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3rd Round (#74 overall) Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
This is where the Giants draft began to really go off the rails, as far as I am concerned. By all accounts Bromley is a fantastic kid, with a great story, but taking him before guys like Caraun Reid or Will Sutton, who I both project as better 3-tech’s than Bromley, is a bit of a head scratcher to me. Bromley is a guy I think they could have gotten in the 5th or 6th round, so I really dislike the value here. I hope he pans out, but this seems like another classic ‘Reese reach’.
For the second straight round a coveted prospect of mine was left on the board. UNC’s Kareem Martin, who perfectly fit the Giants’ defensive end mold, was on the board when Bromley was selected. Bromley, a 6’3″ 305 pound defensive tackle, is a late bloomer in terms of football success. After mediocre seasons, Bromley finished last year with 10 sacks, a solid number for not just a tackle but an ACC player. Bromley’s addition helps fill the void left by Linval Joseph in the tackle rotation, so the selection isn’t exactly illogical. He brings a high motor and active hands, along with decent burst off the line. Bromley is an average pick up in the third, which may have been a bit early for him. I believe Kareem was a better pick at this point, but there’s no doubting Bromley’s upside.