Tick, tock. Tick, tock. The 2014 NFL Draft is slowly but surely is getting here, but in the mean time, kick back on this Wednesday morning with a hot cup of coffee and enjoy the following AM headlines.
If we think of the project in terms of a house, it's probably fair to say that the framework and foundation are both in place, but the walls and some of the supporting structures still need to be installed.
That’s partially what the NFL draft is going to accomplish for New York if the choices are made judiciously. Ideally, the Giants hope to get at least two or three starters out of their draft class, though a more realistic expectation is that every player picked will ultimately be able to contribute something during his rookie season.
He also participated in the Ravens' local prospects day.
Although sidelined for the last nine games of his senior year, McDougle took part in the Terps' Pro Day workout in College Park where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 and 4.48 seconds.
Kevin Seifert did an interesting study ranking NFL teams in order of the most original draft picks still on their rosters. The Green Bay Packers lead the way with 33. The Chicago Bears are last on the list with 15. The New York Giants rank a little below the middle of the pack with 23, tied with the Rams and the Chiefs for 18th. Of the 12 teams with fewer original picks still on the roster, all but the Cowboys and Saints have undergone a somewhat recent change in the front office that would help explain the phenomenon.
Of those 23 for the Giants, only eight project as starters, and numbers like these surely provide grist for the theory that the Giants haven't been drafting very well since Jerry Reese became their GM. That theory has some evidence behind it, for sure, but I'd like to point out a couple of mitigating factors here:
Eli Manning isn't counted as one of the 23 original picks still on the roster (or as one of the eight starters), because this is a computer-generated list and the Chargers technically picked Manning in 2004 before trading him to the Giants. So to be fair and accurate, you have to move the Giants up to 24, tied with the Bills and Dolphins for 16th, right in the middle of the NFL pack. Manning cost the Giants two picks in the 2004 draft and two picks in the 2005 draft, so that's a total of four picks that don't count toward this list but did produce their 10-year starting quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP.
A number of mock drafts have the Giants taking North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron with their 12th pick on May 8. And they may be right.
Ask Cruz for his input, as the Daily News did the day the Giants reconvened for their offseason training program, and he’ll tell you they could use a field-stretching, big-play wide receiver. And though Fewell likes to keep his cards covered, he probably wouldn’t be displeased with a pass-rushing defensive end.
Guess what? They’re both right.
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