By Dan Schneier @PFF_DanSc on May 9, 2014
The NFL Draft is here and after extensive research watching game film on the top 75 prospects over at Draft Breakdown, I feel confident bringing you these 12 players who earn a high grade on my overall big board and could still be available when the Giants pick in the second round. They will be ranked overall based on a combination of how high I grade them and how close they fit what the Giants need.
Although I don't prefer the Giants to get a finesse offensive tackle who projects better to the left side, Moses is too good to pass up at this pick. Any time he was faced with a top pass rusher in 2013, like Jeremiah Attachou out of Georgia Tech, he shut them down. He has the size and feet to play left tackle for a long time in this league. Unfortunately, the Giants are stuck with Beatty's contract for at least another two seasons.
If you watch just one game of ASJ's, and it happens to be the 2012 game against Cal, you might think he's the best TE prospect in the last decade. In that game, he looked very close to what Rob Gronkowski is when he's healthy. The problem with ASJ is that he carries baggage. In 2013, he didn't see eye-to-eye with his coach, and he was phased out of the offense. No TE in this class is a better combination of blocker and receiver. No, not Ebron.
Even though Jernigan played the 1 technique defensive tackle role at Florida St., which is currently occupied by second-year man Leonard Hankerson, his size, speed and overall game project him better to the 3 technique in the NFL. For those who were angry the team passed on Donald, myself included, Jernigan serves as a nice consolation prize. He has the quickness and strength to penetrate the A-gap and get into the backfield to disrupt the play.
I wrote about Crichton as a preferred target for the Giants a couple months back, and not much has changed. Watching his tape reminds me of a mid-career Justin Tuck. While he doesn't have the overall speed that Tuck did in his prime before the injuries hit, he has incredible flexibility and a great combination of power and speed. Some say he needs to improve his technique, and with the right coaching that should be easy to do. He can play LDE.
While RB might not be close to the same level of need for the Giants as OL, TE and DL are, Hyde is one of the best overall players heading into day two. His combination of power and compact bursts reminds me of a hybrid between the way Doug Martin and Eddie Lacy run the football. He's faster than Lacy and bigger than Martin. He would be my No. 1 RB in last year's draft as well. No one values RBs, but we all saw what Lacy was able to do.
Although I always preferred the other Volunteer offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James, for his quick feet, Richardson has more upside based on his overall size and athleticism. While his game tape isn't great in the pass blocking department, I actually think he can be a dominant right tackle in the NFL. At 6-foot-6, 336, he was one of the biggest tackles at the NFL Combine and his 36 bench reps were the second-most of all offensive linemen.
I was originally not very high on Ealy, so I decided to go back and watch the game film on two more of his games (Georgia and Indiana). What I saw was an athletic specimen who sometimes displays flashes of greatness, enough to make you think that NFL coaching can really mold him into an all-pro. He has the ideal size (6-foot-4, 273) to play left DE for the Giants across from JPP. Some even think he can add size and play the 3 technique DT
Some might see this ranking as too high, but I would not be surprised if Jackson goes higher than projected. At 6-foot-3, 336 pounds, he has the ideal size to be a mauling guard. The Giants made an effort to add size to their interior offensive line after Eli Manning's season was derailed by consistent pressure up the middle. Size isn't what stood out to me when I watched Jackson, however, it was his excellent quickness for a man his size.
If we know one thing for sure it's that under Jerry Reese, the Giants will draft for value over need the majority of the time. If they have a first-round grade on a player available in round two, most of the time they find it hard to pass on him. Personally, I find it hard to believe that they don't have a first-round grade on Hageman. When I watched him play, I saw an explosive interior penetrator with the ideal size to be an all-pro.
Bitonio will step right in and fit that versatile offensive lineman role that the Giants were rumored to be interested in addressing with Zack Martin in round one. Bitonio played left tackle in college, but most believe that his best position in the NFL will be guard. From what I saw on game tape, his quickness and overall athleticism stood out the most. He's a mean blocker and would immediately serve as the heir apparent to Chris Snee.
As I mentioned in my draft profile on Amaro, he fits in right around 25-30 overall on my big board. Amaro will immediately step in as a red zone threat for the Giants, which is something they sorely lacked in 2013 when they finished 30th out of 32 teams in touchdown percentage in the red zone.
For more on my take on Amaro check out my draft profile here: http://bit.ly/1m5STCV
Sua-Filo comes in as my top target for the Giants in round two. From my evaluations, Sua-Filo graded out as my top OG prospect and my third-best OL overall after Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews. I even dug back a little deeper and watched his game film from when UCLA used him at LT. He succeeded once again. He has really quick feet, he's quick out of his stance, he displays great balance and he's awesome blocking at the second level.
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