebacker, depth in the secondary, defensive tackle, and another offensive lineman). Still, questions about running back can not be ignored (behemoth Brandon Jacobs has yet to withstand the pounding of a full season without slowing down and mini-me Ahmad Bradshaw is recovering from off-season ankle surgeries), Spiller would give the Giants a new three-headed monster and also a guy who can change the game on special teams (yes, Hixon is a good special teams player, but Spiller would be a Giant upgrade).

Also being reported are Giant visits with Penn State linebacker Sean Lee (likely to be sitting at or around the Giants pick no. 45 in Rd. 2 of the draft) as well as visits with William & Mary defensive end/linebacker Adrian Tracy and defensive tackle DT Sean Lissemore. Nice to see Reese again doing due diligence on late round players, as he has hit it big in the later rounds (see TE Kevin Boss, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, and S Michael Johnson). I can’t wait to hear more about Sean Lee’s meet up; Lee is a true play-maker who is a solid in both coverage and against the run, Lee is a guy who could/should start right away and might give the Giants some flexibility in round one if he is the target in round 2.

There is also talk that the Giants are among teams interested in Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, known to be quite the talker (have a feeling he would get along just fine with the media in NYC) and is versatile, but I still think Spoon is a trade down a few spots option if the Giants can’t move up for Spiller or sit tight and grab McClain.

Looking back from this past week, some of you have expressed that you believe Kevin Kolb will be better than Donovan McNabb (assuming McNabb is shipped out as expected). McNabb is a sure fire Hall of Famer, yes, he is on the downside of his career, but he is still playing at a high level and, most importantly, he has had pretty good success against the Giants. Kolb could the second coming, but I will take my chances on a first year starter than another season of McNabb, just my take.

Giants fan, rumors and speculation will run rampant for the next month, stay calm, focused, and of course, stay blue! We have you covered here!

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  • http://gridironfans.com/ Brian Mazza

    Totally agree on McNabb vs. Kolb. The Giants are 4-10 (including playoffs) against McNabb since ’01.

  • Howard Young

    Spiller? No way! Giants had their worst defense in 60 years and don’t have a middle linebacker also need help on the defensive line and have not only not signed a single free agent for the front 7 but Pierce and Robbins are both not there anymore either. If Spiller who will go in the first round or Sam Bradford are available at #15 the Giants would NOT take either – Giants need defense!

  • http://gmenhq.com Paul Graziano

    Howard,
    Your point is well taken, if the Giants defense does not return to form in 2010, then the G-men might be in for a lot of high scoring games, not really Tom Coughlin’s style of football.
    that being said, I think the Giants are enamored with Spiller and might pull the trigger at no. 15; I don’t think it makes sense to give up draft picks to move up for him, if Spiller went in round one, then I would think defense would be the priority the rest of the way.

  • Eric Kovalkoski

    Middle-Backer only Jerry!

  • http://gmenhq.com Paul Graziano

    Eric,
    You speak for the Giant masses on this one, I am still not sold on McClain as a great fit for Perry’s 4-3 defense, though I think McClain will be a hell of a player and better than many picked before him this year. For my money, I see Jerry either trading down from no. 15 and grabbing Sean Weatherspoon (with an eye towards putting Spoon in the middle) or targeting Sean Lee in round two, who I deem to be a perfect fit for Big Blue.

  • Joe Canada

    Reese has done a good job at drafting, I have confidence he will pick well. While Mike is a need, I think Reese will not blindly pick a linebacker. If there is a unique talent at 15, he will consider pulling the trigger.

  • Paul Graziano

    Joe,
    Agreed my friend, I do believe the rumors that the Giants are somewhat enamored with Spiller, in the unlikely event he falls down to no. 15…Jerry Reese will have options, including trade down options, and still will be able to add a quality talent.