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Scouting the Non-BCS Games Part 2: Potential New York Giants Targets

December 14th, 2013 at 1:00 PM
By Anthony Raia

The BCS bowl games aren’t the only ones that will include potential players that can help the New York Giants. The first of the non-BCS bowls kick off December 21st, and last until January 5th, here is part one of some players to watch. The Giants will be looking to fill holes at linebacker, offensive line and cornerback to name a few. The below players could be players the New York Giants target in this April’s draft.

Some players listed are underclassman and may not declare for the draft.

Russell Athletic Bowl, 12/28 3:20PM ESPN

Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami/ Malcom Bunche, G, Miami

Projected Round: 3-6

Henderson is a large athletic tackle that struggled with consistency throughout the year. Off the field issues are a concern along with his consistency issues. He projects as a potential project, but given his size can develop into a solid tackle in the NFL. Bunche is the better of the two and was great in run blocking this season, opening up plenty of holes for Duke Johnson. Bunch most likely projects to a right tackle in the NFL.

DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

Projected Round: 2-4

Parker was Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target the past couple of seasons. He brings a big frame, standing at 6’3” and 205 pounds. He doesn’t possess elite speed, but is deceptively quick.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 12/28, 10:15PM on ESPN

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Projected Round: Top 15

Lewan finished an up and down season strong, and should be a top 15 pick in this year’s draft. His season was littered with personal foul penalties and cheap shots, which is something to keep an eye on. Lewan loves to bury defenders and take on linebackers, something that is rare in the current offensive line.

Valero Alamo Bowl, 12/30, 6:45PM on ESPN

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

Projected Round: Top 20

Likely a top 15 pick, Ekpre-Olomu could be an alternative if the New York Giants miss out on Darquez Dennard. Ekpre-Olomu brings great height and above average speed. He also brings great closing speed and play making skills. He will have to adjust his physical play to the NFL rules. Ekpre-Olomu didn’t face many elite wide recievers this year, which could be a question mark heading into the draft.

Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas

Projected Round: 2-4

Jeffcoat comes from the Osi Umenyiora mold of defensive ends. He is an exceptional pass rusher with a great burst off the line. His run defense coupled with his injury history could be a concern but his pass rushing skills could be too good to pass up in the middle round.

National University Holiday Bowl, 12/30, 10:15 ESPN

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

Projected Round: Top 30

Amaro is a great route runner and a threat down the middle of the field. It is unlikely the Giants go tight end round one, but Amaro is built in the Rob Gronkowski mold. He is too fast for linebackers to cover and too big for safeties to try bring down on their own. Amaro needs to show more in run blocking, which could vault him into the top 15.

AdvoCare V100 Bowl, 12/31, 12:30PM on ESPN

Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

Projected Round: 2-3

Carey is small but a tough running back that runs big and averages a high number of yards after contact. He has great acceleration once he gets to the second level. Carey’s ball security and arrest history could hurt his draft stock.

Andre Williams, RB, Boston College

Projected Round 3-5

Williams, a Heisman finalist, is a player who could shoot up draft boards. He broke out his senior season, putting up numbers only seen by Barry Sanders. Williams is a big strong back with average speed but not game breaking speed. A guy his size should be adequate in pass blocking, so keep an eye on that part of his game.

Hyundai Sun Bowl, 12/31, 2PM on CBS

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Projected Round: 1-3

Fuller was the best player on one of the best defenses in the country this season. He shut down Alabama’s Amari Cooper in Week 1. Fuller brings great football instincts but his speed doesn’t show up on the field. He is great in run support, but would need to see how he performs at the Senior Bowl.

Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

Projected Round: 1-2

After watching Jackson’s Alabama game film, the New York Giants would be mistaken if Jackson was around in round two and they passed. He dominated the Alabama defensive line in that game, and has a good chance to turn out to be the best offensive lineman in this draft. His width and athleticism makes him hard to get around. He has inconsistent fundamentals at time, but makes up for that with brute strength and his ability to recover. Jackson is a great run blocker and teams will love his aggressiveness.

Chic-Fil-A Bowl, 12/31, 8PM on ESPN

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Projected Round: Top 10

One of the best offensive line prospects in the draft, Matthews probably won’t make it to the Giants’ pick. He displays no major weaknesses and is strong in both the run and passing games. He has that mean streak that this offensive line lacks.

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Projected Round: Top 10

Evans is probably the best wide receiver in the draft and could be a perfect weapon for Eli Manning. He would bring a red zone threat that the Giants haven’t seen since Plaxico Burress left. Evans is a great run blocker and could be the replacement for Hakeem Nicks, although he lacks Nicks’ burst in the open field.

Capital One Bowl, 1/1, Noon on ABC

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Projected Round: Top 5

A top five pick that is likely gone before the New York Giants get a chance to pick, Clowney is a house hold name. His recent off the field issues could scare some teams off, but likely won’t. His athleticism is off the charts and Clowney is a once in a decade prospect.

Outback Bowl, 1/1, 1PM on ESPN

Lamin Barrow, OLB, LSU

Projected Round: 3-5

Barrow was overshadowed the past few seasons on what has been an excellent LSU defense. He turned in an excellent season this year and put up great numbers. Barrow is most likely a WILL, but could put on size and play MLB. He possesses great football instincts and is a technically sound tackler. Barrow is a guy to keep an eye on in the later rounds.

Odell Beckham JR, WR, LSU

Projected Round: 2-3

Beckham is a big play wide receiver but might not have the size to hold up in the NFL. He is a great route runner and can be physical with cornerbacks.

Cotton Bowl, 1/4 , 7:30PM on ESPN

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Projected Round: Top 30

Gilbert has great size and above average speed for the cornerback position. He is vulnerable to double moves because of his propensity to gamble and jump routes. Gilbert has great ball skills and is excellent in run support.

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Projected Round: 1-2

Ealy to possess a great motor and athleticism on what was a very good pass rush Missouri this year. He is active against the run and can shift around the line similar to Justin Tuck. He is great in pursuit but needs to improve his gap integrity.

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13 Responses to “Scouting the Non-BCS Games Part 2: Potential New York Giants Targets”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Great job. Very good insight on some real potential targets.

  2.  Nosh.0 says:

    Love the draft articles but as I mentioned earlier Evans will not be that dude in the NFL. In fact by April he won’t even be picked in the top 20, maybe not even first round. He’s gonna have trouble getting separation at the next level.

    We will have to come up with some sort of friendly wager for the pro Evans vs. Evans is overrated crowd.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I 100% agree with your player analysis tough with several young big WRs playing well he still could get draft mid first round. I don’t want him. If we are going big WR give me Benjamin from FSU.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I love Matthews and Jackson for our O-line and those corners mentioned may be strong picks but obviously the guy is Dennard. I also really like Amaro.

    In any case, I haven’t seen enough of any of the players in college to judge well (except when it comes to the Rose Bowl, where I have a good deal of knowledge about one of the teams and am very anxious to get a good look at the other). When thinking about players who are “NFL-ready” (none really ever are) that Rose Bowl could be the best of all the college games this season.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I like players from those two programs because they play pro style systems. It makes it much easier to analyze players and their players are more likely to be ready to play. I have a feeling MSU has some other underrated draft prospects.

      Jace is a real interesting TE. I’m worried about his blocking but he seems to have everything else. I still think Jenkins is being undervalued and he might be perfect for us as a 2nd round pick.

  4.  Nosh.0 says:

    So I know this is a sore subject among people, but I think I’ve reached the point where I will be rooting for us to lose our last 3. However it won’t be rooting for us to play bad. Quite the opposite. I’ll be rooting for us to play really well and find a way for us to lose flukey in the last minute.

    I just think a top 6 pick would give us so many options. If you wanted to trade up a few spots to get Clowney or Mathews you could do it, possibly, without paying a huge amount in additional picks. Also you would have an opportunity to trade down and land a nice haul. Or just sit tight and draft whatever talented player is available at that spot.

    I think past the first 6-8 picks and you lose some of those trading options.

    And finally, I don’t think we can argue that we are one of the bottom 10 teams this season. Would be an added disappointment to play so poorly and not be compensated accordingly.

  5.  Dirt says:

    For what it’s worth, I see the Bengals and Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

    I have zero faith in Peyton Manning winning two games in Denver. I have zero faith in this depleted Patriots staff when they get out of the AFC East and start playing nothing but big boys in the Playoffs. I see the Chiefs maybe beating Indy in the Wild Card round, who knows, but if they do they’re not doing anything else when they also play the big boys.

    In the big boy conference, no one is going up to Seattle and winning, so nothing else matters.

    So when those two teams show up in Jersey in February, it will be two teams well suited for the elements (read: not Peyton). Which means it will be a good game, if “void of stars”.

    •  Dirt says:

      *depleted Patriots roster – their staff is second to none.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        The only problem with the Bengals is Dalton. Unlike many I always believed that flacco had last year in him but dalton I’m not so sure. He doesn’t have to carry them but dalton needs to be like Eli in 2007 for them to win. I still would lean towards Denver but there should be concerns.

        Seattle should win but so should have Den in 2012, GB in 2011, Atl in 2010, us in 2008 and Dallas in 2007. And the game all of these teams lost was their first playoff game. With everything clinched the last week and a week off top seeds get out of sync. That scares me about Seattle. I think they are most likely to be upset by a team like Detroit or Carolina in their first playoff game then getting beat in the NFC championship game.

  6.  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

    I hope we end up 5-11 and the 3-4 win teams win last few games . Jr with a top 10 pick should be set up for a monster draft . We have wiggle room to get free agents this year and even more so if we cut Webster, rolle, baas, Myers, kiwi and snee ( would have 30M+ in cap space) We could resign beason, tuck, Terrell Thomas , will hill , Steve brown , Andre brown , paysinger , rolle, boothe(center) , nicks (with the right price or f tag him and trade) , linval Joseph, hillis.

    We could get grimes in FA to play opposite prince.
    One very good guard in FA and draft.
    One LB hopefully that Burrow kid from LSU.
    One beast TE in draft .
    And finally one good DE like michael Bennett

    Our first two picks should be starters on day one based on a top ten pick barring injuries or lack of rookie trust by TC.

    Could also find some gems in later rounds.
    Bottomline. We have to get more athletic and younger on the offensive line and Te position . Defense needs consistent pass rush with rolle, hill, brown 3 safety look.

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