Focusing In On The Draft With PFF

Pro Football Focus gives NY Giants fans some help, with their pre-draft analysis.

It is an excellent breakdown and a perfect example as to why I like to use Pro Football Focus for unbiased numbers during the season. Here are some key snippets of the article…

On the state of the OT’s:

Kareem McKenzie is firmly entrenched as one of the premier starters on the right side. The same cannot be said of David Diehl on the left side however. After a couple of poor years in 2008 and 2009, Diehl’s performances fell off a cliff. To be fair to him this was probably partly due to injury but he’s shown previously he’s a below average starter anyway. His -18.4 pass block ranking was 6th worst in the league, giving up eight sacks, ten hits and 24 pressures in 438 pass blocks.

In the draft, players like Gabe Carimi of Wisconsin, Anthony Costanzo of Boston College, Nate Solder of Colorado and Derrick Sherrod of Mississippi are all considered to be late first round prospects.

On Center prospects:

Harvey Dahl is the kind of rugged run blocker the Giants could look at and his teammate Justin Blalock might be an option too. In the draft, the Giants have been linked with OG/C Mike Pouncey of LSU.

On Fullbacks:

For a team that uses the fullback as much as Giants, having a quality lead blocker is a must…
Vontay Leach offers a lot of upside in free agency and Le’Ron McClain offers more in the receiving and rushing department.

PFF strangely put Fullback above DT, LB, and CB — three areas that many are considering the more important aspects of the Giants to be addressed. We’ll be covering those postions right here at GMEN HQ though as we head into the first day of the draft later this week.

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  • http://sportstatistics.blogspot.com/ Leffty

    Offensive line is a huge hidden need for this team, given all the uncertainty in the running game. Smith or any other CB would be such a waste of a pick at #19, so the Giants maybe should trade up to make sure they grab Pouncey around #14 or 15. The O-line is a very huge weak spot on this team, that MUST be filled via the draft. The Jets have shown how crucial it can be to a team to draft stong offensive lineman in the first round, and Big Blue has to make sure it does that. Check it out:

    http://bit.ly/k4qJ0h