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2014 NFL Draft: New York Giants Select Syracuse DT Jay Bromley

May 9th, 2014 at 10:01 PM
By Dan Benton

With their third pick (No. 74 overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select Syracuse DT Jay Bromley.

Bromley, who is a 6'3'', 310 lbs. 3-technique defensive tackle, will help fill the void left by the departure of Linval Joseph. In his senior year at Syracuse, he turned it on down the stretch, finishing the season with 10 sacks, an ACC-leading three forced fumbles — something that boosted his draft stock.

“I’ve watched the best D-tackles in the country and I look at them and say ‘Ain’t nothing that they do that I don’t do — that I can’t do,’ ” Bromley said last week. “Aaron Donald was the best defensive player in the country this year. But I told him ‘If me and you are on the same team, I’m starting.’ ”

Although Bromley feels he's one of the best defensive tackles in the country, he was mocked to go in the fourth round, leading many to already speculate that the Giants, once again, reached. But head coach Tom Coughlin praised Bromley as a leader and likened him to a "short Chris Canty."

"Size, speed, team captain – we always like captains," Coughlin said.

In addition to being able to rush from the inside, Bromley is actually more well-known for his run-stuffing ability. And despite the Giants' desire for versatility, General Manager Jerry Reese says Bromley will remain at defensive tackle and not kick out to either end position.

Both Coughlin and Reese feel Bromley will come in and immediately join a defensive tackle rotation that includes Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Markus Kuhn and Mike Patterson.

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Tags: Aaron Donald, Chris Canty, Football, Jay Bromley, Linval Joseph, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

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63 Responses to “2014 NFL Draft: New York Giants Select Syracuse DT Jay Bromley”

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  1.  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

    Lol the jpp of DTs ;)

  2.  kujo says:

    Dude is a big, run-stuffer. Exactly what we lost in Linval.

  3.  GmenMania says:

    This seems like a huge reach to me…

  4.  BadBadLeroyBrown says:

    Didnt see that one coming but he gets after the QB from the inside.

  5.  Begiant says:

    Skins should go G here. They can really create a dynamic offense by protecting RGIII and opening stuff up for Morris.

  6.  kujo says:

    10 sacks last year!

  7.  GmenMania says:

    NFL.com Analysis:

    STRENGTHS Good combination of size and movement skills. Flashes quick get-off and the ability to hold his ground against the run. Can work half a man, get skinny enough to penetrate the gap and closes with some steam when he has a direct bead on the QB. Is active and gives effort in pursuit. Strong tackler when he’s able to wrap up ball carriers. Coachable, hardworking.
    WEAKNESSES Small hands. Pad level fluctuates. Average eyes and diagnostic ability. Does not play with pop or power in his hands to shock or discard blockers. Moved by double teams. Bland pass rusher (inflated sack numbers). Has tweener traits. Tepid intensity level — could use more glass in his diet.
    DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 4-5
    BOTTOM LINE Well-built, inconsistent interior defender with enough strength, athleticism and pass-rush ability to contribute in a rotational role. Best fits as a 4-3 defensive tackle, but could appeal to teams running a hybrid scheme given his potential to be used as a five-technique.

  8.  Nosh.0 says:

    ESPN scouts grade has a 48 on him. By comparison ODB was a 93 and Richburg was a 77.

    Height-Weight-Speed
    Possesses above-average height and adequate arm length (33 1/2″). Adequate bulk with thick lower half but can continue to develop upper body. Hands are on smaller side (9 1/4″). Average top-end speed for position.

    Durability
    Has appeared in 50 of 51 career games over a four year span at Syracuse. No significant injuries that we are currently aware of.

    Intangibles
    Comes from a tough upbringing. Dad was in jail for murder when he was born and mother was a crack addict. Was brought in and raised by his Aunt Frances Nimmons when he just 4 months old. Quiet and on the reserved side. Well-liked and respected by coaches and teammates. Loves the game and has a strong understanding of the work ethic required to make it. Puts in extra time in the film and weight room. Very coachable. Not a natural leader and leads more by example.

    Versus the Run
    Traditional one-gap defender. Displays an adequate anchor. Above-average torque and can absorb double team with upper body while holding his ground in lower body. Pad level will rise upon contact on occasion and will lose balance as result. Active hands in a phone booth getting off of blocks.

    Pass Rush Skills
    Above-average initial quickness. When coming off with quality leverage gets an adequate initial surge. Active hands and flashes as a counter puncher. Displays a flexible torso and shows ability to bend. Pad level will rise as he tires. Still developing in terms of finishing strength and power. Adequate closing burst.

    Quickness (hands/feet)
    Adequate first step quickness and shows ability to quickly get on top of defenders. Feet are quicker than hands at this point. Not always pretty but shows good agility and moves well in space. Above-average range.

    Toughness/Motor
    Good motor and loves to chase in pursuit. Sticks with pass rush and gives second effort when initially slowed by blockers. Scrappy and shows good fight at the point of attack. However, would like to see more of a nasty side and doesn’t always play with a violent demeanor.

  9.  kujo says:

    I wanted Louis Nix there, but it’s hard to beat production. 10 sacks is 10 sacks.

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