New York Giants: The Draft History of Jerry Reese

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Dec 14, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) fumbles the ball as he’s hit by New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Draft Class

After two very weak classes Reese may have had an excellent 2013 draft class. 1st round pick Justin Pugh has been a starter since day 1. Jonathan Hankins looks like a star D-Tackle who stuffs the run and uses his surprising speed to get after the quarterback. Damontre Moore has shown the ability to be a very good pass rusher and has used he length on special teams to block a few punts. Cooper Taylor may be in line for a starting position if he can stay healthy.

Justin Pugh has shown the ability to play numerous positions across the offensive line. He came in and started at right tackle right away, playing and starting in 30 out of a possible 32 games for the Giants. This year he will move inside to the guard position where many think he is better suited. His versatility is very valuable, especially for a line that has been decimated by injuries since his rookie campaign.

Defensive Tackle Jonathan Hankins had a breakout year last season, starting all 16 games and recording 7 sacks, which is an extremely high number for a defensive tackle. His ability to penetrate into the defensive backfield is outstanding and what is even more incredible is his closing speed on quarterbacks. It is early in his career but Big Hank is looking like a future star.

Damontre Moore has the size and the speed to be an every down lineman in the NFL, he must put it all together though, become more discipline and play better against the run. With that being said he is in a great spot with the Giants and their use of a rotating defensive line. He doesn’t have to be an excellent run stopper immediately due to the depth the Giants have but he must figure it out sooner or later if he wants to be a 4-down player.

Analysis: This was a big win for Reese. Bringing in starting linemen on both sides with Justin Pugh and Jonathan Hankins was excellent. Adding Moore and his pass rushing ability really made this a good draft. If Cooper Taylor can grab hold of a safety position and contribute this season then the 2013 class will be looked at favorably for the next several years.

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