Grading the New York Giants’ 2014 NFL Draft Picks

Grading the New York Giants' 2014 NFL Draft Picks

New York Giants 2014 NFL Draft
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Armed with seven selections, the New York Giants used the 2014 NFL Draft to stockpile their roster with young talent. The Giants made a concerted effort to bring in high-character, well-respected prospects in this year's draft. Of their seven selections, five were captains of their respective college teams. Here is a look at how the Giants' draft picks grade out.

1st-Round (12th overall)- Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

First-Round (12th overall)- Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
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1st-Round (12th overall)- Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
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The Giants used their first selection on wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He is a dynamic playmaker with the potential to score anytime he touches the ball. He will be a welcome addition to a Giants offense that struggled to score points last season. Big Blue could have gone with Zack Martin to help solidify their offensive line, but chose Beckham's game-changing abilities instead.

Grade: B+

2nd-Round (43rd overall)- Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

Second-Round (43rd overall)- Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
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2nd-Round (43rd overall)- Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

Second-Round (43rd overall)- Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
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The Giants addressed their offensive line in the second round, selecting Weston Richburg. He is an athletic center who can also play guard. He started 50 games in college and made all of the pre-snap calls for the offense. Richburg will have a chance to start for the Giants from day one.

Grade: B+

3rd-Round (74th overall)- Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse

Third-Round (74th overall)- Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
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3rd-Round (74th overall)- Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse

Third-Round (74th overall)- Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
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In the third round, the Giants made arguably their most questionable pick of the draft, selecting defensive tackle Jay Bromley. He was projected to be a sixth or seventh-round pick by most analysts. The selection was especially odd considering the talented defensive line prospects available at that point in the draft. Still, Bromley should be able to earn time in the New York's defensive tackle rotation.

Grade: C-

4th-Round (113th overall)- Andre Williams, RB, Boston College

Fourth-Round (113th overall)- Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
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4th-Round (113th overall)- Andre Williams, RB, Boston College

Fourth-Round (113th overall)- Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
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In the fourth round, the G-Men selected Heisman finalist Andre Williams. He ran for 18 touchdowns and over 2,000 yards during his senior season at Boston College. He will likely be used in a goal line and short yardage role for the Giants this season. If Williams can improve his pass-catching ability, he can become a feature back in the NFL.

Grade: B+

5th-Round (152nd overall)- Nat Berhe, S, San Diego State

Fifth-Round (152nd overall)- Nat Berhe, S, San Diego State
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5th-Round (152nd overall)- Nat Berhe, S, San Diego State

5th-Round (152nd overall)- Nat Berhe, S, San Diego State
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The Giants added depth to their secondary by drafting Nat Berhe in the fifth-round. Berhe is a versatile player who can play either strong or free safety as well as the nickel corner position. He does not have great speed, but he has fantastic instincts and is a willing hitter. Berhe may find himself on the field a great deal if Will Hill is suspended.

Grade: B

5th-Round (174th overall)- Devon Kennard, OLB, USC

Fifth-Round (174th overall)- Devon Kennard, OLB, USC
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5th-Round (174th overall)- Devon Kennard, OLB, USC

Fifth-Round (174th overall)- Devon Kennard, OLB, USC
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New York used their second fifth-round pick on Devon Kennard. He is another versatile player who can play any linebacker spot as well as defensive end. He was a captain at USC and comes from NFL bloodlines. Kennard failed to become an impact player at USC, but the Giants like his potential.

Grade: C+

6th-Round (187th overall)- Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame

Sixth-Round (187th overall)- Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
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6th-Round (187th overall)- Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame

Sixth-Round (187th overall)- Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
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The Giants closed their draft by selecting cornerback Bennett Jackson in the sixth round. New York is already very deep at corner, so Jackson's impact will most likely be felt on special teams his rookie season. The Giants could have gone with an offensive lineman in this spot, but Jackson has the potential to develop into a solid corner in a few years.

Grade: B-

 


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