The New York Giants entered the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with a lot of holes that needed to be filled and filled a large hole by selecting wide receiver Odell Beckham. Hakeem Nicks left as a free agent, leaving a large hole at receiver in his wake. The Giants have Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle and brought back Mario Manningham. However, Randle still has to live up to the potential and Manningham is coming off major knee surgery. If history has shown anything, it is that you need three good receivers in this league today.
Say what you want about the Giants needing help along the offensive line. They still do need help along the line even after bringing in J.D. Walton, John Jerry, Charles Brown and Geoff Schwartz in free agency. However, the value wasn’t there at twelve. One could argue that Zack Martin was exactly what the Giants needed but he is probably best along the interior of the line or at right tackle. The Giants have a right tackle in Justin Pugh and they still believe Will Beatty can be their left tackle moving forward. The twelfth overall pick is not where you pick up a guard.
The Giants saw Odell Beckham and the value was too good to pass up. Beckham instantly makes the Giants receiving corps deep and, if healthy, a potentially very dangerous group. Beckham has the potential to turn into a number one receiver and has drawn comparisons to Isaac Bruce. He is dangerous in the return game and is a threat to turn a short pass into a long gain. He has the ability to be a real threat.
There are a lot of Giants fans who wanted an offensive lineman. That is understandable. There are others who wanted Aaron Donald, the best defensive tackle in the draft. There is still time to add prospects along the offensive and defensive lines.
The Giants will enter round two with defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, defensive end Stephon Tuitt, guard Gabe Jackson, offensive tackle Morgan Moses, defensive tackle Louis Nix III, guard Xavier Su’a-Filo and center Marcus Martin still on the board. Some will probably be picked but the Giants should have a nice selection to choose from if they wish to address the trenches.
Taking Martin would have been a safe pick but GM Jerry Reese doesn’t normally go for safe. The Giants fall in love with a prospect and go for him if he is still available. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t. Reese wanted to give Eli Manning one of the best weapons in the draft and it is hard to argue against that. There is still enough depth in this draft to address the offensive line and find a starter in that group. Right now, adding Beckham is a good choice so long as Reese addresses other major needs later in the draft.