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 Rose Bowl, which takes place Wednesday, January 1st at 5:00 PM EST. 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.
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Projected Round: Top 20
The Thorpe Award winner, Dennard is the best cornerback in the draft. Dennard’s instincts are off the charts, and much of that can be traced back to the hard work he puts in the film room. Dennard would be a great fit for the New York Giants, but it may take a scheme change. He would be most effective in press coverage and doesn’t have the elite speed to close on soft zone coverage. Dennard would need to get a little stronger to handle the top wide receivers in the league, but should be a starter from day one. Since he isn’t an elite athlete, his best asset to stopping receivers like Dez Bryant or Calvin Johnson is his ability to reroute them and not allow clean breaks off the line. Bryant and Johnson are stronger than any receiver Dennard faced at the college level, so adding that strength will be important. He could develop into an elite corner in the NFL.
Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State
Projected Round: 3-4
Max Bullough won’t blow you away with size or speed, but he does possess great intangibles. He does a great job of locating crossing receivers when dropping back into coverage and reading the play action. Bullough does a great job of beating blockers and shut down the run in the backfield, but projects to be a little bit of a project. He is a great tackler and if he gets a hold of a ball carrier the odds are he won’t finish the play without making the tackle. However, when he is one on one with a ball carrier in the open field he tends to struggle. If he could solve the open field issues and when rushing the passer, Bullough could develop into a solid linebacker.
David Yankey, G, Stanford
Projected Round: 2-3
David Yankey made a name for himself when Stanford upset then number two Oregon. All night Yankey pulled and dominated the undersized Oregon defense in the run game. Yankey possesses great football instincts and is great at picking up the blitz and stunts. He is capable of playing multiple positions across the offensive line but is probably best suited at guard. When blocking Yankey likes to make sure the defenders remember the block and is known to play with a mean streak. He is excellent in both run and pass protection, and would be a great fit for the New York Giants pitiful offensive line.
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