The 2013 NFL Draft is two months away. The combine is viewed more now than ever. What gets pseudo-ignored is the NCAA Pro Days beginning in just a few weeks.
There is an entire schedule for more than 125 schools in the nation. Yeah, the New York Football Giants will send their scouting department to a few of them, but their job has been done for the most part. Discussing character as well as physical attributes and fit into the blue system are a part of them attempting to build a model of a draft board.
For decades, the Giants have been hush about any moves they’d possibly make. This includes draft prospects. Speculations and mock drafts (while fun for some) show that most talking heads are way off. There is never a way to predict what a private team is going to do – even based on past moves or current “needs.” What you or I (or the ”expert” pundits) believe the franchise is lacking is not always the case as far as the front office is concerned.
Last week, former Big Blue offensive lineman Luke Petitgout confessed that the Giants know what they’re doing as far as letting players go. Well, then it’s gotta be the same thing as far as who remains in uniform: the Giants know what they’re doing and who they have, and consequently when it’s deemed time for them to step up.
As for these college visits, the team will travel to some, but also have prospects come in as well as visit them privately. Don’t think for one moment that these possible draftees haven’t been pre-viewed on tape, in games, for the last few years. Every one of their games has been an audition. There are also the few favorites of blue over the years (Boston College, for one obvious reason) where they keep connections.
Where the New York Football Giants go as far as the 19th overall pick can vary, as does their version of a draft board. Although the talk surrounding General Manager Jerry Reese and the draft always ends with the phrase “best player available” repeatedly mentioned. Hold onto that thought, since it is true. They do tie in need also. It remains hard, though, to pass on a player that isn’t necessarily immediately needed, but will make the team better/stronger in a skill position (if he’s sitting there in the draft and on their board). Right now, general consensus will agree (for the most part – there are always a few that are way outside of the normal football group thinking) that an offensive tackle (possible even a guard), a defensive tackle, a corner, and linebacker are pressing needs for blue. This information doesn’t mean that the Giants won’t draft another defensive end…
April is quite some time away. Enjoy being a fan. Stop being a scrutinizing Jerry Jones-like owner/GM/coach. It makes you a cranky person. For once, watch the Pro Days and NFL Combine and discuss players and their talents (or lack thereof). Making attempts to predict the future of the 2013 New York Giants without a working crystal ball or soothsayer powers (or an “in” to the draft room) is as moot a point as waiting in the “will call” line for Super Bowl tickets now.
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