This year’s BCS bowl games will be filled with potential players that can help the New York Giants. The first bowl that we break down will be the Orange Bowl, which takes place Friday, January 3rd at 8:00 PM EST.
Projected Round: 1-2
One of the top OLB prospects in the draft, Ryan Shazier was one of the few bright spots in a disappointing Big Ten title game for Ohio State. Shazier led the team in tackles with 12, and blocked a punt to briefly change the momentum. Known for playing the game with reckless abandon, Shazier has been stout in run support using his explosiveness to power off of blocks. His athletic ability allows him to drop into a zone and occasionally cover wide receivers as well as tight ends. Shazier would be an excellent fit in a linebacker core that lacks athleticism, and if John Beason returns the Giants could have two tackling machines in the group.
Projected Round: 1-2
Another outstanding athlete in a weak Ohio State defense, Bradley Roby came into the year as one of the best cornerback prospects in the country. He failed to live up to the hype, with poor showings against some of the better wide receivers in the country. He could make up for that if Urban Meyer decides to put him on Sammy Watkins in the Orange Bowl. Roby has the athleticism and speed to stay with Watkins and the strength to overpower him at the line of scrimmage. Teams considering Roby have to decide whether the poor performances were aberrations and a product of being on a weak defensive team or a lack of skills. His lapses in coverage may not make him a number one corner in the league, but he could be a very solid number two. For what he has lacked in coverage this year, he has more than made up in run support. Roby’s willingness to make tackles and his mental toughness could make him a viable number two corner if NFL coaching can improve his coverage mishaps. Performing his best in bump and run coverage, it doesn’t look like he would fit into Perry Fewell’s scheme.
Projected Round: 6-7
Clemson’s Brandon Thomas came into the year on offensive line award watch lists and was poised to have big season. Thomas was a big part of Clemson averaging over 40 points per game and over 500 yards of offense. Thomas landed on the second team All ACC, rightfully so behind Florida State’s Tre Jackson and Georgia Tech’s Shaq Mason. He also did a good job in helping keeping Jadeveon Clowney in check, albeit with help from a tight end. Thomas is probably a guard/tackle tweener at the NFL level and needs to work on some footwork issues. He would be a project and not an immediate help, but there is potential to make an impact at the next level.
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