As we enter the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft, much has been made about the New York Giants' first three selections: LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Colorado State center Weston Richburg and Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley.
With the exception of Beckham, who saw his stock skyrocket in the final weeks leading up to the draft, many consider the Giants to have reached for their picks. The general consensus seems to be that the Giants could have had a shot at Richburg in Round 3 and could have had a shot at Bromley in Round 4. However, neither were guaranteed to fall and General Manager Jerry Reese decided it wouldn't be wise to risk it.
So, as they've done in the past, the Giants went against the grain and made selections they believe will help the team. And perhaps more than just the talent they've added to their roster, Big Blue homed in on a very specific type of player and personality — something all three draft selections share in common.
"These guys are high character, team captains, hard workers, smart, competitive guys with no issues whatsoever. These are the things we look for all the time," Vice President of Player Evaluation Marc Ross said. "It does not always happen. Certain things you take a little more calculated risks on at certain times. This just happened to fall right for us where we felt these guys were at the very highest in regards to character."
During his time at LSU, Beckham Jr. was consider a team leader, while both Richburg and Bromley were team captains at their respective colleges. And while the latter two may need some development, it's their smarts, leadership ability and hard-working attitude that made it impossible for them to be passed up.
"We like captains," Reese said. "Most of these kids are developmental, let's face it. But in this day and age, there aren't a lot of guys you can let sit around and redshirt. These guys, we think they're more mature, and that's attractive for us."
With losses like Justin Tuck, David Diehl and Linval Joseph, the Giants not only needed players who would come in and contribute immediately, they needed players who lead by example and will, eventually, morph into team leaders.
Thus far, they've gotten exactly that with every single one of their picks.
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