A Giant Tuesday, less than two weeks from the NFL Draft 2010, is upon us. Here’s to talking Giants draft on a Tuesday (I am raising a glass, albeit to myself on this one).
The list of players visiting the Giants (or having been confirmed for a visit) continues to grow. Among names you will recognize are Penn State middle linebacker Sean Lee (nice to see Jerry willing to hedge his bet on this one as Rolando McClain falling to the G-men in Round 1 is no sure thing and I am not so sure Jerry is giving up draft picks to grab him either); LSU Safety Chad Jones (think Taylor Mays but a bit better in coverage and even more physical, this guy is an athlete in every sense of the word, how his size and athleticism translate, we don’t know); Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman (all this guys does is make plays from the weakside, also brings in a few character concerns, so a private visit makes sense, Bowman should be around for the Giants in Round 2 of the draft).
It is also being reported that the Giants will host Iowa cornerback Amari Spievy, who plays faster than he times and is a physical corner in run support (sounds like a versatile player, hence, Jerry Reese’s interest). Nice to see the G-men focusing on players who are physical and who come from big-time programs, the G-men do love big ten talents (think Barry Cofield) and this team needs more physical, work-man type of players.
Names being associated with the Giants in the middle of round one currently include the following (drumroll please):
Rolando McClain (some experts do believe his stock is dropping a bit)
Sean Weatherspoon (most feel the middle of round one might be a bit early, but if the G-men have true interest here, a trade-down for an extra pick or two makes sense)
Jason Pierre-Paul (sure, he is a one year wonder, but doesn’t he remind us of a bigger, perhaps stronger, Osi Umeniyora? And, we do know that the Giants love stock-piling pass rushers and this guys may not contribute right away, but he has the dreaded “upside” label which makes you smile and cringe all at the same time)
C.J. Spiller (the do-it-all back likely doesn’t get out of the first ten picks, but with running backs, you never know; he is a true home-run threat and would give the G-men huge versatility on offense not to mention the special teams contributions; for my money, if he is gone, perhaps Jahvid Best is a nice alternative here in round 2)
Anthony Davis (Hard to pin down where Davis might go, he is huge, reportedly has great tape, but struggled a bit at the combine and also comes with maturity questions (questions like, “why are you so immature?)
Maurkice Pouncey (While flying a bit under the radar, Pouncey is the best true center/guard in this draft and may have the feet and strength to also play right tackle, Reese has made it a point to mention the bolstering of the interior line, this guy would do that and more. For my money, I love Pouncey over Iupati (a bit slow footed to me) every day of the week.