Sep 7, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Syracuse Orange defensive tackle Jay Bromley (96) causes a fumble by Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter (2) during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
With the 74th pick in the 2014 NFL draft the New York Giants select… Jayson Bromley, DT, Syracuse!
Bromley was a productive pass rusher in the middle of the Syracuse defensive line, tallying 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss in his senior season. Bromley really improved last year and flashed the ability to get to the quarterback up the middle which the Giants defensive line sorely needs. Clearly, the 3-tech defensive tackle position was a huge area of need for the Giants and they might have reached just a bit to fulfill that need. Bromley also showed some versatility in college, playing numerous position along the line, something the Giants coaching staff likes in their lineman.
To be honest, I am not a huge fan of this selection by the Giants, as I liked other players on the board better, even at the defensive tackle position. People used to argue that the Giants always drafted “best player available”, but I think it is fairly clear they sometimes reach and draft for need. I hope Bromley pans out, but he will need a lot of coaching up as he has a number of technique issues.
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