By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on May 12, 2014
The 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone and teams are beginning to assess their inventory. The Giants had seven picks in the draft and used a variety of them to plug some much-needed areas on the roster. While the Giants opted not to address what seem to be need areas at tight end and defensive end, click through to find out how they fared on their other picks.
Most sixth-round picks don't end up making much of an impact at the NFL level, and Bennett Jackson should be no different. Jackson enjoyed a nice career at Notre Dame, but on a team that's knee-deep in cornerback depth after the signings of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond III and Zack Bowman, Jackson's best chance to make the team is likely on special teams.
The Giants were given a pick at the end of the fifth round as compensation for losing several free agents the offseason prior and, with that pick, they chose hybrid LB/DE prospect Devon Kennard out of USC. The Giants' defensive end depth is a bit thin, so if Kennard can prove his mettle getting to the QB he could find a place in that rotation, but it's more likely he'll cut his chops on special teams.
Safety wasn't considered one of the Giants' biggest needs until Will Hill transgressed again and has himself facing a long suspension. As a result, the Giants opted for Berhe with their first fifth-round pick, and he's someone who could give incumbent Cooper Taylor a run for his money as the fourth safety. Berhe isn't the biggest guy, but he's got good ball instincts which should help him at the next level.
Although the Giants signed Rashad Jennings and re-signed Peyton Hillis this offseason, David Wilson's spinal stenosis diagnosis has made him a complete uncertainty. To this end, New York decided to fortify their RB corps even more by taking Heisman finalist Andre Williams in the fourth round. Williams is a bit one-dimensional with his lack of pass-catching skills, but he's a true power runner who could eventually supplant Hillis in that role.
Although many "draft experts" had a fifth or sixth-round grade on Bromley, the Giants were enamored enough with the Syracuse DT to grab him in the third round. Bromley's production in college speaks for itself, and he's got an innate ability to collapse the interior of the pocket which is something that could endear him to a Giants team that just lost Linval Joseph to free agency and is relying on second-year man Johnathan Hankins.
After cutting starting center David Baas, the Giants went out and signed former Broncos center JD Walton. Walton, however, hasn't played in a NFL game since early in the 2012 season, so New York found some much-needed insurance in Richburg. Richburg is considered by many to be the best center in the draft, and as a powerful and agile interior blocker, he also possesses the versatility to kick out to guard if the need arises.
While many pundits thought the Giants were going to target an offensive lineman in the first round, New York instead opted for a much-needed offensive playmaker in Odell Beckham, Jr. Beckham, Jr. is one of the best athletes in the draft and, although his sub-6-foot frame concerns some, he more than makes up for it with his tremendous leaping ability, speed and intuitive route-running. He should be a capable replacement for Hakeem Nicks.
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